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7 Books For Law School Success

So you’ve been accepted to Law School, congratulations! As you may have already guessed or even experienced, law school is one of the most demanding courses out there. Not to worry though with these study aids you’ll find your law school experience is just that bit easier.

Black’s Law Dictionary 

A law dictionary is the first thing you’ll need to succeed in law  school, how can you write an impressive legal argument without the legal terminology to back it up. Time to start working on that legalese. This dictionary comes with over 13,000 definitions and a complete version of the U.S. Constitution.

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

As any good law student or attorney can tell you, citations are of utmost importance. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that you say within a legal argument whether it is in a courtroom or in a paper must have the correct citation or it may not be allowable. Especially in the instance of precedents you need to be able to pinpoint the exact location in a previous judgement if it is to be applied to your case. The Bluebook is the uniform system of citation throughout the United States. 

Legal Writing In Plain English


Another important aspect of law school is the ability to write well and to cohesively answer legal problems. Legal Writing In Plain English is a great book to teach you how to tackle all aspects of legal writing including, writing legal memorandums, legal problems and legal drafting techniques. One thing that sets this book apart is that it includes exersises to help improve your writing skills. A must for any student. 

Open Book: Succeeding on Exams From the First Day of Law School


Depending on the law school that you are attending your exams may account for up to 100 percent of your final grade, so as you can imagine exams are essential to your success. This book provides an insider’s account of what examiners look for in an answer and sample answes and tips. 

Law School For Dummies

This book is ideal for the complete novice to law school life and ultimately provides the biginners guide to surviving the law school experience. Particularly focussing on the first year of law school, this book also discusses how to balance life and law school, passing the bar and landing your first job as a graduate through the use of straight talk and personal experiences. 

1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School


This book gives a detailed step by step guide to both emotional and academic success in the principal first year of law school. It includes accounts of student fears during the first year, tips on legal research and writing, as well as tips on note taking, course outlining and exam preparation. 

Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class


This book advises first year law students on specific strategies in order to prevent the mistakes that are common among first year students. It goes through strategies on how to read a case, case briefing, mastering the socratic method, and legal writing techniques.

Quickstudy Law Guides


These guides provide sample answers on how to excel in law study areas such as legal writing, case briefing, legal research, legal terminology and specific quickstudy class guides. Conveniently these guides are laminated making them the perfect study guide and exam preparation tool.


The success in law school is all about preparation, with the books in this article you’ll be one step ahead.


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