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Academic Success - Bibliography

• Alex Schimel, Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades (Carolina Academic Press 2012)

This practical, straight-forward book explains how to effectively approach law school essay exam questions.  This short-read provides a very detailed and methodical approach to law school exam preparation, including six critical tips to implement when preparing for exams and five big mistakes to avoid.

• Ann L. Iijima, The Law Student's Pocket Mentor (Wolters Kluwer 2007)

This is a thoughtful and insightful book that offers information on a variety of topics, from financial aid to exam preparation to navigating the job market. The book is readable and well organized; it effectively uses charts and diagrams to communicate useful information. I especially like the letters from students that the author publishes and her chapter on grades. The only weak section is the chapter that provides sample exam questions and answers. The sample questions are few and probably too superficial; the corresponding model answers are not as detailed as those you will be required to generate.

• Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, Mastering the Law School Exam (Thomson West 2007)

This text focuses on preparing for and taking law school exams. She has great chapters on outlining course material, writing strong essay responses, and performing well on multiple choice questions. The book is a great companion to Iijima's, Ramy's, or Carey and Adams's books.

• Herbert N. Ramy, Succeeding in Law School (Carolina Academic Press 2006)

Covers all aspects of law school from preparing for the first day of classes to exams; helpful chapter on dealing with law school stress.

• Michael Hunter Schwartz, Expert Learning for Law Students (Carolina Academic Press 2005)

Focuses on explaining and applying learning theory to the law school environment.

• Ruth Ann McKinney, Reading Like a Lawyer: Time Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert (Carolina Academic Press 2005)

Good discussion of critical reading skills; exercises to help you improve reading comprehension.

• Christen Civiletto Carey and Kristen David Adams, The Practice of Law School: Getting in and Making the Most of Your Legal Education (ALM 2003)

Helpful advice from one of Stetson's own Prof. Kristen Adams; first four chapters deal with getting into law school, chapters 5-15 deal with succeeding in school, summer clerkships, bar admission, and post-law school education.

• Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo, Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (2d ed. Found. Press 2002)

Covers all aspects of law school.

• Gary A. Munneke, How to Succeed in Law School (Barrons 2001)

Offers conventional wisdom and good advice. Text is readable, informative, concise. Uses interesting cases for teaching about class prep; sample exam questions are plentiful and well done.

• Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Carolina Academic Press 2001)

Helpful book for those just emerging from undergraduate experiences.

• Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul, Getting to Maybe (Carolina Academic Press 1999)

Whole book focused on exam performance; covers topics such as issue spotting, distinguishing between factual and legal issues, legal analysis, how to write essay responses, mistakes to avoid.

• Ann M. Burkhart & Robert A. Stein, How to Study Law and Take Law Exams, In a Nutshell (West Group 1996)

Practical advice on studying and law school exams; easy to read format.

 

 

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