I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW!
Don't get to the end of your law school career muttering these words to yourself! Take the first step toward building a productive, successful, and perhaps even pleasant law school experience—read this book!
Written by students, for students, Law School Confidential has been the "must-have" guide for anyone thinking about, applying to, or attending law school for more than a decade. And now, in this newly revised third edition, it's more valuable than ever.
This isn't the advice of graying professors or battle-scarred practitioners long removed from law school. Robert H. Miller has assembled a blue-ribbon panel of recent graduates from across the country to offer realistic and informative firsthand advice about what law school is really like.
This updated edition contains the very latest information and strategies for thriving and surviving in law school—from navigating the admissions process and securing financial aid, choosing classes, studying and exam strategies, and securing a seat on the law review to getting a judicial clerkship and a job, passing the bar exam, and much, much more. Newly added material also reveals a sea change that is just starting to occur in legal education, turning it away from the theory-based platform of the previous several decades to a pragmatic platform being demanded by the rigors of today's practices.
Law School Confidential is a complete guide to the law school experience that no prospective or current law student can afford to be without.
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About the Author
Robert H. Miller graduated from Yale University in 1993 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was senior editor of the Law Review, in 1998. He is presently a trial lawyer at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass&Green in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he specializes in intellectual-property and commercial litigation. He is the author of the critically acclaimed grad school preparatory books Law School Confidential, Business School Confidential, and the hot new college preparatory book Campus Confidential.
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Law School Confidential
A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students
By Robert H. Miller
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2004 Robert H. Miller
All rights reserved.
Thinking About Law School? Think Again ...
The most important piece of advice that can possibly be given to you, the prospective law student, is really very simple. Surprisingly, perhaps, it has nothing to do with how to study or how to write a good exam. It is not about how to glean wisdom from the dusty pages of the supreme court opinions that shaped our country, or how to make the law review, or how to impress an employer in a job interview. Those things are important, but they're all secondary.
The most important advice that you can get as a prospective law student isn't even about law school. It's about you — and it can be summed up succinctly but completely with a single word.
Commit. That's it. "To carry into action deliberately." Commit.
Show up for your first day of law school with only a vague notion of why you're there — without a clear set of reasons for putting yourself through the punishment you're about to endure — and you'll be setting yourself up for a miserable and unfulfilling three years. Show up committed, with a well thought-out set of goals supported by reasons for attaining them, and the experience can be exhilarating.
The choice is yours. You picked up this book looking for answers, or maybe a "quick fix" that will put you ahead of your competitors in the rough and tumble world of law school. You have it in one word: commit. That's it. Don't "decide" to go to law school. Don't "try" law school. Commit to law school. That is the pure axiom of law school success. Commit, or forget it — for in law school, to quote an ancient Jedi master, "there is no try."
Still with me?
Now ... about the cocky guy next to you who just put this book back on the shelf with a "Hrumph" after reading these first few paragraphs — don't worry about him. That's the overconfident guy who will spend the first many weeks of law school casually reading cases, partying in the bars, and teasing you about studying too much. Learn to love that guy because he's someone you're going to flog on your first-semester finals. Trust me on that, because I used to know that guy.
He was me.
Step number one on the road to your commitment to law school is to ask yourself one critical question.
Why do you want to go to law school?
No really. Think about it. What's driving you? Why do you want to go to law school? Force yourself to come up with an answer.
Okay, now be honest. Does your answer, or something like it, appear on this list?
because my mom/dad/sibling/relative/friend is a lawyer
because I took the LSAT and got a really good score
because I'm not good at science and wouldn't be able to get into med school
because lawyers make good salaries and have financial and/or job security
because most of the people at my school are applying to law/med school
because I watch Law and Order/Homicide/L.A. Law and think they're interesting
because I read Grisham/Turow/Baldacci novels and find them fascinating
because I don't know what else to do and law is a respectable profession
because my parents/relatives/teachers/friends think I'm a "born lawyer"
If it does, all is not lost. It just means that you need to rethink your motivations, because these just aren't going to cut it for you. Let's dispel some illusions.
My relative the lawyer made me do it
First of all, what is it about your parent/sibling/friend the lawyer that makes you want to follow him into his profession? Is it the money? The prestige? Do you even know whether this person is happy practicing law? Have you asked him lately? More importantly, have you ever followed this person through a typical day — or even better, a typical week? Ever ask this person what he likes least about the law, or about how much time he spends in court compared to how much time he spends with his nose buried in the books? Ever ask how long it took him to make partner, or how many hours a week he had to work on the road to becoming partner? These are revealing questions that may help you explore a career in law more realistically. Ask them before you romanticize your relative, the lawyer.
I can't ignore this amazing LSAT score, can I?
Why not? The LSAT is allegedly an aptitude test that predicts how well you'll do in law school, but the effectiveness of this correlation is controversial and much debated. A good LSAT score is a tremendous asset when applying to law schools. In fact, there's a whole chapter in this book devoted to teaching you how to get the best possible LSAT score. What is certain, however, is that the test bears almost no resemblance to what you'll be doing in law school, and even less to the actual practice of law. Both law school and law practice require well-developed research and writing skills, and to a lesser extent, oral advocacy proficiency, none of which is tested on the LSAT. There are no legal concepts tested on the LSAT, which in many ways, is basically a souped-up, trickier SAT. Yet some would use a good LSAT score to justify law as a career choice. A good LSAT score may bring you to the dance, but it's no guarantee that you'll be happy to be there.
I don't have a mind for science, so ...
Otherwise known as the old, "I can't be a doctor because I couldn't hack Orgo, so I might as well be a lawyer" rationale. Where's the logic in that argument? We're not playing the game of Life here — this is the real thing. Contrary to the beliefs of many, there are other career choices besides law, medicine, and investment banking. Maybe you should explore some of these. Take a year off to travel, learn a language, teach, write, or work for a nonprofit or volunteer organization. Start your own business. Think a little and figure out what it is that you like to do. Just don't fall into this ridiculous three-track mind trap and go straight for the law school applications because all your friends are doing it. To quote your mom, "If all your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge ..."
It's the economy, stupid
This one is one of the biggest misconceptions of them all. If you're going into law because you think it's your road to riches, stop, and go directly to business school or ignore the advice in the last section and become an I-banker. That's where the real money is these days. While it's true that associates in big-city law firms make six-figure salaries right out of law school, in a good year, I-bankers at comparably large investment firms make that much in bonuses. Similarly, a successful business idea can bring you a partner-level salary two or three years after start-up, not to mention stock options and a flexible work schedule.
Remember this — the average lawyer's salary in the United States is still about 40,000 per year. Sure, partners at big city firms may pull down a million a year ... but it may have taken them fifteen to twenty years of eighty hour weeks, two failed marriages and a heart attack to get there. Meanwhile, the prosecutors you've romanticized may make as little as 25,000 a year while working the same hours. So don't kid yourself. A career in law does provide some job security and a good assurance that you and your family won't starve on the streets, but if money is your primary motivator, there are much easier ways to make your millions.
This ain't Hollywood, son
That brings us to the unspoken reason why many people go to law school — the secret longing to be Tom Cruise in The Firm, Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird, Sam Waterston in Law and Order, or Johnnie Cochran in the O. J. Simpson case — uttering phrases like, "if the glove doesn't fit ..." to a worldwide audience of millions, and bringing the opposition to their knees with a brilliant legal checkmate. Unfortunately, this too is a romanticized picture of the law. Most lawyers never make guest appearances on Larry King or get to parade secret, star witnesses into court to the gasps of the gallery. To 95 percent of practicing lawyers, law is not a glamorous profession. If your aspirations about law school center on supercharged days before a jury, a worldwide audience, and invitations to appear on national television after your latest victory, it's time to refill your prescription.
Most lawyers, even the really good ones, typically toil in the state and lower federal courts, often on mundane legal issues. Most lawyers will never argue before the United States Supreme Court, and an appearance before a circuit court of appeals or a chance to break new legal ground may only occur once or twice in a career. That's not to say that your days as a lawyer won't be interesting or intellectually challenging. Many of them will be. But they won't be like what you see in the movies.
Finally, remember that even what you see on Law and Order is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work in the library reading cases, developing theories, drafting court briefs and memoranda, and taking depositions from unwilling witnesses in law firm conference rooms — things the producers will never show you on television. For every hour of court time you log, you may spend fifty hours reading, researching, and writing. If you become a civil or criminal litigator or a prosecutor, you'll have your days in court before a judge and jury — but if you go to work for a big-city firm, it may take you five to ten years before you see a courtroom, and even longer before you'll try your own cases. In the meantime, you'll be a researcher — analyzing issues, finding applicable cases, and writing memoranda to the more senior associates and partners in the firm. You'll typically be asked to work sixty to eighty hour weeks, late nights, and at least some weekends.
Your fate is typically better in a smaller firm, or working for a state or federal prosecutor. Doing so can bring these opportunities much more rapidly — often within the first year or two, but these positions typically pay much less.
On the corporate side, it is much the same story. If you want to become a dealmaker in a large city, you'll need to get in line. For the first few years, you'll be paid handsomely to draft boilerplate agreements and spend late nights at the printer arguing over the placement of commas in merger agreements and initial public offerings. Remember that at a big firm, there are up to sixty starry-eyed associates in your "class," all of whom want the same plum assignments that you do. Someone has to do the scut work, though, and for the first few years, that will be you. While smaller firms again offer more rapid opportunity, the deals are also smaller. Further, someone still has to copyread these agreements — and that someone is still going to be you. Oh — and if you're thinking of going the in-house route, remember that most corporations won't even consider hiring someone right out of law school. You'll need some years of firm experience first, so you're back to square one again.
Of course, there are exceptions to all of these scenarios. Partners in big firms will occasionally take promising young associates under their wings, channel them interesting and important work, or provide them with uncommon opportunities to sit "third chair" in a trial, or to help "put the deal together." Be clear, though: These are the exceptions, not the rule. The road to partnership is paved with the broken bodies of disillusioned associates who became bored and disenchanted with the work they were given and left voluntarily, or who, after seven years spent toiling in the mines, were told that they were not on the partner track and should look elsewhere for employment. In a typical large firm, of an entering class of forty associates, one or two will survive to make partner eight or ten years later.
Hey you! Yeah, you — the one with the distressed look on your face about to reach for Med School Confidential instead. Relax. It's not all bad. It's just that there are so many people out there with misconceptions about law practice that we needed to clear the delusions away up front in order to approach this experience with more realistic expectations. Now that we've done this, it's time for more introspection. Let's explore whether you have an accurate picture of what your law school experience will entail. As you read the questions that follow, carefully consider the answers that come from within. Pay particular attention to the "Yeah, buts ..." that come up. Trust me — it's better to deal with this crisis now than to experience it a month into your first semester ...
A Realistic Evaluation of Your Fitness for Law School
Go somewhere where you can be undisturbed for the next thirty minutes or so and force yourself to answer the following questions honestly. What follows below is a realistic picture of what the day-to-day grind of law school is all about. In fact, in many ways, it's also an accurate picture of what the day-to-day life of a young lawyer is like, too. So forget the glamorous pictures of law practice you've seen on television and in the movies and be honest with yourself. While very few people will find themselves completely in love with the thought of spending their next three years holed up in a library, if what you see below is too far out of sync with what drives you, your misery may last much longer than the three years you'll be in school.
How comfortable are you with the idea of spending the majority of each day in silence, reading difficult material?
Do you, or could you have the stamina to read dry, complicated material for four to six hours a day, every day?
Are you self-reliant, or do you depend on others for constant encouragement, evaluation, and/or affirmation?
Can you seize the main points of an assignment and move on, or do you typically get hopelessly bogged down in detail?
Are you disciplined enough to get up and attend classes every day?
Are you comfortable speaking out in class and speaking and arguing in front of others?
Have you been able to "will" yourself through difficult periods in your life?
When you don't understand something — are you capable of teaching yourself?
Do you enjoy doing research, searching through books in a library or online databases for pieces to a puzzle or "the answer" to a problem?
Do you like to write critically and analytically?
Is your personality more proactive than reactive?
When you've given your very best effort, will you be able to sleep at night knowing that you've done the best you could, or are you more likely to beat yourself up wondering if there was more you could have done?
Are you ready to make the law your life for the next three years, by subverting most of your hobbies, other interests, and your social life to serious academic dedication?
It's probably obvious from the way these questions were worded, but you're looking for mostly "yes" responses — or at least the probability that you'll be able to work up to "yes" responses on each of these questions. If you've had too many "oh-ohs" during this evaluation, you should take that as a warning. For example, if you don't like to read, you're making a big mistake applying to law school. In order to help you examine your readiness for law school, let's develop these areas more completely.
The reading load
The typical law student will read in excess of three thousand pages of case law, hornbooks, and outlines during a fifteen-week semester. In that semester of 105 days, that means roughly thirty pages of reading every day if you read seven days a week without ever taking a day off. At an average rate of ten pages per hour, that means three hours of reading per day, every day, with no weekends, holidays, or excuses. Naturally, that's an unrealistic expectation — but realize, of course, that when you start taking days off, the missed reading starts backlogging and piling up on other days. In my own experience, in the first year of law school, I generally read for about four hours a day, six days a week. That of course, is in addition to class time, and time spent outlining what you've read. But we're not talking about the time commitment yet, just the reading. Recognize what you're signing up for. If you can't fathom yourself reading law for about four hours a day, six days a week, you might want to start reevaluating your career choice.
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Table of Contents
Part One: So You Wanna Be a Lawyer ...,
How to Use This Book,
The Law School Confidential Mentors,
Chapter 1: Thinking About Law School? Think Again ...,
Chapter 2: Your Five Most Critical Hours: How to Beat the LSAT,
Chapter 3: Applying to Law School: Bait the Hooks Carefully and Cast the Nets Wide,
Chapter 4: Choose Your School Wisely,
Chapter 5: An Investment in Your Future: Funding Your Legal Education,
Part Two: The First Year, They Scare You to Death,
Chapter 6: The Ten Things You Must Do Before Classes Begin,
Chapter 7: So What Is a Tort Anyway? A Brief Overview of the First-Year Curriculum,
Chapter 8: Getting Out of the Gate—Applying the Lessons of Futures Past,
Chapter 9: The Unspoken Code of Law School Etiquette,
Chapter 10: The T-Minus One Month Checkpoint: How to Arrive Ahead of the Competition,
Chapter 11: Making Your Summer Plans: How to Win the 1L Recruiting Lottery,
Chapter 12: Your First Semester Endgame,
Chapter 13: Looking Behind and Looking Ahead: Assessing the Damage and Charting the Course for Your Second Semester,
Chapter 14: First-Year Endgame: Succeeding in Exams and the Law Review Competition,
Chapter 15: Working for Free or Working for Pay, Your First Summer Paves the Way,
Part Three: The Second Year, They Work You to Death,
Chapter 16: Charting a Course for Your Upper Years,
Chapter 17: Your Survival Guide to Recruiting Season,
Chapter 18: Everything You Need to Know About Callback Interviews,
Chapter 19: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Law Firm Hiring: An Interview with Douglas H. Meal of Ropes & Gray and David W. McGrath of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green,
Chapter 20: The Future Is Now: Using the "Relevance Calculus" to Choose a Firm,
Chapter 21: Back on the Chain Gang: Advice About Journal Membership,
Chapter 22: Restoring Balance: Moot Court, Public Service, and How to Reclaim the Life You've Lost,
Chapter 23: Keys to Ascension: Turning 2L Summer Employment into a Permanent Offer,
Part Four: ... And the Third Year, They Bore You to Death ...,
Chapter 24: Demystifying Judicial Clerkships: Hie Thee to the Chambers,
Chapter 25: Opportunity Knocks Again ... A Second Chance at Recruiting,
Chapter 26: Last Semester Cross-Checks,
Chapter 27 The Final Hurdle—Strategies for the Bar Examination,
Chapter 28: Parting Thoughts,
About the Author,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been out of school for about 8 years and am going to law school in the fall. I was very nervous about learning how to study all over again. This book has calmed my fears. It gave me a great sense of what to expect and how to tackle the work load. I would recommend this to anyone that's even just thinking about going to law school.
I really enjoyed this book. It minimized my law school fears big time. The chapters were very informative and I refer to this book and others when I need to step back and re-evaluate my progress. I would definitely pick up this book if you want to make sure you're on the right track.
I read it from cover to cover in a minute. This is an extremely helpful, not only does it help with the steps leading up to law school, but it also provides tips for how to live your life throughout the law school experience. Lots of information - but it's not a book to buy if you want help with applying. It's got everything else though.
Robert Miller, along with about a dozen of his cohorts, have put together an excellent book that definitely is invaluable to any student either thinking about or preparing for law school. You will find in this book all you need to know about what to expect before, during, and after law school. The authors share to a great extent how to study for exams, prepare briefs, compete for law review, and apply for those critical summer associate positions, just to name a few. Each author's credentials speak for themselves as most of them have undergone law school at the most prestigious institutions and are currently working for top law firms in the United States. I also highly recommend Scott Turow's One L and Starting Off Right in Law School by Carolyn Nygren for further insight into what one can expect in law school.
I first picked up Law School Confidential in the summer before my senior year of college to get advice about the dreadful law school application process. Being the first in my family to go to law school, and without personally knowing any professionals in the law world, I was quite anxious about what to stress in my personal statement, what impresses admissions committees, and how choose which schools to apply to. I found straightforward and helpful suggestions in this book. By the time I was done applying to schools, my copy of the text was filled with sticky notes marking off bits of advice I thought were especially helpful. I even used Miller¿s outline of a good personal statement to jumpstart my own essay. More than that, however, Law School Confidential has followed me through my law school experience. After completing my applications, I revisited the book in order to get some advice on where I should actually enroll. Miller presents the reader with an enlightening method of sorting out what school provides one with a best fit, along with realistic accounts of a law school student¿s debts. In addition, as a future IL, I also had concerns about what to expect in school in September. Once again I consulted Law School Confidential. Along with taking me through the application process, Miller¿s book reveals what to expect in the first, second, and third years at law school. Among the many topics discussed are classroom subjects, how to secure internships, and ways to study that have worked well for previous students. I plan to be attending a competitive law school in the fall, and reading Miller¿s book has made me feel much more confident about what to expect, how to react, and how I will succeed in my schooling and future career. This book truly is a complete guide to the law school experience. While those simply considering law school will learn from this book whether or not this route is for them, I highly recommend Law School Confidential to all serious pre-law students. Even if you¿re at the end of the application process, Miller¿s offers great advise for how to survive the three years you¿ll spend in law school. However, if you¿re lucky enough to discover this title before you start applying, read through to find invaluable advise on the application process and give yourself the best possible chance to get into the school of your choice.
Folks, If you're even thinking about attending law school, read this book! LSC walks you through every stage of the process: thinking about law school; determining if it's right for you; applying to law schools; how to settle in to law school; how to do well once classes begin; how to secure employment; and, LSC tells you how to pass the bar exam. In short, LSC takes you from beginning to end on how to become a lawyer. Get this book, and you won't say, 'I wish I knew then what I know now...' With LSC, you can have that wish granted! Regardless of whether or not you ultimately attend law school, buying LSC is the BEST $20 you'll ever spend. The worst that could happen is that you could save tens of thousands of dollars and learn about what law school is like. That alone was fascinating reading, at least for me. For an insider's view of law school and the legal profession, LSC can't be beat!
I've read 4 books on the topic thus far and this is by far the best. It's the most thorough and covers the topics I am most interested in, the others were quite lacking in comparison. Go ahead and trust all of the positive reviews on this website, this time they're not just hype! This book is by far the most informative and gives you a strategy on notetaking and studying for the consistent student and the procrastinator. Great tips on what to do, how much time you can expect to study, even a suggestion on a schedule for studying. LSC is tremendously helpful, before you go to law school you need to read this book!
I returned to law school after having worked for many years. I read several books on law school and found this one to be BY FAR the BEST! It provides a system for excelling in law school that works. I followed the advice on briefing in technicolor, outlining as you go, case maps, bullet lists etc. I also followed the advice on getting my resume together before starting law school. I am happy to say that I just finished my first semester with a 3.8 GPA and I landed a summer job with a large firm over Christmas break! Thanks Robert Miller!!! I will definately recommend this book to incoming 1L's next year!
I came across this book by accident while looking though the law school section of a boookstore. This book is truly the most insightful law school-related book that I have read. Miller and the other contributers walk the reader though the entire law school process, from "thinking about law school" to the completion of the bar exam. Although this is technically a "how-to" book, the conversational tone makes it truly appealing. The contributions of the "mentors" definitely sets this book apart from the rest. These individuals have attended law schools across the country, so they are able to make unique (as opposed to one-sided or redundant) contributions. I'll conclude by saying that I am glad that I found this book BEFORE law school!
I'm an undergrad and considering the whole process of the LSAT and law school. This book answered every question I had, as well as the questions I had not yet thought to ask. It is great because if I end up in law school this book is an amazing reference tool! If you have friends or family considering law school, or who just want to learn more about the whole idea, pick them up a copy as well!
...if you're thinking about law school (or even know that you're going. Of all the pre-law books I've seen, this definitely the best. Most importantly, the book is easy to read and keeps your attention. Also, Robert Miller's straigh-forward, no-bull, approach to describing law school is very valuable in deciding whether or not law school is the right decision. I refer to this book frequently and know I will continue to do so as I begin law school. The study approaches outlined in this book are easy to understand and I believe will be very helpful. It's great to have the insight of recent grads.
I will be attending orientation in the fall for Law School and honestly had no real clue about what I'm in for! Sure, I have mentors already in the field and a 2L for a friend... However, as I have exhausted them and embarassed myself with my bajillions of questions, this book was a Godsend. Miller answered all of my questions and I will use this book as my Law School bible.
I was looking to buy a book that explained the law school experience. I read the reviews of many books on the subject, and by far, LAW SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL came out on top. But nothing could prepare me for the book itself. I am starting my law school career later in life, having worked for many years as an accountant. I am a CPA with a master¿s degree in taxation, so I wanted to make sure law school was a wise choice for me. This book was helpful, insightful, funny, often intimidating and very poignant. It is a complete guidebook from A to Z. Author Robert Miller suggests you read the book from cover to cover, and then read the sections again when they apply to you (for example, what you should be doing during the summer of your second year of law school). This book starts from simply thinking about law school, includes preparing for the LSAT, applying to law schools, surviving the first semester, and gives step-by-step hints (or what to expect) at each stage of law school, right up until the bar exam. There is a section on how to use the book, which can be used to quickly find a chapter once you¿ve read the book. Not only does Miller use his own wisdom and experience, he uses the assistance of several other recent law school graduates, all with different backgrounds, reasons for going to law school, and career paths. Many of the insights are very candid; some of the lawyers would not do it again if they knew about the experiences in law school. I¿ve always been an avid reader. I bought this book for some helpful information, but I never realized that this would be so gripping. I couldn¿t wait to come home after work to finish reading it. It reads like a good novel. If you are thinking about law school, or love someone who is, then buy this book! You won¿t regret it.
I have read and reread this book, all before I even heard that I got into law school. My dad got this book for me. I already have half of the items they suggested. This book is not a waste of time or money!!!
I was recently accepted into a law program, and have been getting more and more anxious as the Fall approaches. I found this book and, after sitting down and reading it for over an hour at the book store, I purchased it and finished it in just a few nights. I now know what to expect, and how I will prepare myself for the next three grueling years of my life. The book was a big help, and I highly recomend it to anyone even considering Law School.
My daughter did everything right to get into a top 10 law school...at least we and she thought so......invited into the prestigious undergraduate Honors College at a top 10 Public University...top 2% of 50,000 students...traveled abroad twice...EXCEPT, we did not read Mr. Millers Book until After the Law App process...now we collectively hold our breath, because of a strategic error. A private mentor might save applicants,and, their parents a lot of headaches...and this is a close as you'll get to a private FOR HIRE mentor...we know! Concerned Parents and applicants Must Read it as soon as their is a glimmer of an interest in : The Law and a top Law School Experience. Mr. Miller is truly at the top of his game having lived throught the process RECENTLY...and since he had close friends make strategic errors, including friends who were studying at Universities ranked in the top 5 for undergrad, he can speak closely to the 'dark side' of a mistake. There are many opportunities which are matched by equally obnoxious and unfair pratfalls within the HEIRARCHY of Law Scools Pay close attention to this in the book. Miller does a fine job of outling options...so that the students have an increased chance of getting into their top 'schools of choice' and knowing what that really means!! WE are finding out the hard way that everything in here is current, accurate, and he does not sugarcoat the reality of getting into 'THE BIG TOP' and what it will be like 'in the tent'.. Parents should read this so you are on the same page as your graduate. This may be the last and most influential thing you do for and with them. It may help you understand why your new 'star graduate' may even need some time off before law school...Remember...a top law student is not a 'Machine' and the Top Law Schools will prove it...Be sure its not at your mutual expense.. BUY The Book! READ The Book! BELIEVE The Book.!!!
This book tells you exactly what you need to know about law school including scheduling, studying and how to wind down. VERY IMPRESSIVE
Being only a freshman in college, even I thought that this book served as a useful tool in helping my decision to be a future lawyer. Now I know what to expect! I am glad that Miller wrote this book, it was easy to understand and I couldn't put it down!
A few weeks ago, I was accepted at an Ivy League law school that was one of my top choices. Because my application had some serious 'issues' that the book specifically addressed, I wholeheartedly recommend that all applicants take the time to read Robert Miller's work. Miller's interview with a law school admissions officer does a superb job at clarifying the issues confronting a person who actually makes the decision on an application. I really never thought of some of the issues that the book discussed when I was filling out application forms. Some of the book's specific suggestions gave me the idea to say certain things on my admissions materials that I believe made a decisive impact in having the previously mentioned school accept me relatively early in the admissions cycle. I do not guarantee that others will have the same or even a remotely similar experience. But I do believe that the book will give future readers certain ideas about how to approach the application process that they never thought of.
This book is the rage right now, and for good reason! I've read all the books available about how to succeed in law school, and Law School Confidential is unquestionably the best one. It is exceptionally well written, clear, and chock-full of helpful information about everything from applying to law school to optimizing study methods to studying for and taking exams to getting jobs and clerkships. This is a MUST READ for anyone in law school, or thinking about applying, and it is a book that you will use and interact with for all three years.
This book is definitely worth the money and time to read. It showcases everything you ever wanted to know about applying to law school as well as the small and large things about law school in general (as well as the specific). For anyone serious about going to law school, this is a perfect book to read.