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Introduction to United States Law   Tags: foreign_students, legal_research, legalwriting, llm, succeeding success law school, us_law  

This guide gives students, particularly foreign law students unfamiliar with United States and common law, a list of sources in the law library that provide general information on US law and American legal English, as well as succeeding in law school.
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Introduction to US Law School

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Coming to Law School - Ian Gallacher
Call Number: KF283 .G35 2010 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 1594606536
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
This book demystifies law school and the process of studying the law. Rather than just describing the various necessary study skills including case briefing, taking notes in class, and preparing exam outlines the book shows how these skills are interrelated and how an incoming student can practice them before coming to law school, making the transition from prospective to actual law student easier and as painless as possible. Written in an informal and conversational tone, Coming to Law School shows incoming law students the benefits of coming to law school armed with strong study skills already in place and guides them through the process of getting ready for school with examples and exercises to clarify the points it raises. The book also contains information about many practical issues, including the law school process, how to do well in a summer job, and taking the bar exam. Although this is not a book about the law, it is designed to be a book that will help all law students get the most out of law school.

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How to Succeed in Law School - 4th ed. - Munneke, Gary A.
Call Number: KF283 M86 2008 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 9780764139796
Publication Date: 2008
this book offers an insightful head start to college students who plan to go on to law school. The author This book describes the day-to-day law school experience, discussing the subjects to be studied and the typical procedures that define the law school environment. It also provides advicse on methods for taking useful lecture notes, developing effective study habits, doing library research, coping with tests, and handling the inevitable stresses that are a part of law school.

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Introduction to the study and practice of law in a nutshell - 5th ed. Hegland, Kenney F.
Call Number: KF273 H43 2008 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 9780314194152
This text covers reading and briefing cases, preparing for class, outlining and study groups and taking exams. In addition the author focuses on what is often elusive: legal analysis; Why do courts follow precedent?; How are cases applied and distinguished?; How is ambiguous language interpreted?

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Law 101 - 3rd ed. - Feinman, Jay M.
Call Number: KF387 .F45 2010 Law Stacks
ISBN: 9780195395136
Publication Date: 2010
This text provides the reader with a clear introduction to the law with a solid understanding of the American legal tradition and covers the main subjects taught in the first year of law school. Readers are introduced to every aspect of the legal system, from constitutional law and the litigation process to tort law, contract law, property law, and criminal law. The author illuminates each discussion with many intriguing, outrageous, and infamous cases, from the scalding coffee case that cost McDonald's half a million dollars, to the sensational murder trial in Victorian London that led to the legal definition of insanity, to the epochal decision in Marbury v. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal law unconstitutional. The reader will find here a wonderful source of information: a complete, clear, and colorful map of the American legal system.

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Law School Fast Track - Derrick Hibbard
Call Number: KF283 H53 2011 Law Stacks
ISBN: 9781888960242
Publication Date: 2011
Law School Fast Track is unique in its format: short, fast, inexpensive, and easy-to-read. It is written to help law students starting on day one with one thousand pages of assigned cases. Its immediate suggestions, examples, and tips are invaluable. It is also unique in that it focuses simply on the first week of law school - emphasizing the importance of establishing and maintaining good habits. Most habits in law school are formed before and during the first week -where to study, how long to study, how to brief a law case, what to do with class notes, how to outline, and when to start outlining, among many other demands.

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Law school success in a nutshell : a guide to studying law and taking law school exams - Burkhart, Ann M.
Call Number: KF283 .B87 2008 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 9780314167798
Publication Date: 2008
Contains information about adjusting to law school, the classroom experience and exam preparation.

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The international student's survival guide to law school in the United States : everything you need to succeed - Gader-Shafran, Rachel
Call Number: KF283 G33 2003 Law Stacks
ISBN: 0595278361
Publication Date: 2003
What to expect before you come to law school. What to do when you get to law school. How to organize for classes. How to study for exams. How to attack writing papers.

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The United States legal system : an introduction - 3rd ed. Johns, Margaret Z. and Rex R. Perschbacher
Call Number: KF386 J64 2012 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 9781594602498
Publication Date: 2012
This book is designed to introduce incoming law students to the U.S. legal system in order to prepare them to get the most out of law school. The book covers the structure of the U.S. legal system, looking at the complex relationship between the states and the federal government as well as at the institutions of both.

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Thinking like a lawyer : a new introduction to legal reasoning - Schauer, Frederick F.
Call Number: K212 S325 2009 Law Stacks
ISBN: 9780674032705
Publication Date: 2009
This primer on legal reasoning is aimed at law students and upper-level undergraduates. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions, legal facts, and burden of proof.

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Understanding law school : an introduction to the LexisNexis understanding series and tips on how to succeed in law school
Call Number: KF283 .U53 2004 Law Open Reserve Room
ISBN: 9780820561936
Publication Date: 2004
Designed primarily for first year law students. In addition to chapters on required courses such as Contracts, Property, Torts, Constitutional Law, etc. this introductory text includes appendices on How to succeed in law school and Basic concepts of American jurisprudence.

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