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Law School Materials for Success

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Barbara Glesner Fines

Copyright Year: 2013

Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Amy Schmitz, Professor, University of Missouri - Columbia on 11/9/19

This is comprehensive in that it covers a wide range of issues related to how law students should study, outline, and even take care of themselves. read more

Reviewed by Rebekah Hanley, Senior Lecturer II, University of Oregon on 6/17/19

For some audiences or purposes, the book may be too inclusive, potentially overwhelming students instead of preparing or comforting them. Some additional information could be incorporated, but that would come at a cost. A book like this really... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Assessing your Resources
  • Chapter Two: Preparing for Class
  • Chapter Three: Getting the Most from Class
  • Chapter Four: After Class Review
  • Chapter Five: Outlining and Exam Preparation
  • Chapter Six: Taking an Exam
  • Chapter Seven: The Next Semester

Ancillary Material

  • CALI's eLangdell® Press
  • About the Book

    The first year of law school is, for many people, one of the most significant transitions of their adult life. Law school demands a lot as it helps you make the transition from your prior identity as student (or as some other occupational role) to your new identity as an attorney. To meet the demands of law school, it is often helpful to have the big picture before you begin – a sense of what it is you are trying to do as you prepare for classes, participate in those classes, review and prepare for exams, take exams, and then begin the cycle once again.

    Law School Materials for Success is designed to give you the essentials of that process. It is purposefully brief – most law students do not have the time for an extensive examination of the study of law school. Rather, they need a source for some basic, critical advice and some pointers on where to go for more if necessary. That is what this book and the accompanying podcasts are designed to provide.

    About the Contributors


    Barbara Glesner Fines is the Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Academics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where she has taught since 1986. Professor Glesner received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her masters of law degree from Yale Law School. She teaches Professional Responsibility, Family Violence, Divorce Process, and a Seminar in Ethical Issues in the Representation of Families and Children. Her recent publications include ETHICAL ISSUES IN FAMILY REPRESENTATION (Carolina Academic Press 2010); PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH (Context and Skills Series)(Carolina Academic Press 2012); Fifty Years of Family Law Practice - The Evolving Role of The Family Law Attorney, 24 J. AMER. ACAD. MATRIM. L. 601 (2011); Lessons Learned About Classroom Teaching from Authoring Computer-assisted Instruction Lessons, 38 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 1094 (2012). Professor Glesner has held leadership positions in many organizations devoted to legal education, including the AALS Section on Teaching Methods (Chair 2012-13); the AALS section on Professional Responsibility (Chair Elect 2015-16); the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (Board of Directors, 1998-2005; President 2002-2005; Editorial Board 1998- current); and the Institute for Law School Teaching and Learning (Advisory Board 2003-date, Acting President 2006-2008).

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