Our newest entry into that list is the FREE book “Law School Materials for Success” by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines. The description:
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.
And yes! There are podcasts to go along with this book! They can be found on the CALI Lawdibles blog.
The following are a group of lessons that are very appropriate and useful for new 1Ls. These could be assigned during orientation, in LRW/Doctrinal courses or as part of an ASP course.
- Where Does Law Come From by Diane Murley
- Anatomy of a Case by Brian Huddleston
- How to Brief a Case by Edward Martin
- Learning Legal Analysis Through Its Components: Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion – IRAC by Peter Honigsberg
- Plagiarism – Keeping Out of Trouble by Rebecca Trammel