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1L of a ride : a well-traveled professor's roadmap to success in the first year of law school

McClurg, Andrew J., 1954- author

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  • Creator Andrew J. McClurg, Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the University of Memphis
  • Format Books
  • Publication Third edition. St. Paul, MN : West Academic Publishing, [2017]
  • Physical Details
    • xxvii, 479 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 1634607899, 9781634607896
  • OCLC ocn982088819


  • "[This book provides a] roadmap to both academic and emotional success in law school's crucial first year...[Covered] topics in the revised and updated third edition include pre-planning, top student fears, first-year curriculum, the Socratic and case methods of teaching, effective class participation, top habits of successful students, essential study techniques, legal research and writing, exam strategies, maintaining well-being, and much more. Combines anecdotes, comments from law students, empirical research, and authentic samples of signature documents from the 1L experience, including exam questions, Socratic dialogue, and student case-briefs, class notes, and course outlines. McClurg is an award-winning professor who has taught at six different law schools."--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Destination law school -- Pre-trip planning: what to do before you arrive -- Fear factor: top five law student worries -- What kind of student do you want to be: twenty law student types -- The first-year curriculum: what to expect -- The first days: starting out right -- The Socratic and case methods -- Reasons to participate in class and ten tips for doing it well -- Law professors -- The top five habits of successful students: a C.R.E.D.O. -- Case-briefing -- Note-taking -- Outlining -- A short course in law school exams -- Exam preparation -- Law school essay exams: fifteen common mistakes -- Tackling law school multiple-choice questions -- Legal research and writing: an interview with five experts -- The bleak side of law school -- Maintaining well-being -- Welcome back to the jungle: the perilous second semester -- "Night" and other nontraditional students -- Law school and outside relationships -- Law review, moot court, and other extracurricular activities -- Recapping law school's first year in the words of students -- The end of a long and grinding road -- Appendix. Sample essay question