Books to Read Before Law School

3 Books You Should Read Before Starting Law School

Your summer before law school is about to begin, and we’ve got some books to add to your reading list. With your 1L year right around the corner, it’s natural to begin to panic. Are you ready to be a law student? Do you know the difference between law school and undergrad exams? Are your time management skills up to par? We get it. Being a top law student means being prepared. Below are three books you should read before starting law school this fall.

Navigating Your 1L Year

1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School
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1L of a Ride takes you through the ups and downs of your first year of law school. Topics include top student fears, 1L curriculum, class participation, types of students and professors, study techniques and more. Your first year grades are extremely important. They determine your eligibility for law review, academic honors and what job opportunities are available when you graduate. Add this book to your summer reading list to prepare you for 1L success.

Preparing for the Law School Experience

Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience
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You may have seen this book on our Law School Supplies List. Written by students, Law School Confidential walks you through the entire law school experience from application to graduation. Use this book as a guide throughout law school. You will find yourself turning to it throughout each semester and using it as a resource for a positive law school experience.

Bracing Yourself for Exams

Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
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Getting to Maybe is an important book to read to demystify law school exams. Law school exams are extremely different from exams in undergrad. Reading this book will help you get in the mind-set of a law student, and have you start thinking like a lawyer. The book focuses on improving performance and provides a blueprint to exam taking strategies and success tactics. This is a “must read” for all incoming 1L students.