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What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law

Tracey E. George
Vanderbilt University

Suzanna Sherry
Vanderbilt University

2009. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8236-1.


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About the Book

With the aim of decreasing students' anxiety and increasing their chances of achieving academic success, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law prepares students to get through their first year of law school. As a valuable reference over an entire law school career, it will continue to contribute to students' academic success.

With a friendly and informal writing style, this orientation to law school features:

  • insight into how and why law school works the way it does
  • tools, techniques, and information for understanding first-year substantive law as fully as possible
  • an overview of the American legal system and court structure
  • a concise review of basic civics, including the structure of American government and sources of law
  • introductions to analytic tools and methods of reasoning
  • clear descriptions of basic legal concepts, such as standards of review and burdens of proof
  • a look ahead at the goals of a legal education—and the life, duties, and responsibilities of being a lawyer
  • exercises that allow students to independently test their understanding of the material in a particular section
  • visual aids that help students grasp and remember the material
  • a short primer on American history and legal philosophy as each is relevant to the study of law provides a self-study resource that students may use as they need

What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law offers a companion website that includes PowerPoint slides, problems, quizzes, and additional in-class exercises—as well as teaching notes that explain how to use this complete teaching package to greatest advantage.

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