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Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience

Front Cover - Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience

Albert J. Moore
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

David A. Binder
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

2009. 170 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-8449-5.

About the Book

Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience provides law students with explicit frameworks for reading and analyzing court opinions in all first year courses. Using hypothetical classroom dialogues, the book explains how these frameworks will help student understand and participate in classroom discussions, answer questions on exams, and use the skills learned in the first year when representing clients in practice.

Unraveling the mysteries of the first year of law school, authors Moore and Binder provide:

clear definitions, along with concrete examples, of the two types of legal issues typically addressed in court opinions

illustrations of the six types of arguments routinely used by courts, lawyers and professors to resolve legal issues. These illustrations should help students understand a courts rationale for its decision and help students make legal arguments on exams and in practice

a straightforward explanation for the use of the question-and-answer format in first year classrooms, with numerous illustrative examples of hypothetical in-class dialogues

a step-by-step approach for briefing court opinions in preparation for class, along with a companion website with illustrative examples of case briefs of court opinions in subjects addressed in first year courses

Written by top scholars drawing on their experience as authors and educators, Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience, gives the benefit of experience to the uninitiated. Its ideal as a companion to any first year course, as a text in a legal methods or academic support course, or as background for a law school orientation program. A Teachers Manual is available at www/aspenlawschool.com/books/moorebinder.