- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Third Edition, Revised edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312605110
- ISBN-13: 978-0312605117
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
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Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students Paperback – April 26, 2011
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“Walks the reader from the decision to go to law school through the bar exam. . . a useful, worthwhile book.” ―NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL
“Miller has decorously armed his readers. . . excellent advice.” ―THE DOCKET
“This abundance of information is just the remedy for the nerves of a student anxious to enter law school. . .” ―JOURNAL OF THE DENVER BAR ASSOCIATION
“This book is a must for anyone attending or thinking about law school.” ―THE HOUSTON LAWYER
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About the Author
ROBERT H. MILLER graduated from Yale University in 1993 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in May 1998, where he served as senior editor of the Law Review. After graduation, he served a prestigious federal court clerkship, and is now an attorney at the well-known New England law firm Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green, where he specializes in constitutional, intellectual property, and business litigation.
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This is a comprehensive, all-inclusive 1L experience book - and an entertaining, and highly informative read.
I plan to give a copy of this book to all of the future 1Ls in my life, and even though I am only a week into my first year, I know I am much better off having read this book from cover to cover.
I have read many and varied law school preparation books. To be forward, of all the books I have read, I found this one to be the most overrated. It is indeed useful, particularly if this is your first book on law school and you are interested in a very general overview.
PERSONAL SUGGESTION (*warining* personal opinion)
My strongest suggestion for those interested in law school is this: take one or two years off prior to entering law school to 1) adequately prepare and 2) make a determination whether or not you *really* want to do it. Whether you enroll into a graduate program, work, relax, explore, or engage in charitable activities - give yourself some time to pursue your varied interests. If you ever wanted to start a company, see a particular part of the world, or just take some time to think .. I highly suggest you do that prior to entering law school. If you just completed or are about to complete an undergraduate or graduate program, you might not have this opportunity again. Purge those urges and pursue those interests now while you have a chance.
The book provides useful information regarding law school from financing your education to law school etiquette (share your class notes; do not boast about anything; avoid gossip; and never discuss grades). Furthermore, the author provides useful insights on applying for jobs to obtaining internships. Many topics are addressed in the book, and I appreciated the perspectives of former law students to hiring partners at variously sized firms. I do not necessarily agree with the author's suggestion on case briefing, however. I think it would be tedious and time-consuming to read cases using variously colored highlighters. It is better to use simply a pen and underline relevant material.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
The information in the book lacks depth but makes up for it for its vast breadth concerning prior to law school, while in law school (year 1, 2, and 3) and after law school. I am confident that most people who have an interest in possibly attending law school will find the book useful.