- Series: Career Guides
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: West Academic Publishing; 2 edition (March 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0314283056
- ISBN-13: 978-0314283054
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School 2nd Edition
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McClurg is the first author I read that seems to understand that the majority of law students will not be going to a top 15 school. There are over 200 ABA accredited law schools in the US and it seems that most books about law school are geared towards the top 10% of schools and forget that the other 90% of people need more practical advice other than how to apply for Yale - Georgetown.
McClurg gives a good glimpse into what law school will be like for the majority of students.
From addressing the topicals fears incoming students have to tips on how to succeed (spoiler alert: there are no short cuts in law school!) and the real life impact law school has on your life. McClurg even includes a chapter on non-traditional students because he understands that a number of law students are not “high-school to undergrad to law” people. We have had families and jobs/careers and maybe will be working while in school.
Where as other books will suggest you move in with your parents and have them help you pay for school this book understands that most of its readers will not have that option.
This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone thinking about going to law school or anyone preparing to start their L1 journey.
Let McClurg be your guide to note taking, outlining, exams, case-briefing, and the Socratic method. He will do so with humor and understanding.
As a law student I have read several law school guides and have yet to find one that compares to 1L of a Ride. In fact I have found that many of them, even those written by other professors and lawyers, are incomplete as they fail to describe exactly what a 1L will need to know about writing in law school in a way that can be understood by someone who has never briefed a case or taken a law school exam. On a side note, if you made As in undergrad writing courses, you are most likely NOT going to have the same experience in law school relying on those same writing skills and styles; you WILL need to prepare yourself for a complete writing skill makeover and you will need to start learning immediately because writing in law school is absolutely nothing like writing in any other field or profession, and to try and use those same writing methods and skills in law school is a death sentence. But there is much hope even for those who have already begun law school. It seems there is one Professor on the planet who has not forgotten his 1L experience and who has accomplished the difficult task of communicating what 1Ls should know in a way that can be understood rather easily. Moreover, Professor McClurg is witty, sarcastic and genuine and he has a unique, hilarious way of communicating the concepts you need to know. This book will keep you laughing from the first to the last page and I can assure that you will have many page corners bent and many marks, notes and highlights throughout your copy of 1L of a Ride before you are finished reading.
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, law student or not. This book is a great source for anyone who has thought about law school, anyone who is in law school and ESPECIALLY for those who are about to begin the first year of law school, and it most certainly will help tutors and professors who are teaching 1Ls as it seems that the experience of the first year of law school is often forgotten (or perhaps becomes a repressed memory for some, depending on the insanity level of the experience) by many seasoned law students and professors. I would also recommend this book to family members of law students who would like to have an idea of what their loved ones are experiencing as law students.
Bottom line: this is one of if not THE very best, most comprehensive and informative sources available to anyone interested in law. Professor McClurg listens to his students and appreciates their experiences, and his book continues to serve those who read and follow his guidance.