Top 10 Law Student Books of the Moment: Starter Edition

We’re unveiling something new here at Law Vibe that has the promisings to be a regular feature: the hottest law school related books that you, the LawVibe community, have been buying over the last three months!

The LawVibe team is able to get a sneak peak into what our readers like in terms of law school books via Amazon. Now, we don’t know what any specific person buys so don’t worry about that. We just know in general what the collective LawVibe readership base likes to buy and finds interesting. It gives us a good vibe on what’s hot in law school books right now.

We’re going to arrange this list starting with the most bought item on the list over the past 3 months. The first line after the link is my personal comment on the book. The second line, in italics, is a clipping from the Amazon review.

  1. Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History
    Yes, the book most ordered by law students is the one most unrelated to law school! Read the LawVibe book sample to get a taste of what to expect.
    “Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy.”
  2. Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
    The classic book on perfecting your law school exams – preparing and excelling.
    “A study aid that takes legal theory seriously…Students who master these lessons will surely write better exams. More importantly, they will also learn to be better lawyers”
  3. Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student
    Excellent first-hand recounting of a very nervous law student, Martha Kimes, in Columbia Law School – check out the LawVibe book review.
    “The self-deprecating wit, catty observations and healthy sense of the absurd with which Kimes describes her approach-avoidance reactions to the world of law school raise the book above the ordinary.”
  4. Law School Confidential (Revised Edition): A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students
    Walks you from the decision to go into law school all the way to the bar exam.
    “Miller covers every aspect of the law school experience-from surviving the first semester to seeking summer internships-which makes this book unique.”
  5. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School
    The infamous story of Scott Turow’s first year as a Harvard law student.
    “Even though we know he goes on to fabulous success as both a lawyer and a writer, Turow’s initial ego is beautifully subdued by the end of his year as a One L.”
  6. Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class
    Solid book with easy-to-read tips on better outlining, legal research, writing, and more.
    “This book will teach you how to stand head and shoulders above your colleagues in law school, and succeed in your most critical year of law school, the first year.”
  7. The Elements of Legal Style
    An intelligent approach to legal writing style – while still keeping itself firmly grounded.
    “A decade after the key first edition, Garner, editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and other works on legal writing, provides expanded coverage of appropriate legal prose and common errors in legal language, with the goal of encouraging clarity in legal writing.”
  8. The Law School Breakthrough: Graduate In The Top 10% Of Your Class, Even If You’re Not A First-Rate Student
    Breaks down the mysteries of law school, including outlining, creating a study schedule, and taking exams in your law classes.
    “The Law School Breakthrough provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to surviving law school-both inside and outside the classroom.”
  9. The Complete Law School Companion: How to Excel at America’s Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum
    Gives you specific systems to excel in law school – making law school life easier through organization.
    “Offers complete, accessible information on every topic of concern to law students ranging from the LSAT, the Bar Exam, Law Review, computerized research and videotape study aids to obtaining that important clerkship or job.”
  10. How to Succeed in Law School
    More of a jack-of-all-trades book, it gives you a little bit of everything in law school without going too deep into any one subject – a good overview of life in legal education.
    “The author offers advice on taking good lecture notes, effective study methods, library research, test-taking, handling the inevitable stresses of law school, and much more.”

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