Time to gear up. 0L reading recommendations

Post 1L Update: While a lot of the “Law School Prep” books really helped me settle my nerves, I am on the fence as to whether they were helpful or not. Nothing care really prepare you for law school.

Why does every 1L experience read as a horror story? Yesterday, I grabbed lunch with an old friend that I hadn’t seen since high school. When I told her I was headed to law school in the fall, her response was “My friend went to law school, she couldn’t believe how many people dropped out in the first two weeks.”

I’ve been getting comments like this from everyone.

In an attempt to get as big of a jump start as possible, I reached out to several practicing attorneys to best prepare myself for law school. Most of them recommended a few books to help me start thinking like an attorney. Luckily, my gap job allows for a lot of time to catch up on podcasts (reviews coming soon) and audiobooks. Readers beware though, these are definitely law based books and can be a little on the dry side. Below are some of the most recommended and my personal favorites:

Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams : The most recommended book. It is written by Law School professors and explains what your professors are really asking and what information they are testing you on.

Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students : LSC is a collection of common questions and processes in law school and the application process. It is amazingly well thought out and thorough while still maintaining brevity. It’s a great book for troubleshooting or to pick up for a few pages and come back to.

Law School for Everyone : Nice audiobook for multitasking. Several different professors give insight in to the legal system and litigation. I listened to it before my class schedule came out and almost wish I would have waited. However, I’m planning on reviewing to the Criminal Law and Torts chapters for my classes this fall. Thrifty hint: It’s much more economical to buy this audiobook with an Audible Membership rather than outright. With my membership it costs less than $15.

The 1L Success Guide: Learning the Law, Acing Your Exams, and Getting to the Top of Your Class (Law School Success Guides) : At $4 and 1.5 hours in length, this was a quick and brief overview with helpful hints

The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities : Not necessarily law school focused, but I found this book on clearance at Barnes and Nobel and it ended up being an interesting read that helped me start thinking like an attorney.

Recommended but still on my to read list:

1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School

An Introduction to Legal Reasoning

The Republic

If you have a chance to read any of the above, feel free to send me a message!

Forward and Onward,


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