Preparing for Law School

The information below is not at all required, but sometimes future law students appreciate reading materials that might help them prepare for their transition to law school. There is a plethora of information available but don’t drive yourself crazy trying to read it all. Listed are a few sources that may be helpful.  More information will be added throughout the year, but also feel free to contact our Admissions Office directly at (573) 882-6042 or if you have any additional questions.

Books for incoming 1Ls:

  • Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System by Jay Feinman
  • Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class by Shana & Henry Noyes
  • The Law School Experience: Law, Legal Reasoning, and Lawyering by Lissa Griffin & Bennett Gershman
  • A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams by John Dernbach
  • Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael H. Schwartz
  • 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School by Andrew J. McClurg
  • Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert by Ruth Ann McKinney
  • Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy
  • Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor
  • Illusions of Competence: Using Empirical Research on Undergraduate Study Behaviors to Maximize Law Learning by Jennifer M. Cooper.

Suggested reading for family and friends:

•  The Companion Text to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student by Andrew J. McClurg