A few weeks ago, we published a blog post introducing new students to legal research with HeinOnline. William S. Hein &. Co. also publishes books, and several focus on the first step most individuals take toward the legal world: law school. If you know someone starting law school next semester, get them off to a great start by recommending some of these titles!
1. 1000 Days to the Bar: But the Practice of Law Begins Now! 2nd edition, by Dennis Tonsing
This is a powerful, accessible, and practical book that breaks law school learning strategies into understandable and logical steps that maximize the effect of students’ study efforts. This book explicitly ties those learning strategies to the strategies practicing lawyers use to understand, analyze and apply legal concepts in the real-life representation of their clients. Students who employ its methods not only improve their law school performances and increase their chances of passing the bar on their first try, but they also come to understand the practical implications of their hard work for the transition into the real world of practice, where clients entrust to lawyers the protection of their rights, property, liberties, sometimes even their lives. In other words, students will learn how to practice law while pursuing success in studying law. This book is available for $28.95 here or at amazon.com.
2. Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class 2nd Edition, by Henry S. Noyes and Shana Connell Noyes
First published in 1999, this book has gone on to become one of the best-selling law school preparation books of all time. It has been recommended by the pre-law advisory offices of several universities, by law school admissions consultant services, and by law school student organizations. Order your copy for $22.00 here or on amazon.com.
3. User's Guide to the Bluebook Revised for the 20th Edition, by Alan L. Dworsky
This User’s Guide is written for practitioners (law students, law clerks, lawyers, legal assistants and paralegals), and is designed to make the task of mastering citation form as easy and painless as possible. To help alleviate the obstacles faced when using proper citation form, this text is set up as a how-to manual with a step-by-step approach to learning the basic skills of citation and includes the numbers of the relevant Bluebook rules under most chapter subheadings for easy reference when more information is needed. This book is available for $17.95 here or at amazon.com.
4. Little Book on Legal Writing 2nd Edition, by Alan L. Dworsky
This book allows both law and paralegal students to dramatically improve legal writing skills with minimum effort. It's geared toward the type of writing first-year law students learn in a standard legal writing course: memorandums and briefs. However, the advice in this book applies to other kinds of legal writing as well, including contracts and pleadings. Order your copy here or at amazon.com for $12.95.
5. Little Book on Oral Argument by Alan L. Dworsky
This title is specifically designed for law students and lawyers who wish to improve their oral argument skills. It begins with chapters on nervousness, preparation, and delivery; later, it addresses the core theme of oral argument: how one interacts with an audience. Additional chapters deal with style, substance, structure, questions, rebuttal, and the psychology of persuasion. This work is available for $11.95 here or on amazon.com.