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Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, Second Edition

Authors
  • Barry Friedman
  • John C. P. Goldberg
Series / Academic Success Series
Teaching Materials
NO
Description
Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, 2E is a book that every JD and LLM law student needs to read, either before classes start or as they get going in their 1L year. Now in an expanded second edition, the book explains in a clear and easygoing, conversational manner what law professors expect from their students both in classes and exams. The authors, award-winning teachers with a wealth of classroom experience, give students an inside look at law school by explaining how, despite appearances to the contrary, classes connect to exams and exams connect to the practice of law.

Open Book introduces them to the basic structure of our legal system and to the distinctive features of legal reasoning. To prepare students for exams, the book explains in clear and careful detail what exams are designed to test. It then devotes a single, clearly written chapter to each step of the process of answering exams. It also contains a wealth of material, both in the book and digitally, on preparing for exams.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Open Book comes with a free suite of 18 actual law school exams in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Torts, written and administered by law professors. These exams include not only questions, but: (1) annotations from the professors explaining what they were looking for; (2) model answers written by the professors themselves; and (3) actual student answers, with professor comments that explain why certain answers were stronger of weaker. As Open Book explains, there is no better way to prepare for exams than by practicing, and these unique materials will enable students to get the most out of their pre-exam practice.

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About the authors
Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman is one of the countryrsquo;s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and is currently writing a book on policing and the Constitution, tentatively titled Policing with Permission, under contract with Farrar, Straus Giroux. He is the reporter for the American Law Institutersquo;s new Principles of Law: Police Investigations. Friedman is the founding director of NYU Lawrsquo;s new Policing Project, and teaches an externship course called Governing Policing. He publishes regularly in the nationrsquo;s leading academic journals, in the fields of law, politics, and history; his work also appears frequently in the popular press, including the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and the New Republic. Friedman serves as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts, and has had a long involvement with social change issues. He has taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure for 30 years, and has recently developed a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He and a set of co-authors from law and the social sciences are writing a course book on the subject. Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Product Information
Edition
Second Edition
Publication date
2016-04-18
Copyright Year
2016
Pages
288
Paperback
9781454873563
Connected eBook (Digital Only)
9798886143829
Subject
Academic Success , Introduction to Law
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