We now mention a few articles, books, films, and videos that may be of interest to pre-law students. Many of these items may be available from the Pre-Law Office.
PRELAW READING LIST
The publisher's of the book ABA-LSAC OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ABA-APPROVED LAW SCHOOLS (This website may be temporarily unavailable) say that this book is "the only official guide to all the American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools in the United States, and it's the only one that contains up-to-date admission criteria and other essential admission information provided by the schools themselves. The Official Guide is the one book in which each school tells its story so that you can compare and decide which schools are best for you. Tuition, financial aid, special programs, and facilities are only some of the many categories covered in this handy guide." To purchase your own copy (it is a great buy at $26), call 215-968-1001.
PRELAW READING LIST
Thane J. Messinger, M.B.A., J.D., A.L.M. has suggested the following books. He gives the "Full Disclosure: I am the author of two of them." Below are the suggested additions, with a brief description of each:
PRELAW . Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job: What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing, by Erika M. Finn & Jessica T. Olmon (The Fine Print Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-888960-14-3), US$16.95. An insider's look at landing a dream law firm job. More info at http://www.fineprintpress.com/insiders-guide.html. . Later-in-Life Lawyers: Tips for the Non-Traditional Law Student, by Charles Cooper (The Fine Print Press, ISBN-13: 1-888960-06-X), US$16.95. The only guide for the non-traditional law student. More info at http://www.fineprintpress.com/later-life.html. . Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold, by Thane J. Messinger (The Fine Print Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-888960-80-8), US$16.95. Advice on law school, from pre-law to graduation, by a law review editor, practitioner, and professor. More info at http://www.fineprintpress.com/getting-gold.html. The Art of the Law School Transfer: A Guide to Transferring Law Schools, by Andrew B. Carrabis and Seth D. Haimovitch (The Fine Print Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-888960-30-3), US$16.95. The only guide for students seeking to transfer law schools. Available in July 2009.
SUMMER AND NEW ASSOCIATES.. Jagged RocksRocks of Wisdom: Professional Advice for the New Attorney, by Morten Lund,
hThe Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide,by Thane J. Messinger (The Fine Print Press, second edition ISBN-13: 978-1-888960-19-8), US$18.95. The granddaddy law-practice guide, 14 years helping new associates survive their first years in practice. More info at http://www.fineprintpress.com/YLJB.html
Tim Magle, Prelaw Advisor, Department of Political Science, the University of Iowa mentions, in his PRELAW FAQ, the following three books:
One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow.
The Lure of Law: Why People Become Lawyers and What the Profession Does to Them by Richard Moll.
How to Get into the Right Law School Paul Lermack.
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The Prelaw Handbook at Calvin College says that, "A good overview of the legal profession is offered by Mary Ann Glendon in A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession is Transforming American Society and Deborah Rhode In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession.
The publisher's say that the book, SO YOU WANT TO BE A LAWYER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE "can save you time and money by showing you how to identify what you should be looking for in a law school, and which ones may be looking for someone like you. Admission office insiders reveal what admission committees look for and how to make your application stand out amid the competition."