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Letter to a One L Friend

A Little Guide to Seeing the Big Picture and Succeeding in Law School

by Isaac Mamaysky

Forthcoming March 2019 paper

ISBN978-1-5310-1103-1
e-ISBN978-1-5310-1104-8

Tags: First Year


This book was born out of a letter the author wrote in his final year of law school to a good friend who was just starting. Letter to a One L Friend presents an easily-digestible, proven system for law students to thrive in law school. Weaving in anecdotes from his own experience as a student, author Issac Mamaysky explains what new students should expect and presents a step-by-step strategy to excel. Many law students study during every waking moment just to stay in the middle of the pack, because law school requires a unique method of analysis that is completely different from anything students experience in college. Despite what many students expect, doing well is more about process than intelligence. Students who use the correct process excel, while students who use the wrong process don’t—regardless of how smart they are. Having a clear strategy when students begin law school is almost as important as working hard once they get there—Letter to a One L Friend is a compelling and resonant guide that shows students the best way to implement this approach.

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