Sh*t No One Tells You About Law School

by Tanya J. Monestier

Tags: First Year, Law School Study Aids

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368 pp  $29.95

ISBN 978-1-5310-2475-8
eISBN 978-1-5310-2476-5

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In celebration of August 2023 blockbuster movies, CAP has released a selected reading from the book with a new introduction by the author, "Sh*t No One Tells GIRLS About Law School."

Irreverent. Fun. Honest. Words never before used to describe a book intended for law students—until now. Sh*t No One Tells You About Law School offers law students a compilation of advice culled from the author's fifteen years of teaching experience. Think Jessica Pearson meets Carrie Bradshaw—shoe closet included! This book is a tell-it-like-it-is account of how students can successfully navigate the law school experience (minus the boring stuff). Written for today's law student, this book goes far beyond the run-of-the-mill "here's how you case brief" and "read cases carefully" advice. Expect to be both motivated and entertained by the author's practical, hands-on guidance.

Professor Tanya Monestier is a tenured law professor who teaches Contracts, Sales, and Conflict of Laws. She was a first-generation student who kicked a** in law school and who wants to help you do the same.

This is a great book. Funny (and I mean literally laugh out loud funny), interesting, easy to read, and instructive. The author's humor helps send the serious message of how to prepare for law school. The book has something in it for everyone. I only wish my students could have read it before they arrived. Going forward, I plan to spread the word that Professor Monestier's book is a must-read!"
— Steve Levin, Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Law, Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Law
I just finished my 2L year and had the pleasure of reading Professor Monestier's book. This book is easy to read, well thought out, and insightful. I seriously couldn't put the book down. It is a law school "prep" book like no other. Professor Monestier is funny, honest and extremely knowledgeable. She captures all facets of law school in this book and lays it all out in a brilliant way. How I would describe the book: it's as if your mentor sat down with you and talked to you about everything related to law school. It really gave me good tips on how to change my study habits for the better, and showed me a new way of tackling the hardships of law school. This book is a must read! As a sidenote, read the footnotes, they're hilarious."
— Bianca Morello, The Law School Show
The first and biggest problem is that most new law students get most of their advice from other, only-slightly-less-new law students. Bad idea, for what would seem to be obvious reasons. Monestier is the right source for useful advice from the best perspective—she was a law student, has been a professor for quite some time, and therefore clearly has the perspective to know what works not only in the short term, but in the long run for all kinds of students. She genuinely cares about law students and their experience in the new and alien environment of law school.…This invaluable new book is THE guidebook to the law school you will encounter today, which is quite different from the one described by many other books of this type. Get it early, read it often, and crush your law school experience with advice that is thorough, accurate, and honest—this is the source!"
— Jason J. Kilborn, Professor at University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

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