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Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert, Second Edition

Reading Like a Lawyer

Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert

Second Edition

$35.00 328 pp paper

Tags: Lawyering Skills/Study Aids

Teacher's Manual available

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Studies show that the reading skills your students have developed in college may not be enough to ensure their success in law school. Reading law requires professionals to understand the purpose of their reading, to form and express opinions about what they're reading, to apply legal logic, to read with energy, and to adopt sophisticated reading habits that are unique to the study of law.

Written for law students, pre-law students, paralegals, and others interested in developing these reading skills, Reading Like a Lawyer teaches each of the following critical legal reading skills:

  • how to read legal casebooks and engage in class, as well as how to use your reading to prepare for exams;
  • how to read published court cases outside of a casebook;
  • how to read legislative material; and
  • how to read online effectively.

Based on sound educational research, each chapter includes exercises that challenge students to apply what that chapter has taught. A website accompanies the book and includes additional readings (e.g., on logic) plus opportunities for students to gain confidence by testing their own thoughts against those of the author.

For faculty, Reading Like a Lawyer includes a separate teacher's manual and a faculty website with a powerpoint that mirrors the book's principle lessons.

"Reading Like a Lawyer is a must-read for 1Ls." — Sally Zusman, Director of Academic Achievement Programs at William Mitchell College of Law

Complimentary Copy RequestIf you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.

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