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First Year of Law School

Brief listing of pamphlets and texts on getting into and doing well in law school

The First Year of Law School

The first year of law school is both exciting and frightening. Law school is a unique experience, one unlike anything most first-year law students have ever experienced. This research guide contains a partial list of resources available within the library’s collection that attempts to address issues many law students encounter, such as the legal system, study groups, stress reduction, study skills and law school exams. This guide is only a selection of the resources available in the collection. The library’s online catalog will assist in locating additional resources on any topic. 

The Law School Experience

The majority of the library’s collection on the first-year experience is located on the second floor in and around the KF 285–287 call numbers. This list below is just a preview of the books we have available; look over the catalog or the shelf if you have other questions or are looking for advice on a specific topic.

You'll notice a few words in these titles jump out, such as "survival" and "fear." Law school can cause a lot of anxiety. We highly recommend you combine your readings from this area with our "Work-Life Balance" readings on the right.

Skills to Master

Work-Life Balance

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