Book Review: 1L of a Ride

Earlier this month, I went on a shopping spree and bought a few law school prep books off Amazon. I anxiously awaited their arrival, and, once I finally had all of them, I decided to read 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School by Andrew McClurg first, because it was the one I saw peppered all over my Pinterest feed as soon as I began searching for pins about law school and admissions.

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To begin, I am a worrywart to the highest degree, so law school has been at the top of the of worries in my mind as it comes closer. And, in all honesty, this book, despite giving warnings about the difficulty of law school and the workload, made me even more excited to begin law school.

Ever since I submitted all my applications, it feels as if time is dragging on--I just want to get started! I'm excited to face a new academic challenge and, with each passing day, that excitement grows. Not to say that I'm not anxious about law school; after all, no one takes it on assuming it's going to be an easy three years.

The great thing about this book is that, despite all the warnings about the workload and the stress, it helped bolster that feeling of excitement. The more I read, the more I felt as if I were making the perfect choice for me. It made me feel comforted to know that I'd be surrounded by similar people who were in love with facts and the law.

There is so much amazing information packed into this book. Not only is there advice about the first year of law school, McClurg also puts in examples of student lecture notes, a case-briefing exercise, different opinions from real law students about the experience, an exam essay question example, and more.

This was a hard book to put down because I just wanted to keep absorbing all the awesome information and advice that is put into these pages. I know for a fact that I will be picking this up throughout my 1L year to review study tips, advice, and reassurances that everybody else is as stressed out as I am.

If you're planning on going to law school or are already admitted, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book and, at the least, skim through it or pick and choose which chapters you want to read.




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