Law School Bound Book Updates
Law School Bound
John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.
Table Of Contents
Part I - Pre-Law Issues
1. So, You Want To Be A Lawyer
Focus: The identification of a reason for attending law school
2. The Pre-Law State Of Mind
Focus: Pre-Law Years - Issues Of Concern To Pre-Law Students: how to select courses, summer jobs, etc.
3. How To Locate Suitable Law Schools
Focus: How to find appropriate schools in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
Part II - Application Issues
4. The Importance Of A Plan
Focus: Personal Success Stories - How success relates to planning
5. It's Time To Apply - Getting Organized
Focus: Preliminary Considerations - What is the most appropriate application category? How to identify the "mission statements" of different schools.
6. Personal Statements And The Autobiographical Sketch
Focus: How to develop personal statements. What works. What doesn't.
7. Samples Of Personal Statements
Focus: Samples or real personal statements
8. Letters Of Reference
Focus: How to obtain effective letters. What makes an effective letter, effective?
Focus: Some discussion aimed a the few schools that do interview. Personal accounts of applicants who have been interviewed.
Part III - Law School Issues
10. You're Accepted - How To Select Law Schools
Focus: What are the tools to compare law schools?
11. Law School - What It's About
Focus: Courses, workload, cases, briefing, Socratic method
12. Accredited Law Schools - Part-Time, Evenings, Weekends
Focus: Available opportunities and personal accounts
13. Non-Traditional Ways Of Obtaining A Legal Education
Focus: Correspondence law schools, external study, states that allow bar admission based on law office study, undergraduate degrees in law, paralegals
14. Graduate Degrees In Law
Focus: Why do them? Where are they? Personal Accounts
15. Success In Law School - Read It Before You Start!
Focus: Get started on the right foot. Advice in the form of an article by a law professor.
Part IV - Bar Admission Issues
16. Becoming a Barrister and Solicitor - Bar Admission In The Canadian Common Law Provinces
Focus: Canadian lawyers are both Barristers and Solicitors - Educational and character requirements for both
17. Articling And The Bar Admission Course In Canada
Focus: The Dirt On articling and the classroom component of the Bar Admission Course
18. Becoming a Notary Or Advocate - Bar Admission In Quebec
Focus: Quebec lawyers are either Notaries or Advocates - Requirements to become either a Notary and Advocate
19. Becoming An Attorney At Law - Bar Admission In The U.S.
Focus: How to become an Attorney At Law - Opportunities for both U.S. and non U.S. law graduates
20. Becoming a Barrister or Solicitor - Bar Admission In The U.K.
Focus: U.K. Lawyers are either Barristers or Solicitors - How to become either a Barrister OR Solicitor
Part V - Lawyers - What The Profession Is Like
21. Lawyers - Scenes From The Legal Profession
Focus: The wide range of lawyer's activities
22. Lawyer's Incomes - What Do Lawyers Earn?
Focus: The wide range of lawyer's incomes
23. Lawyers And The Law - "More Than An Ordinary Citizen"
Focus: The heightened legal and ethical restrictions on lawyers
24. The Practice Of Law - Both A Business And A Profession
Focus: Lawyers and unpopular causes, business aspects of the practice of law
25. 21st Century Compliance - The Practice Of Law In The 21st Century
Focus: Be Prepared!! How globalization and technology are affecting the practice of law
26. Lawyers Mobility In The New World - "Have Law Degree Will Travel"
Focus: Take that law career and use it to pursue opportunities in other countries, NAFTA, eligibility to take the Bar Exam, National Committee On Accreditation, etc.
27. Lawyers - Job Satisfaction And Quality Of Life
Focus: The sometimes precarious balance between professional and personal lives
28. Law, Society And The Law Society - How Canadian Lawyers Govern Themselves
Focus: The Canadian legal profession as a self-governing profession, the role of the Law Society
Part VI - Historical Barriers To Access
29. Minorities - Law School And The Practice Of Law
Focus: Is discrimination against minority groups still an issue?
30. Women - The new majority in law schools
Focus: From the common law prohibition from practicing law to their majority status in law schools
Part VII - An LSAT Primer
31. Introducing The LSAT - Who, What, When And Where!
Focus: What does the test look like? How do you register? How is the LSAT used?
32. Inside The LSAT - Percentile Performance - How To Maximize Your Score
Focus: 26 Effective Principles Of Approach
33. Understanding The LSAT - What Your Score Means
34. LSAT - Post Mortem Considerations
Focus: When should cancel your score? When should you repeat the LSAT?
35. For LSAT Historians - Towards A Computer Adaptive LSAT
Focus: The evolution of the LSAT to its widely expected computer adaptive format
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