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Open Book: Succeeding on Exams From the First Day of Law School 2E

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Second Edition


Barry Friedman
New York University School of Law 

John C.P. Goldberg
Harvard Law School

2016. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7356-3.

About the Book

Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, 2E is a book that every law student needs to read, either before classes start or as they get going in their 1L year. Now in an expanded second edition, the book explains in a clear and easygoing, conversational manner what law professors expect from their students both in classes and exams. The authors, award-winning teachers with a wealth of classroom experience, give students an “inside” look at law school by explaining how, despite appearances to the contrary, classes connect to exams and exams connect to the practice of law. To prepare students for classes, Open Book introduces them to the basic structure of our legal system and to the distinctive features of legal reasoning. To prepare students for exams, the book explains in clear and careful detail what exams are designed to test.  It then devotes a single, clearly written chapter to each step of the process of answering exams.  It also contains a wealth of material, both in the book and digitally, on preparing for exams. 

Key Features: 
• New organization that focuses on transitioning from class preparation to exam preparation.
• New chapters on the legal system and legal reasoning that, with simple and clear illustrations, show new law students how to prepare for, and get the most out of, classes.