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Law School Success Guides


Welcome to the Bora Laskin Law Library's guide to resources that can help you succeed in law school.

This guide includes several books that we recommend to students who want a good overview of law school and how to excel as a law student, including books on writing law school exams.


Items designated as Course Reserves are located in the short-term loan collection at the circulation desk.

  • Ali, Ramsey, et al. The ABC's of Law School: A Practical Guide to Success Without Sacrifice. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2002.
  • Burkhart, Ann M. & Stein, Robert A. Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams, 2nd ed. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2008.
  • Christensen, Leah M. Learning Outside the Box: A Handbook for Law Students Who Learn Differently. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2011.
  • Civiletto Carey, Christian & Adams, Kristen David. The Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making the Most of Your Legal Education. New York, N.Y.: ALM Pub., 2003.
  • Dernbach, John C. A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams. Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 2001.
  • Dernbach, John C. Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive), 3rd ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
  • Fischl, Richard M. & Paul, Jeremy. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 1999.
  • Hutchinson, Allan C. The Law School Book: Succeeding at Law School, 3rd ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2009.
  • Jones, Craig E. Secrets of an Entrepreneurial Law Student and Other Strategies for Law School Success. Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1997.
  • Moore, Albert J. & Binder, David A. Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience. New York, N.Y.: Aspen Publishers, 2010.
  • Noyes, Shana Connell & Noyles, Henry S. Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman, 1999.
  • Shapo, Helene & Shapo, Marshall. Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success, 2nd ed. New York, N.Y.: Foundation Press, 2002.
  • Waddams, S.M. Introduction to the Study of Law, 7th ed. Scarborough, Ont.: Carswell, 2010.