POST WRITTEN BY: Marie S. Newman (Library Director and Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University)
The library’s new exhibit, Surviving Law School 101, curated by Alyson Carney and Ann DiMaio, features a selection of books and DVDs that will help you survive and even thrive during your first year. The exhibit includes such classic introductions to law school as The Bramble Bush and The Paper Chase, but also pulls together brand new books on study techniques, some of which are specifically geared to the 1L student. There are also books on mastering the “cold call,” using Microsoft Word 2013, and cracking the case method. In addition to what is on display, the library has a good collection of books on law-school survival skills which are shelved in the stacks. Please ask a reference librarian for help in locating these materials.
The library has also put together an online guide specifically designed for 1Ls. One of its most useful features is the series of tabs devoted to courses in the first-year curriculum. On each of these tabs, students will find an array of resources, both print and online, that they can use to help them master that particular subject. There are also tabs devoted to The Bluebook, the legal citation manual, and to exam taking techniques and tips.