Aspen Publishing

Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, Second Edition

Barry Friedman, John C. P. Goldberg


  • ISBN: 9781454873563

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  • Description

    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. 

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 4/18/2016
    Copyright: 2016
    Pages: 288
    Paperback: 9781454873563

    Summary of Contents

    Guide to the Book
    How to Access Your Open Book Digital Materials

    Chapter 1
    The What and Why of Exams

    PART I
    Chapter 2
    The Missing Link
    Chapter 3
    A System of Rules
    Chapter 4
    Legal Reasoning, the Common Law Way
    Chapter 5
    Connecting Class and Exams
    Chapter 6
    Getting the Most Out of Class

    Chapter 7
    IRAC: A Framework for Analysis
    Chapter 8
    The Pinball Method of Exam Taking
    Chapter 9
    Issue Spotting and Issue Sorting
    Chapter 10
    Chapter 11
    Analysis (Application)
    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13
    Outlining for Exam Success
    Chapter 14
    Make Your Lists; Check Them Twice
    Chapter 15
    Tackling Other Exam Formats
    Chapter 16
    Practice (Exams) Makes Perfect
    Chapter 17
    Exam Trouble: How to Avoid It, What to Do About It

    The Zen of Law School

  • Author Information

    John C.P. Goldberg

    John Goldberg, an expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy, joined the Law School faculty in 2008. From 1995 until then, he was a faculty member of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Associate Dean for Research (2006-08). He is co-author of a leading casebook — Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress (4th ed. 2016), as well as The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts (2010). He has also published dozens of articles and essays in scholarly journals. Goldberg has taught a broad array of first-year and upper-level courses, and has received multiple teaching prizes. An Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Fourth Restatement of Property, Goldberg also serves as an advisor to the Third Restatement of Torts. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Tort Law and Legal Theory, and in 2009 was Chair of the Torts and Compensation Systems Section of the Association of American Law Schools. After receiving his J.D. in 1991 from New York University School of Law, Goldberg clerked for Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and for Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He earned his B.A. with high honors from the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University. He also holds an M. Phil. in Politics from Oxford University and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, he briefly practiced law in Boston.

    Barry Friedman

    Barry Friedman is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and is currently writing a book on policing and the Constitution, tentatively titled Policing with Permission, under contract with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He is the reporter for the American Law Institute’s new Principles of Law: Police Investigations. Friedman is the founding director of NYU Law’s new Policing Project, and teaches an externship course called Governing Policing. He publishes regularly in the nation’s leading academic journals, in the fields of law, politics, and history; his work also appears frequently in the popular press, including the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and the New Republic. Friedman serves as a litigator or litigation consultant on a variety of matters in the federal and state courts, and has had a long involvement with social change issues. He has taught Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Criminal Procedure for 30 years, and has recently developed a new course entitled Judicial Decisionmaking that marries social science about judging with normative and institutional legal questions. He and a set of co-authors from law and the social sciences are writing a course book on the subject. Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.