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What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law, Third Edition

Tracey E. George, Suzanna Sherry


  • ISBN: 9781543805734

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  • Description

    With the aim of decreasing students' anxiety and increasing their chances of achieving academic success, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law, Third Edition prepares students to get through their first year of law school. It also serves as a valuable reference over an entire law school career, contributing to students' continuing academic success. With a friendly and informal writing style, this guide to law school features insights into how and why law school classes work the way they do, and the tools and techniques to better understand the substance of the first-year courses. It helps students enter law school with an understanding of legal concepts, the American legal system, and court structures, allowing the students not only to succeed, but to thrive in the classroom.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Pub Date: 11/20/19
    Copyright Year: 2020
    Pages: 240
    Print: 9781543805734

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  • Author Information

    Tracey E. George

    Tracey George is the vice provost for faculty affairs, the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, and a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. George teaches Contracts, Evidence, and The Life of the Law: An Introduction to the Study of Law in the law school, where she has earned the Hall-Hartman Teaching Prize eight times. In her scholarship, George brings a social science perspective to a range of topics, including judges and courts, judicial selection and elections, legal education and the legal profession, and contract law and theory. She has published numerous studies in which she examines how institutional design influences actions and outcomes in state and federal judicial systems. She is also a recognized expert on the study of legal education. George received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.A. in political science from Washington University. She was a tenured professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Northwestern University before joining Vanderbilt in 2004.

    Suzanna Sherry

    Suzanna Sherry is the Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. Her work focuses on constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. She has earned national recognition for her constitutional scholarship, which includes two books (co-authored with Professor Daniel Farber) — Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law (2008) and Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Search for Constitutional Foundations (2002) — and numerous articles in law journals including the University of Chicago Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Supreme Court Review.
    Professor Sherry has co-authored three casebooks (in Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, and Constitutional History) as well as Civil Procedure Essentials for students. In addition to teaching Civil Procedure, for which she has won the first-year teaching prize, she also introduces incoming law students to the study of law during a one-week intensive course at the start of their first semester. She has taught a variety of other classes, both first-year and upper-level, and has presented lectures to federal and state judges, lawyers, law clerks, and state legislators.
    After graduating from law school, Professor Sherry clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, and then served as an associate with the law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000 as the inaugural holder of the Cal Turner Chair, having previously served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty since 1982 where she was the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law. She was named to the Herman O. Loewenstein Chair in Law in 2006. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Society for Legal History and Phi Beta Kappa.

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