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Summer Reading

The following is a list of suggested readings for all incoming LL.M. students:

  • The Law faculty expects that you will understand the basics of the American legal system and be prepared to read and brief cases before the start of regular law school classes. While the 10 day Introduction to US Law class will provide you with a good overview of the US Legal System, we would also recommend you read United States Department of State, Outline of the U.S. Legal System (2004) especially the following:

1. Introduction and Chapter 1;

2. Chapter 2;

3. Chapter 3 through page 63;

4. Chapter 5 through page 96; and

5. Chapter 6 through page 131

  • Ruth Ann McKinney, Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert, Carolina Academic Press, 2005.
  • Ruth Ann McKinneyKatie Rose Guest Pryal,  Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Press 2011)
  • Andrew J. McClurg, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School, Thomson West, 2009.
  • William Burnham,  Introduction to the Law and Legal Systems of the United States (West 2011)

Additional Resources:

  • Helene S. Shapo, Marshal S. Shapo,  Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success (Foundation Press 2009)
  • Toni M. Fine, American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide  (LexisNexis 2008)
  • Herbert N. Ramy, Succeeding in Law School, (Carolina Academic Press, Second Edition, 2010)
  • Lynne Truss,  Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (Gotham 2006)
  • William Strunk and E.B. White,  The Elements of Style (4th Edition) (Allyn & Bacon 2000)