Everyone knows that choosing the right law school supplements is essential to your success in 1L and upper level classes. That’s why I created the ultimate guide to the best law school supplements on the market. In fact, these are the same 1L supplements that I used to ace all of my law school exams.
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Best Law School Supplements
The top law school supplements (1) summarize the relevant black letter law; (2) contain hypotheticals that demonstrate the law in action; and (3) provide thought-provoking questions to help you understand and apply the law.
All of the 1L supplements and upper level supplements available below do just that, and formed the cornerstone of my law school success. They helped me finish 1L at the top of my class, transfer to a T14 law school, and graduate with Latin Honors.
If you want to ace your law school exams you need to do two things well: (1) spot issues; and (2) apply law to fact. If you can’t do that, you won’t ace your exams. These two supplements will help you spot issues, apply law to fact, and ace your 1L exams.
Getting to Maybe — First Edition, by Richard Fischl and Jeremy Paul
How to Do Your Best on Law School Exams — Revised Edition, by John Delaney
Your approach to using law school supplements should be simple: (1) read the relevant section of the E&E or Understanding supplement before class; (2) outline the applicable law and policy; (3) practice the hypos; and (4) make note of your professor’s nuances.
Then, as the semester progresses, use the CrunchTime supplements to fill in any gaps in your knowledge and to prepare for finals.
These are the exact same law school supplements I used to ace my 1L and upper level exams.
Civil Procedure (Examples and Explanations) — Seventh Edition, by Joseph W. Glannon
CrunchTime: Civil Procedure — Sixth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts — Seventh Edition, by Marvin Chirelstein
CrunchTime: Contracts — Sixth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Property (Examples and Explanations) — Fifth Edition, by Barlow Burke
CrunchTime: Property — Fourth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Understanding Criminal Law — Seventh Edition, by Joshua Dressler
CrunchTime: Criminal Law — Fifth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Torts (Examples and Explanations) — Fifth Edition, by Joseph W. Glannon
CrunchTime: Torts — Fifth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies — Fifth Edition, by Erwin Chemerinsky
CrunchTime: Constitutional Law — Fourteenth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Evidence (Examples and Explanations) — Tenth Edition, by Arthur Best
CrunchTime: Evidence — Fifth Edition, by Steven L. Emanuel
Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume One, Investigation — Sixth Edition, by Joshua Dressler
Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume Two, Adjudication — Fourth Edition, by Joshua Dressler
Learn how to survive and thrive in the practice of law. These books will help you navigate firm politics and start your legal career on solid footing.
Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks — Second Edition, by Grover Cleveland
The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law — First Edition, by Mark Herrmann
Biglaw: How to Survive the First Two Years of Practice in a Mega-Firm, or, The Art of Doc Review — First Edition, by Sarah Powell
My legal writing improved by leaps and bounds because of these books, and yours will too. Read them first as a summer associate or law clerk, and then later after you pass the bar.
Legal Writing in Plain English — Second Edition, by Bryan Garner
Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates — Second Edition, by Ross Guberman
Mock trial or real trial, Trial Techniques and Trials by Thomas A. Mauet is my go-to resource. It’s worth its weight in gold.
If you want to argue like one of the best trial lawyers of all time then pick up a copy of Gerry Spence’s classic: How to Argue & Win Every Time.
The right law school supplements will make all of the difference in your law school career. If you put the work in and use these top supplements, you’ll be well on your way to law school success.
P.S. Don’t forget that getting and using the best law school supplements is only half the battle. Check out the best law school outlines for the other half of the equation.