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Studying law and taking classes is a little different from the typical undergraduate experience.  Below, you'll find some links that I am beginning to put together to dull any incurred pains.  

Applying to law school

The most obvious part is that you will need to take the LSAT (online timer for help).  If you do well enough, you will need to sign up for the LSDAC, an online clearinghouse for law school applications.  There are tips online (about how to break a 160) and there is even a dedicated LSAT blog.  You might choose to take a course from a test prep company or study on your own.  There are a number of great LSAT prep books that you could use, including the infamous PowerScore LSAT Bibles that you should use with the previous actual LSAT PrepTests from LSAC.

Rankings: U.S. News,, Top 50 Law School Blogs

Taking classes

In a law school class that I took (Land Use Regs at FSU), I was one of two (out of about 70) students that was using pen and paper instead of a laptop.  Note-taking is different in law school, regardless of the medium you use.  Lectures styles are also quite opposite from what you may have experienced.  The Socratic style and hypotheticals attempt to push your reasoning to extremes as the professor shows you how to think like a lawyer.  A successful student should develop good note-taking and understand the style of lecture, hopefully before entering the first day of class.  Besides reviewing the previous links, also consider these areas:

"What every law student really needs to know: An introduction to the study of law" by George and Sherry.
"How to read a legal opinion: A guide for new law students" by Orin S. Kerr in The Green Bag.   The article offers a very general overview of the legal system and classes.  A good first intro to see if you're interested in going forward.
"How to brief a case" from CUNY.

Job Market: Advice on Getting a Law Teaching Job from PrawfsBlawg, AALS
Salaries: Faculty Salaries, Earnings article from National Jurist


Legal writing and research is a specialized skill.  To outline the rules about writing case briefs and their format, you should consult the Bluebook (online guide and a user's guide) for any basic legal citations.   

Research: LexisNexis (FSU library proxy link), WestLaw