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Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student - A Review

Updated on September 15, 2012
Cover of Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student
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Have you ever heard of the Ivy Briefs? If you're a pre-law student, you may have a clue as to what it is. If you aren't planning on a future in law though, or if you've just begun the process, then you probably have no clue what this book is all about. From graduating college to taking the LSAT and going off to law school, Martha Kimes has a lot going through her mind. Will she get into the ivy league school she's been hoping for? Is she going to be able to handle the work load and get all of that reading done each and every night? Will she be able to pass her finals, make the law review, win her moot trial, or even graduate? Until you read the story, you'll just have to hope for the best.

What Made This Book Work?

This book was an absolute favorite of mine. Not many books leave me with that feeling that I'll want to re-read them. This book did however, and I can't wait to read it again some day. It was absolutely thrilling in the way in which Martha dealt with the struggles of law school. After reading this book, I not only feel more sure of going to law school after my undergrad education, but I feel more confident in my ability to be prepared for the challenges of law school. This book is an absolute inspiration.

Another great thing about this book is that it was written by a woman. Many of the law school memoirs that I've found in my search are by men. In fact, this is the only one that I've found so far that isn't. Another wonderful aspect of this book in particular is that its newer than many other books out there. While many things have still changed since Martha's time in law school, it still a much closer fit to today's law school experience than many older books.

Who Do You Get to Meet?

What kind of people will you get to meet in this book? You'l be introduced to the "sadistic professor," who uses the socratic method to induce fear in the new law school students. Then you'll find the "gunner," you know, the Hermione Granger of law school. He always has his hand up and is always trying to make you look dumb. Then there are those odd law students, the "do-gooders," who come in trying to believe that they aren't there it for the money. Then you have the stuck up "boarding school bastard" who didn't have to pay a thing to go because of his parents money and connections.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is perfect the future law student. It gives you a realistic view into the termoils of the law school system. From the socratic method professor to the one who seems too good to be true, you'll be given a good insight into the ways in which your teachers will not only teach you but also test you. You'll also have a good understanding of what other students may try to do to throw you off your game.

What if you're not a pre-law student? Even if you aren't a pre-law student, or even considering going into law school in the future, you should still read this book. It's a wonderful read, and each chapter leaves you wanting more.

No matter what kind of student you are, or even not a student at all, you should consider getting a copy of this book, or finding it at a library. You won't be disappointed after you've read it, and every page turn you'll be hoping for the best for Martha.


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