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Pre-Law Library

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The pre-law program library holdings are located in the political science department conference room (DC 273A) on the second floor of the DeVos Communication Building. The library collection includes books about the legal profession, the law school experience, legal practice, Christian perspectives on law and more. Catalogues and information from various law schools throughout the United States, as well as LSAT preparation material, are also available. Materials may be utilized in the office and may also be checked out, using the procedures noted in the library area.

  • Books

    The legal profession

    Title Author(s)
    The American Legal Profession
    Christopher P. Banks
    Becoming a Lawyer: A Video Collection
    Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More Alan B. Morrison, Diane T. Chin
    Careers in Law Gary A. Munneke
    The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law Nancy Levit & Douglas O. Linder
    Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
    Lawyers and Fidelity to the Law W. Bradley Wendel
    The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer: Truth, Justice, Power and Greed Richard Zitrin, Carol M. Langford
    The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider's Guide to Every Major Practice Area Lisa L. Abrams
    On Being a Happy, Healthy and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy and Unethical Profession Patrick J. Schiltz
    Recent News & Commentary on the Legal Profession
         Who's Eating Law Firms Lunch?
         What They Don't Teach Law Students: Lawyering
         To Practice Law, Apprentice First
    Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During and After Law School Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky

    Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future Richard Susskind
    24 Hours with 24 Lawyers: Profiles of Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers Jasper Kim
    What Can You Do With a Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside and Around the Law Larry Richard & Tanya Harrison

    Law and legal practice

    Title Source
    Banking and Finance Law Presentation by Jon Van Gorp, 1/8/2013
    Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study Karl N. Llewellyn
    Concept of Law H.L.A. Hart
    Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They matter Lawrence A. Cunningham
    Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage Bryan A. Garner
    Garner on Language and Writing Bryan A. Garner
    Introduction to the Legal System of the United States E. Allan Farnsworth
    Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law Jay Feinman
    Legal Filings Selected course cases
    The Nature of the Judicial Process Benjamin N. Cardozo
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Mitchell Alexander
    The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents Corey Brettschneider
    Pepperdine Law Review Volume 32, No. 2
    Province of Jurisprudence Determined: Legal Treatises, 1800–1926 John Austin
    Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts Antonin Scalia, Bryan A. Garner
    The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Writing Theodore L. Blumberg
    Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Legal Issues M. Ethan Katsh
    Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Introduction to Legal Reasoning Kenneth J. Vandevelde
    Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning Frederick Schauer
    University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Summer 2013
    The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts Bryan A. Garner
    The Winning Oral Argument: Enduring Principles with Supporting Comments from the Literature Bryan A. Garner
    Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathway to Success Phyllis Horn Epstein

    Law school experience & preparation

    Title Author(s)
    Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class Shana Connel Noyes & Henry S. Noyes
    Articles About Law School
         Before They Even Start: Hope and Incoming 1LS
         One L-ow Brick Road
         Helping You Get Ready for the Law
         Law School is Worth the Money
         Applications Fall as Costs Rise & Jobs are Cut
         Drastic Changes in Educating New Lawyers
         Is Law School a Losing Game?
    The Elements of Style William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
    Financing a Legal Education: Investing in Your Future
    Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams Richard Michael Fischl & Jeremy Paul
    Helping You Get Ready for the Law Michigan State University College of Law
    The Language of Law School: Learning to “Think Like a Lawyer” Elizabeth Mertz
    The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert Ann K. Levine
    Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience, by Students for Students Robert H. Miller
    The Law School Gamble: Things You Must Consider Before Placing Your Bet Matthew Marzetti
    Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold Thane Messenger
    Law School Insider: The Comprehensive 21st Century Guide to Success in Admissions, Classes, Law Review, Bar Exams and Job Searches for Prospective Students and Their Loved Ones Jeremy B. Horowitz
    Looking at Law School: A Student Guide from the Society of American Law Teachers Stephen Gillers
    1001 Legal Words You Need to Know: The Ultimate Guide to the Language of Law Jay M. Feinman
    Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go)—But Didn't Know to Ask...And No One Else Will Tell You Atticus Falcon
    Starting Off Right in Law School Carolyn J. Nygren

    Christian perspectives on law

    Title Author(s)
    Biblical Foundations of the Criminal Law Institute for Christian Legal Studies
    Biblical Foundations of Procedural Law Institute for Christian Legal Studies
    Conflict: Its Resolution and the Completion of Creation John Feikens
    Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions Robert F. Cochran, Jr. & David Van Drunen
    The Lawyer's Calling: Christian Faith and Legal Practice Joseph G. Allegretti
    On Being a Christian and a Lawyer: Law for the Innocent Thomas L. Shaffer
    Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession Michael P. Schutt
  • LSAT Testing Materials
    • ABA-LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2008
    • ABA-LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2009
    • ABA-LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2010
    • ABA-LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2011
    • ABA-LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2012
    • Blueprint for LSAT Reading Comprehension (Trent Tedi, Jodi Tedi, Matthew Riley)
    • LSAT 101: Core Concepts (Princeton Review)
    • LSAT 201: Master the Approach (Princeton Review)
    • LSAT 301: Pacing and Refining (Princeton Review)
    • LSAT 401: Advanced Skills (Princeton Review)
    • LSAT Diagnostic Exams (Princeton Review)
    • LSAT Endurance Practice (Kaplan)
    • LSAT Extreme (Kaplan)
    • LSAT Logic Games on Demand (Kaplan)
    • LSAT: Mastery and Training (Kaplan)
    • LSAT Online Companion (Kaplan)
    • LSAT: Ten More Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (Prep Tests 19-28, 1996–1999)
    • LSAT: The Next Ten Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (Prep Tests 29-38, 1999–2002)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2003 (Test 42)
    • Ten Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (Prep Tests 7-18, 1992–1993)
    • Ten New, Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (Prep Tests 52-61, 2007–2010)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2010 (Test 62)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, June 2011 (Test 63)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, October 2011 (Test 64)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2011 (Test 65)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, June 2012 (Test 66)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, October 2012 (Test 67)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2012 (Test 68)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, June 2017 (Test 81)
  • Law School Catalogues
    • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
    • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • Albany Law School, Albany, New York
    • American University, Washington D.C.
    • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Naples, Florida
    • Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas
    • Boston College of Law, Newton, Massachusetts
    • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
    • Cardozo Law at Yeshiva University, New York, New York
    • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Chapman University, Orange, California
    • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Columbia University, New York, New York
    • University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit, Michigan
    • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
    • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
    • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
    • University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan
    • Dickinson Law, Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, PA
    • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • Elon University School of Law, Elon, North Carolina
    • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia
    • George Washington University, Washington D.C.
    • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
    • University of Georgia Law, Athens, Georgia
    • Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
    • Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
    • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
    • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Indiana Tech Law School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon
    • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts
    • Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia
    • Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi
    • Mississippi College of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • New York University, New York, New York
    • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
    • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
    • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • Pace Law School, White Plains, New York
    • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California
    • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
    • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
    • Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
    • Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
    • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey
    • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • University of San Diego, San Diego, California
    • Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
    • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
    • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Southern New England School of Law, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
    • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
    • Stetson Law, Tampa Bay, Florida
    • Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
    • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Wake Forest University, Winton-Salem, North Carolina
    • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
    • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    • Western New England College of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

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