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Pre-Law Library

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The pre-law program library holdings are located in the HH 451 office suite on the top floor of Hiemenga Hall. The library collection includes books about the legal profession, the law school experience, legal practice, Christian perspectives on law and more. LSAT preparation material is 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: Myths and Realities of Practicing Law
    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
    The Districts: Stories of American Justice from the Federal Courts Johnny Dwyer
    Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage Bryan A. Garner
    Garner on Language and Writing Bryan A. Garner
    Incomprehensible: How our Legal System Encourages Incomprehensibility, Why it Matters, and What We Can do About It Wendy Wagner and Will Walker
    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
    Litigation Nation: A Cultural History of Lawsuits in America Peter Charles Hoffer
    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
    Punishing Poverty: How Bail and Pretrial Detention Fuel Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System Christine S. Scott-Hayward and Henry F. Fradella
    Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts Antonin Scalia, Bryan A. Garner
    Reconsidering Judicial Finality: Why the Supreme Court Is Not the Last Word on the Constitution Fouis Fisher
    The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Writing Theodore L. Blumberg
    Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Legal Issues M. Ethan Katsh
    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
    Conversion and the Rehabilitation of the Penal System: A Theological Rereading of Criminal Justice Andrew Skotnicki
    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, 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 Timing Practice (Kaplan)
    • LSAT Online Companion (Kaplan)
    • LSAT: The Next Ten Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests (Prep Tests 29-38, 1999–2002)
    • PowerScore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible (David Killoran, Jon Denning)
    • The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2003 (Test 42)
    • 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)

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