Incoming Students

Suggested summer activities


Incoming students often ask what they can do now to prepare for law school.  Our advice is to enjoy the summer because you will work very hard in law school. 

Incoming law students often ask whether there is anything they should read before starting law school.  Certainly, there is no one thing, but we’ve compiled a list of books and articles that have been recommended by faculty over the years—some are classics, some are brand new, and they range from New Yorker magazine articles to blog posts to novels to some heavy doctrinal works.  It is entirely up to you.  We’ll send the list out soon.

For now, you might take a look at:

  • “How to Read a Legal Opinion,” http://www.volokh.com/files/howtoreadv2.pdf, recommended by Professor Lee Kovarsky of our faculty
  • Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success, by Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo, recommended by Professor Susan Hankin of our faculty
  • What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law, by Tracey George and Suzanna Sherry
  • A Civil Action, by Jonathan Harr
  • Tomorrow’s Lawyers, An Introduction to Your Future, by Richard Susskind, recommended by Dean Phoebe Haddon and others on our faculty

Some students have inquired about attending a summer preparation program prior to starting law school.  Although we do not recommend or promote any particular program, we are pleased to tell you that Lexis-Nexis has made scholarships available for the Law Preview program.  These scholarships are available to eligible students who will attend the University of Maryland Carey School of Law this fall.  To learn more, visit www.lawpreview.com/scholarships.  The deadline to apply is May 15.


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