The Bowen Student Affairs Office generously provides all deposited students with free resources to prepare for law school.
The first resource, Expert Learning for Law Students, is an integral part of the Bowen Expert Skills Training (BEST) Program. Used at more than 40 law schools across the country, this book, authored by Bowen’s Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz, is designed to help entering students build the analytical skills necessary to succeed during law school and law practice. Students will have a quiz on the book on the first day of First Week and will be part of your grade for your Professionalism and the Work of Lawyers Course. Students are also encouraged to share Chapter 17 of the book with their family and friends to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with a law student.
The second resource, Core Grammar for Lawyers, is an online, self-directed learning tool designed to help law students acquire the grammar and punctuation skills that are prerequisites to successful legal writing. Core Grammar for Lawyers will be used in the Summer Writing Preparation Course as well as the first-year Legal Writing and Research classes.
The resources will be mailed out to deposited students in early June of the summer before they start law school.
Below is a list of resources that may be helpful for law students to be familiar with upon entering law school.
- A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
- An Introduction to Legal Reasoning by Edward H. Levi
- Painless American Government by Jeffrey Strausser
- The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal