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Pre-Law Library

Calvin's Pre-Law Program Library

The Pre-Law Program Library holdings are located in the Political Science Department Conference Room (Room DC273A) on the second floor of the DeVos Communication Building. Books about the legal profession, the law school experience, legal practice, and Christian perspectives on law, among other topics are included in the library. Catalogues and information from various law schools through the United States, as well as 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.


The Legal Profession

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)

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)

What Can you Do With a Law Degree? A
Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside and Around the Law
(Deborah Arrow)

Law and Legal Practice

Banking and Finance Law
(Presentation by Jon Van Gorp, 1/8/2013)

Biblical Foundations of the Criminal Law
(Institute for Christian Legal Studies)

Biblical Foundations of Procedural Law
(Institute for Christian Legal Studies)

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)

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law
(Jay Feinman)

The Nature of the Judicial Process
(Benjamin N. Cardozo)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
(Mitchell Alexander)

Pepperdine Law Review
Volume 32, No. 2

Pleadings (selected court cases)

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)

Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future
(Richard Sussking)

Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future
(Richard Susskind)

University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
Summer 2003

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)

Law School Experience & Preparation

Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class (Shana Connell Noyes & Henry S. Noyes)

The Elements of Syle
(William Strunk Jr., and 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)

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)

Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During and After Law School
(Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky)

Starting Off Right in Law School
(Carolyn J. Nygren)

Christian Perspectives on Law

Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions
(Robert F. Cochran, Jr. and 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

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

LSAT Logic Games Bible
(David M. Killoran)

LSAT Logic Games on Demand

LSAT: Mastery and Timing

LSAT Online Companion

LSAT: The Big Orange Book of Real LSATs, 2005

Ten More Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests
(Prep Tests 19-28, 1996-1999)

The Next Ten Actual, Official LSAT Prep Tests
(Prep Tests 29-38, 1999-2002)

The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2003
(Test 42)

The Official LSAT Prep Test, June 2004
(Test 43)

The Official LSAT Prep Test, October 2004
(Test 44)

The Official LSAT Prep Test, December 2004
(Test 45)

Preparing for the Law School Admission Test: Preparation Tips, Plan Insights, Resources
(Michigan State University College of Law)

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)



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

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.

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

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

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