Books & Materials
How to Apply
How to Get Into the Top Law Schools, 5th edition
by Richard Montauk
The author of a popular book about applying at MBA programs here gives similar advice for students interested in law school. This book discusses the decisionmaking involved in picking a law program, and offers concrete strategies about putting together a well-rounded law school application. Some specific discussion of LLM programs.
Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice
by Donald Asher
Draft-by-draft account of how to write an admissions essay directed to a general audience of prospective graduate students. Contains sample essays and broad discussions about the entire application process.
How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School
by Richard J. Stelzer
Now in its third edition, this is a focused and concise guide to writing your personal statement, including example essays and insights from admissions officers from some of the most sought-after postgraduate academic programs in the United States.
ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools
Edited by Wendy Margolis, Bonnie Gordon, Joe Puskarz, and David Rosenlieb
Annual guide published by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) featuring all the programs approved by the
American Bar Association (ABA) in the United States.
(amazon.com) - (amazon.co.uk) - (amazon.de)
Ultimate Guide to Law Schools
This step-by-step guide includes: -- How to choose the right program -- A look inside the country's top five law schools -- Putting together the application, test scores, essays and recommendations -- Profiles of every U.S. law school.
The Best 167 Law Schools, 2012 Edition
Provides rankings based on student surveys, as well as student quotations about classes, professors, social scenes, and more. Also includes an index of all the school featured with the most pertinent facts on each.
Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students
by Nadia E. Nedzel
Offers broad coverage and skill-building exercises for legal research and writing courses geared toward LL.M. students who are either unfamiliar with U.S. law, or who are still in the process of mastering English, or both.
Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or a Ph.D
by Robert Peters
Written by a former Stanford biology graduate student, this book gives an anecdotal and straightforward treatment of some of the “universal“ topics that concern potential graduate students in almost any discipline, including applying, choosing schools and advisers, and navigating the politics of higher education.
The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure
by John A. Goldsmith, John Komlos, Penny Schine Gold
An introductory overview of academic life, from the initial decision to apply to graduate school through to the life of a tenured faculty member. Three US scholars discuss the challenging and rewarding aspects of a career in academia.
Times Good University Guide 2012
by Andrew Hindmarsh and Bernard Kingston
The London Times newspaper has been publishing its famous listings of the UK’s top university programs and courses since the early 1990’s. The annual book includes annual tables and rankings of British universities in dozens of different subjects, as well as includes sections of advice and profiles of the country’s major universities.
By George E. Edwards
An Indiana University professor guides prospective LL.M. students interested in US law schools through the process of deciding whether to do an LL.M. and choosing a program, as well practical issues like funding and immigration.
by Thomas Lundmark
This German-language guide aims to help students to choose and get into the right LL.M. program - it describes the perfect application, lists numerous accredited LL.M. programs, weighs pros and cons of an LL.M. Degree, discusses timing and main criteria for choosing the perfect program and gives details on financing, job opportunities and much more.
by Steffi Balzerkiewicz, Martin Heckelmann, and Daniel Voigt
A focused, German-language guide that includes practical information about applications, funding, and the variety of programs available in Germany and abroad. The authors (all German lawyers who have studied abroad) also discuss the value of an LL.M. degree, as well as possible alternatives. The second half of the book is comprised of reports from former LL.M. students and portraits of nearly two dozen major law firms.
Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays
by Mary Campbell Gallagher
In-depth advice and essay-writing strategies, with 80 actual questions from state Bar exams.
The Bar Exam in a Nutshell
by Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus
This book provides practical advice on the Bar Exam for those who are preparing for the test. Sample situations, questions, and test-taking tips are also included.
Please note that inclusion of books and materials on this list is not an official endorsement from LLM-GUIDE. If you know of useful LLM related materials that should be included on this list, please let us know about them!