Suggested Summer Reading for 1Ls

Welcome! There are several good books for students preparing for law school. I recommend purchasing a copy of one of the books listed below. All of these books provide good advice for the beginning law student.  Any edition of these books will do, and a used, inexpensive copy will work just fine.

As you read through the book, pay close attention to the portions of the book that discuss law school generally, time management in law school, and reading and briefing cases in law school.  If you have any questions about these books or how to approach the summer reading, please feel free to contact me at or at 401 254-4568.  And be sure to check back to this site in mid-July when I will be posting some additional information about preparing for law school. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

  • 1L of a Ride by Andrew McClurg
  • Succeeding in Law School by Herb Ramy
  • Strategies and Tactics for the First Year Law Student by Emanuel
  • A Thousand Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now by Dennis Tonsing
Close Course Type Descriptions

Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.