The Guide to Belonging in Law School is the only book of its kind and should be required summer reading before law school. It accomplishes two discrete goals. First, it requires readers to engage in an authentic, rigorous, mini-law school semester involving reading, studying, five Socratic classes (through the connected website), exam preparation, and exam writing. Second, the book provides a foundation for students from marginalized groups to recognize and manage both subtle and explicit barriers that can impede their progress. Law schools should recommend this book to every incoming law student, especially those from groups underrepresented in the profession. Professor McClain is a nationally-recognized expert on inclusiveness and minority student achievement in law school.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Career Guides
Publication Date: 07/09/2020

Russell A. McClain, University of Maryland School of Law


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“The text, which addresses students from diverse backgrounds about to begin law school, offers a “mini-immersion,” in the law school experience with step-by-step instructions on everything from reading a judicial opinion to preparing for exams. Most notable, however, is McClain’s inclusion of tools to help students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession overcome obstacles to thriving in law school.”

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