Guides to College, Law School and Life

guide to college, guide for college students, graduation gifts,guide for law students, short and happy guide, guide for lawyers Paula Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law and a Professor of Law and Political Science at Barnard College, has been acclaimed as one of the "best law teachers in the United States" ("What the Best Law Teachers Do," Harvard University Press 2013). She is the creator of the much praised Short and Happy Guide book series (West Publishing) and is the author of "A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student" and "A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student." She has appeared in and on media throughout the country, including the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, NPR, Court TV, CBS NY News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Ledger and The Record. PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF THESE TWO BOOKS WILL BE DONATED TO FUND PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIPS.

Professor Paula Franzese Showcased at Northwestern Law: What the Best Law Teachers Do

what the best law teachers doProf. Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, was showcased at a recent conference at Northwestern University School of Law on What the Best Law Teachers Do. The conference, attended by hundreds of professors from across the globe, featured a presentation and demonstration of Prof. Franzese’s “teaching magic” in the classroom. A new book names Prof. Franzese one of only 26 “best law teachers” in the United States. The book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013), is the culmination of a four-year study that sought to identify extraordinary law teachers. The study details the attributes and practices of professors who have a significant, positive, and long-term effect on their students. What the Best Law Teachers Do describes Prof. Franzese as a “dazzlingly effective law teacher” who fuses rigor and compassion in the classroom. Deemed an inspiring role model to students, Prof. Franzese  “consciously and carefully prepares students to practice law, devotes herself to helping her students grow as people and as future lawyers, and mentors her students, helping them find jobs and make career choices, even long after the students have graduated.” According to Prof. Gerald Hess, one of the book’s authors, “All of the teachers we studied are regarded as being among the most rigorous professors at their law schools who have high expectations of every student, yet they also are known for their kindness to their students. They foster self-confidence in their students and inspire in them a belief that they are capable of great things.  They get to know their students as people and manifest caring and respect for their students. These teachers model hard work, creativity, and humility.”

T h e B a r E x a m

T h e  B a r  E x a mThe experience of preparing for and sitting for the bar exam represents a rite of passage and a bleak chapter in every new lawyer’s lifetime. Fortunately, the process is temporary. This too shall pass, and so will you. Thereafter, trust that the rewards will come. Throughout the process of studying, remind yourself often of all... Read More »

How to Find Your Career Path

How to Find Your Career PathYou do not need to know what you want to do. Uncertainty is your greatest ally. Use it to stay receptive to all opportunities. Maybe you know your desired career path. But it is more likely that you don’t. Whether you have an idea of what you would like to do or not, remain open... Read More »

Excerpt in preLaw Magazine, ‘You are going to be a Lawyer. Be excited and feel proud.’

Excerpt in preLaw Magazine, ‘You are going to be a Lawyer. Be excited and feel proud.’The Spring 2014 edition of National Jurist’s preLaw magazine, a leading news source for those considering or applying to law school, features an excerpt from Professor Paula Franzese’s book, “A Short Happy Guide to Being a Law Student.” The excerpt, from the chapter entitled: You are going to be a Lawyer. Be excited and feel... Read More »

Know Your Worth

Know Your WorthKnow Your Worth, excerpted from Paula A. Franzese, “A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student” (West, 2014). Remember that you are not what you are called. You are what you answer to. Inequities persist. All –isms, or systems of advantage based on some fixed characteristic, plague the educational system and the workplace... Read More »

Ten Ways to Make Wise Choices in School, at Work and in Life

Ten Ways to Make Wise Choices in School, at Work and in LifeTen Ways to Make Wise Choices in School, at Work and in Life, excerpted from Paula A. Franzese, “A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student” (West, 2014). In school, at work and in life, you will be the sum total of the choices you make. Here is an important set of do’s... Read More »

Paula Franzese on CBS NY News: ‘Mom, Professor Pens Books on Going off to College, Law School’

Paula Franzese on CBS NY News: ‘Mom, Professor Pens Books on Going off to College, Law School’Professor Paula Franzese appeared on CBS News New York in a feature interview with Anchor Diane Macedo. The video can be found below. Both the video interview and the article which accompanies the story highlight Professor Franzese’s books,  “A Short Happy Guide to Being a College Student” and “A Short Happy Guide to Being a... Read More »

Excerpt from ‘A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student’

Excerpt from ‘A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student’This is a book of messages that I have shared with my students over the past three decades. I am a law professor and public interest lawyer, and I teach Property, Commercial Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and First Amendment Values. Inspired by the generosity and kindness of my students, I also teach about... Read More »

Excerpt from ‘A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student’ Chapter One

Excerpt from ‘A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student’ Chapter OneChapter One: “If You Are Lucky Enough to Be in School, Be Excited and Feel Proud” By Paula A. Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor Law, Seton Hall Law School. This article is excerpted from Prof. Franzese’s new book, “A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student” (West, 2014), available on Amazon and Kindle.... Read More »

A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student

A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law StudentA Daily Companion for School, Work and Life. A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A LAW STUDENT includes: • A primer on how to read a case book • How to be prepared for class • How to use the language of the law to shine in class • How to present a case,... Read More »

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