April 14, 2014 | Volume XXI, Issue 14

Student Writing Book on How to Tackle Law School

Published: January 21st, 2008

Category: Feature, News

Adam Losey While University of Florida Levin College of Law student Adam Losey balances a full class load and responsibilities as a Florida Law Revieweditor, he is also spending his time in law school writing a book to help future law students.

The second-year law student from Winter Park, Fla., is co-authoring the self-help book, The Path More Traveled, with his high school friend and UF Law alumnus Francisco Ferreiro (JD 06) in hopes to educate students who are contemplating attending law school. The book delves into issues that are crucial for students to consider before attending law school, he said.

The book’s six chapters will cover subjects including whether to go to law school, how to tackle the LSAT, how to choose a law school, what to do while attending law school and how then to get a job once it’s over.

Losey’s firsthand knowledge for the book is derived from many of his past experiences. Prior to law school, Losey taught the LSAT for Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions for more than two years. This was his first job that put him into the position to help students who were applying to law school. Losey was looking for a challenge, and as a result, he decided to attend law school.

After being accepted to approximately a half dozen law schools but being denied by the Levin College of Law despite scoring in the 90 percentile on the LSAT and graduating from the University of Florida cum laude, Losey decided to forgo the other law schools’ offers. As a graduate from the University of Florida, Losey knew there was no other place he wanted to be more.

Losey’s uses his personal struggle with the admissions process to offer students further advice. Losey learned that the application process was more than just numbers, which is an important point he highlights in the book. “It was a mistake to rely on my grades and LSAT score,” he said. “Students get too focused on numbers—it’s a package deal.”

During his year off from school, Losey appealed to the admissions committee regarding his denied application and worked in the College’s Center for Career Services. It was in this office where he helped law students find jobs upon graduation. With his book, Losey hopes to help prepare students for the process of job searching.

Losey also gained experience as a law clerk for the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and as a summer law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett (JD 75). Losey will continue gaining hands-on experience while serving as a summer associate at Foley & Lardner LLP in Winter Park, Fla.

Losey felt the need to write a book to assist students who are overwhelmed in their application process and educate them of what to expect of law school. He also felt the need for a recent, pragmatic and non-technical approach for students to utilize throughout the process.

Losey developed the idea of writing a book after he was accepted to law school and was inundated with requests from students for his insight into law school. Losey originally created the book’s Web site www.pathmoretraveled.com to be left alone from the plethora of continuous questions from students.

Losey created this innovative website in eight hours. The ease of writing the website was attributed to the advice being second nature to him. “It’s stuff I’ve said a thousand times to friends and students,” he said.

Losey soon realized that he could easily write a book that would continue to help students to decide if law school is right for them. “If you take a path in life that you are suited for, it’ll be a much smoother ride,” he said.

Even though Losey began writing The Path More Traveled in the beginning of January, he expects the book to be complete in about a year. Losey hopes that the broad range of readers challenge their assumptions and gain the information they need to make their own educated decision to make their lives better. “Much of this boils down to the fact that if you enjoy doing what you are doing, you will likely do well,” he said.

Losey’s fast-pace nature and stay-busy attitude is fueled by lots of caffeine provided by his Starbucks espresso machine. “I enjoy being busy,” he said. “Some of the best race cars don’t idle well.”

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