« on: February 17, 2009, 08:49:09 PM »
First of all, I want to preface this by saying that before LSD I had never heard the term 'gunner'. I was familiar with the (vaguely congruent) term 'keener' in undergrad, and I definitely fit the bill. I pounded through readings, assignments, and office hours like it was my job - after all, that's sort of how I viewed school. Instead of working for a bonus, I was working for top of the class status.
At the same time, I was one of the most outgoing kids in my program, and I knew and genuinely liked almost all my peers. I'm pretty sure that everyone liked me too, even if I might have seemed like a bit of a 'keener' every now and then.
So this brings me to the big question: why such hate for gunners? It seems somewhat lame that consensus on this issue is so strong that 0Ls already fear that label being applied to them like it is a scarlet letter. What is the problem? I thought law students were all motivated, exceptional students.
Am I missing a key feature of a gunner?