I loved my 3L year. I played golf every day and poker every night, and then went to the casino on weekends.
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I don't mean to make too much of this, but for a real lawyer, one strives to do (and be) the best. Really. The very, very best. Not just "good enough," or "that's silly," or "golly isn't this over yet?"
Ya know, I agree with this as a general statement. If the O/P really is trying to nail down a 180, then he is a fool to do anything other than EVERYTHING he can possibly do to nail down that 180. Good for him. I applaud everything about that.
However, a "real" lawyer? I'm struck by a quote by Mark Lanier who said that when he took the bar exam, if he passed by 1 point more than the minimum required, then he studied too much:
However, like anything in life, there comes a point of diminishing returns.
I think that point comes pretty quickly on reading comprehension. If, after four years of college, you need somebody to coach you on reading comprehension, then I sincerely doubt that an elite law school is in your future.
Applying to law school, finishing law school, practicing the law, and basically any other significant endeavor in life will always boil down to managing your finite resources to attain your goal.
So, if you're saying work as hard as you can, do the best that you can, use all the resources at your disposal, I'm right there with you. Right on! Go for it.
the only thing I can see preparation helping you with is logic games.
You only need two books for 0L:
Getting to Maybe; and Law School Confidential.
The ethics portion of the bar exam is far more difficult than the MPRE, so if you are prepared for the bar exam then all you need is familiarity with the MPRE format.
Must be some weird California, Wisconsin, or old-timer thing. ;oP
the MPRE is stupidly easy
... it is foolish to seek a ranking system better than U.S. News. It's not a question of perfection. It's a question of filters. Aside from the fact that U.S. News is the ranking system because it is believed to be that system (a statement that could be said of the legal system as well), it factors in just about every reasonably factor-able factor to be factored. If one disagrees with a specific variable, fine; refigure that according to your preferences. But it won't make a measureable difference on employers.
I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a joke