« on: February 25, 2008, 07:16:14 AM »
I haven't read beyond the first post, but given the typical 0L freaking out I believe the following comments are appropriate:
DON'T STRESS OUT ABOUT 0L PREP!!!!!
Law School Confidential is right that you should get yourself in shape (law school is the most sedentary experience of my life). It is also right that you should get your stuff in order so you don't have to do it later--e.g. furniture, files, forms, etc. But most importantly, enjoy your last summer of freedom.
I'm not sure where you're going, but I can share my experiences with Columbia. Most people did not do a lot of prep. We have a nice setup, though, where we gradually get phased into classes. In August, everyone is taking a full time pass/fail "legal methods" course that introduces everyone to thinking about law, reading cases, doing briefs, understanding statutes and regulations, and taking exams. It helps get everyone up to speed before the stuff that counts. Once classes start, people are pretty laid back and cooperative so it isn't like you need to start gunning now to get the A. The point is, you don't need to prepare especially here.
Once classes start, you will want to get and read supplements. But you probably should wait until you have a chance to get to school, see your syllabus, talk to past students, etc. before deciding what is worthwhile.