I'm at a T20 as well, and I second what T. Durden said. Save for a few people that sit in the back row, everyone has pretty much been on point with their answers. I know class prep. doesn't equate much to exam success and I've been anywhere from top 25 to top 50% on our practice exams, but I'm nevertheless worried about the "competition" on finals.
Kris, I found your post helpful; thanks for sharing. I think telling us your rank helps to put your success perspective. Law school is all about numbers, so it is helpful for you to tell us where you finished.
this is my problem too. i miss undergrad when i could look around the class and know that i'd be getting a better grade than most people because they weren't doing any work. of course i realized that law school would be different, but i also though there'd be a greater percentage of slackers. i was wrong.
on the other hand, we were discussing midterm answers yesterday in class and some of the people who spoke and asked questions had no clue what they were talking about. i know things will be different by finals when everyone becomes a super gunner and lives in the library, but yesterday's class really made me feel that continuous reading/briefing/outlining/study groups have been of signficant beneift. now i just have to start the practice exams...