i feel more comfortable prepping a la PLS because i've been out of school for a while and thus my confidence to quickly assimilate is a little low. i have no intentions of being a gunner...just a nerd.
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4. Having done the prep over the summer, you are in a better position once classes start, as you are already familiar with the main ideas. You know what to focus on for exams and you are probably less stressed than everyone else who hasn't a clue what might lay ahead of them.
You honestly think you're going to know what to focus on for exams before you ever step foot in the classroom? That's pretty silly. Every professor is likely to focus on certain things in class that will inevitably show up on the exam, and there's no way in hell you can figure that out before you even start school.
1. He's suggesting that we buy just about everything under the sun just to PREP for LS. I'm not made of money.
2. The book makes it seem like there is absolutely NO WAY to survive law school if you don't follow his advice, but his advice would have me prepping like 24/7 and I don't have that kind of time. I have a job.
3. His view of the classroom experience is less than comforting.
4. What? I'm supposed to do all my assignments and read the 9,000 books he's suggesting and still have time to eat or take a piss? I don't think so.
THAT is what's freaking me out.
I don't know about rejection letters, but -- pre-WS at least -- they are a bitter bunch. I visited Fenway Park last year on a baseball stadium road trip, and the attitudes of many Bostonians was just nasty. It took me longer to get into the spirit of the great Red Sox post-season than it would have before my visit.
Hopefully, they can keep that stick out of their ass for a while.
Yes, PI is competitive...though, not as competitive unless you're applying for one of the really prestigious orgs like ACLU, etc. If you're applying to local agencies, then they're not as competitive.
Paid Summer Fellowships are extremely competitive and rare. NYU had a public interest career fair a couple of months ago and only like 1 or 2 orgs even had paid summer work...most want you to work for free.