For the benefit of a lively debate.....So, as an incoming 1L I have read and posted thoughts about prepping the summer before and getting study aides. Being wise in the world of law school, here are my conclusions. Obviously one can not get casebooks or supplemental casenotes to go along with the keyed casebook until one finds out what his or her specific professor wants. This is a given. I also agree that reading from commercial outlines may be counter productive before 1L starts.
That being said, I have read certain chapters from my E&E's and also have used my laws in a flash cards. Every time I mention this, some 2L goes on a rant as if I am trying to overthrow them in the race for the top of the class (as if 1L's and 2L's were in contest for some prize or job). Now I am not doing a 1 year PLSII prep, but I am doing a 6 week or so brief over view. Reading the basics and beginning chapters in the E&E's and also doing LEEWS. Personally, I have found this very helpful and informative; not to mention feeling more self confident. I have a good general idea of the basic concepts and terms covered in the books so far. When law school starts, I feel my understanding will only enhance. I also have been doing practive via LEEWS and find my writing becoming more organized every time. I feel that there is nothing wrong with relaxing, yet also prepping and preparing as 1L approaches.
2L's fireback when ready.....
I don't think there is anything wrong with what you are doing. Each person needs to do what they feel is necessary, but about your idea of building confidence. Law professors are about to spend the next 32 weeks (both semesters) trying to destroy your confidence so they can rebuild you into something harder. Wow that sounds like an add for the Army or Marines. Anyway, I got an interesting email from my advocacy professor a few weeks ago where he was dicussing how the advocacy course works. He essentially summed it up by stating, "We will spend the next 16 weeks trying to build your confidence in public speaking and appearing before a court. It is the least we can do for spending the past 2 years destroying your confidence." This to me sums up 1L. Do they teach that in prep courses?