I honestly would be wary about heeding the advice of posters who say 'relax and have a good time'. It just goes to show where their priorities are. My guess is that these individuals went straight from undergrad to law school, but i can only speculate.
ur burnout argument is baseless. obviously u have no idea what ur talking about. ur argument rests on the false assumption that law school is like the practice of law. the reason burnout happens is because law school is A LOT MORE INTENSIVE THAN THE PRACICE OF LAW. in law school, u have memos, outlining, oral arguments to prepare for, all while still preparing for class which takes 4 -5 hours a night. i could go on, but im just f'n beat from all the work law school is throwin at me.
Different things work for different people. I have done very well so far in law school, and did nothing to prep for it. If your goal is to get great grades and parlay that into a good attorney position, then I strongly feel reading excessive amounts of material before starting law school is superfluous. All law schools operate differently and all Profs teach different material in different ways and expect different things from exams. The best way to achieve this is simply doing the work while in law school. Many people I know suffered greatly because they relied too heavily on commercial outlines which generalize the law into black letter rules.
Mary, I'm a pre-1L also...I haven't been to LS yet, but I can tell you what I've been reading in my spare time. Planet Law School II- I have been reading bits and pieces from it for about 2 months. It explains a lot about how to prep without driving yourself nuts. It is like 900 pages and you have to order it online but I think it is a good book so far.Slaying the Law School Dragon- I have only read a couple of chapters so far. What I like about this book is that it gives you cases and explains step-by-step how to read, understand, and brief them. Law School for Dummies- This sounds ridiculous, but it has a lot of useful tips in it and it is a laid back approach to prepping. Still seriously helpful, takes you from pre-class all the way to finding a job.Just PurchasedLaw 101- This books describes itself as a "everyman" type of legal reference book, the kind that was designed for joe schmo to learn something easily. I figured I would check it out because I want to know the basics about each of the first year classes without getting too deep. If joe schmo can read it then I (as a 0L) probably should.Legal Writing in Plain English-Haven't even opened it yet, can't tell you too much about it. It does look competent in teaching you how to write the way your profs are going to expect...or else I wouldn't have purchased it.I have a lot of outline books, nutshell stuff, and the sparknotes "cheat sheets". I was fortunate enough to have an uncle who just graduated from LS 2 years ago. He gave me all his stuff, except for the stuff he still uses. I have all the Barbri tapes and I occasionally listen to them on long drives. I'm not getting in too deep, just reading when I have a few moments between school work and things I do for fun.
Hi,I've read PLS II and was planning to get a couple of the others you mentioned.What I was actually asking was what texts/supplementals would people recommend for all the 1L courses? e.g., Torts, Property, etc.