Even though it's been said before, and ignored repeatedly, you should just relax during the summer leading up to 1L. There is enough stress associated with the first year without adding to it over the summer. Investing serious time reading several law books is not productive for two main reasons: 1) In law school, as in any class, you aren't learning everything there is to know in a subject you are learning what the professor feels like covering. It doesn't make sense grappling the intricacies of contractual conecpts that you may not even cover in class. Different study aids focus on different things and until you are familiar with your profs' style you won't know which one to invest in and utilize effectively. 2) Succes in law school depends on your ability to analyze scenarios and apply the law on an exam. Simply regurgitating legal rules you read over the summer does not improve analysis skills and lead to better grades. Until you start diving into case law and seeing what kinds of in class analyses are emphasized, you won't know how to prepare and study effectively.If you insist on ignoring the relaxation advice and preparing, then jomolungma has the right idea. Just skim stuff to get a basic knowledge of terminology and the workings of the court system (especially civil court because that's from where most of your reading will be taken).
But people, stop putting that d**mn Fooseball post up. It is simply illogical. He suspects a correlation between the suggestion of relaxing before a truly grueling endeavor and people who have messed up priorities and went straight from undegrad to law school? Interesting assumptions...that logic should serve you well in law school. Ladies and gentleman, the next Clarence Thomas!!!
I definitely don't want to waste a summer relaxing and partying!
Quote from: Mary on April 05, 2005, 04:32:37 PMI definitely don't want to waste a summer relaxing and partying!I will say it again and you can look at previous posts from some of us that have some survived. RELAX this summer you will need to store all that energy for the upcomming year. In fact, you may be wasting a lot of time reading these review books when your prof may teach you the law totally different that the review books. Trust me, you will get enough reading and reviewing throughout the year. Go on vacation!
I need $ to go on vacation!