I took a friend's priceless advice and bought Planet Law School II. I was up until 12:00am last night reading it. I couldn't put it down; it has totally changed my perspective! I knew law school was going to tough, but I had NO IDEA how much I was going to be relying on myself to learn the law. WOW! Talk about an eyeopeing experience last night. I've committed myself to a (modified) PLS2 6-8 week prep course.Anyway, I just purchased Delany's "Learning Legal Reasoning" and next paycheck I'll be purchasing a set of E&E Primers and the LEEWS program. How useful is "Learning Legal Reasoing?" I want to read as much as I can, but I also want to study smart (I'm such an Atticus Falcon protege).So, what is the concensus about Delany's "Learning Legal Reasoning?" and the PLS2 prep schedule?
dude, relax.Planet Law School is a good book, and a good counterpart to Law School Confidential.But all that stuff you are doing before you begin classes won't help a lot. Almost no one takes prep courses before starting, and yet we've done okay. No matter how prepared you are or think you are when you begin in August, the other students will catch up to you soon enough. It's good to some reading about law over the summer, but I don't think any of us would recommend reading casebooks or assignments.I recommend reading books from the recommending summer reading list (if your school, doesn't have one, look at another school's. Most of them have many of the same books), law review and law journal articles from your school, and other law related stuff. And remember, if you do any reading or preparation at all, it will more than most of the other students.
You are entitled to your opinion. But if more law students were aware that prepping in the summer was available or helpful then more people would do it and get higher GPAs then merely doing okay. Prepping is helpful because learning the law is about seeing the black letter law and fact patterns many many times. Estates and Future Interests was pretty manageable and a little fun in school after I struggled through it in the summer when prepping. You don't get the repeated exposure to the law in class and in school you have to do a lot of teaching yourself and studying on your own. Also you are not prepping by reading the casebooks, you are prepping using the E&Es which almost every law school students uses in school. The E&Es do a great job of explaining the law in plain language instead of the chasing the tail spin of the casebooks. By the time, my classmates discovered the E&Es, commerical outlines, etc, it was near exam time and I had been working with the books for about 5 to 7 months before them. I was worried that they had caught up but my concern was unfounded. Aside from the few people who discover the E&Es quickly and work the examples dilgently, I found most people get the study aids too late and then don't use them or use them properly. The summer reading lists are a joke. Schools really like for you to relax and come in unprepared. They also like to give you that line that grades don't matter, etc in orientation and most times it's not until you are studying for your exams or after your grades come back that you are told that grades do matter. It help me very much knowing before I started school that first year grades determine the type of opportunities that you will have and that grades are largely based on exams. You're right prepping is more than what the other law students will do. And that's the great thing about it. While my classmates were struggling to get into their studying or trying to figure out what was going on, I adjusted well to school. I already had a system in place from the summer. After about two weeks of minor adjustments at the beginning of the semester getting used to my professors, I was back on track. Also with the prepping, you have to realize that even though you are learning, for example, the defintion of battery one way, your professor might have a different definition. As long as you are aware that your professor's nuances are what you used on your exams and make the proper adjustments then you're fine. Also there are a few 6 week prep programs given through various law schools that aren't probably really that helpful since they tend to be for borderline candidates. But the fact that they exist suggests that some law schools believe that you can prepare for law school. It depends on your goals. I had to do extremely well this year because I wanted to transfer from my school even before I started. I wanted to do something that would increase the odds in my favor. PLS2 gave me a great starting point and I worked extremely hard and I achieved a great deal. Quote from: lincolnsgrandson on June 17, 2005, 05:05:39 AMdude, relax.Planet Law School is a good book, and a good counterpart to Law School Confidential.But all that stuff you are doing before you begin classes won't help a lot. Almost no one takes prep courses before starting, and yet we've done okay. No matter how prepared you are or think you are when you begin in August, the other students will catch up to you soon enough. It's good to some reading about law over the summer, but I don't think any of us would recommend reading casebooks or assignments.I recommend reading books from the recommending summer reading list (if your school, doesn't have one, look at another school's. Most of them have many of the same books), law review and law journal articles from your school, and other law related stuff. And remember, if you do any reading or preparation at all, it will more than most of the other students.
For some reason, I think you are the author (atticus falcon) going under this alias.
Of course commercial outlines and Examples and Explanations are necessary tools for law school. But I don't think it's such a hot idea to read them over the summer. Prep courses might have helped you. I'm willing to bet that there's no correlation to prep courses and year end grades. I just recommended reading general books about law, like Gideon's Trumpet or A Civil Action, if you're going to read anything in the summer at all. Most students, of course, enter law school as cold as glaciers. And trying to understand stuff like future interests over the summer can be disastrous. It will frustrate most students. You have to wait until you know about your professor, or else you won't know what to concentrate on. For instance, I could tell that my property professor was not going to emphasize future interests or rule against perpetuities on the test. I knew that eminent domain, however, was crucial. So I just kept a chart of future interests with me to the exam, instead of killing my brain trying to understand it. I cannot speak to the merits of summer prep courses, because I don't know any student who did it. What was it like?