you had no open book exams? that's rough. Most of my exams have been full open book, and for most of them commercial outlines were permitted. My rule is open book means I bring a library to that exam. I don't care what anyone thinks.
I agree that no one should be criticized for any reading or preparation they do over the summer. But I do recommend keeping it on the downlow.Prepping might also help a student get bad habits out of the way early on, like briefing cases. Everyone eventually stops briefing cases, that's why it helps to break the habit before the real stuff begin. I used that first week in law school - what do they call it, legal process? - to do everything the law school way. Then I was able to ditch it quickly with my real assigments. Let me make one suggestion about Law Student Confidential - don't do the multiple highlighter thing. It's too much frustration, and all you get it out of it is an eight pound coloring book. It was a good idea for the pre-laptop era. In this century, you should be taking notes on your laptop.
I want to read as much as I can, but I also want to study smart (I'm such an Atticus Falcon protege).
I just ordered PLS2 to see what all the hype is about. The orginal poster looks apparently like a promoter for the book. From all accounts Atticus is a real jerk. Regardless I am unfortunately going to see if I can find anything useful out of the book. I have already taken a Law Preview class which I found very helpful. Most of my friends in law school have told me to relax this summer, and do some reviewing if needed.Quote from: bkbk5 on June 15, 2005, 01:14:50 PMI want to read as much as I can, but I also want to study smart (I'm such an Atticus Falcon protege).
I totally agree with you. From all accounts, the first year (and first semester, in particular) are extremely difficult. Anything I can do to hedge myself against getting my ass kicked this fall is worth it! Despite some of the critisims on this (and other) threads about PLS-2 and its prep schedule, almost everyone I talk to who has seriously followed it has done well. Some are transferring to Georgetown this fall, and some are in the top of their class at top-20 schools. You CAN'T argue with that! At the end of the day, it all comes down to grades. If you want to get a job after the next 3 years, YOU MUST perform in law school (especially during 1L). If PLS-2 can help me prepare for my top performance, then God Bless Atticus Falcon.
Your professor is the audience when you write your exams. Also talk to 2Ls and 3Ls who had your professors. If you want to talk to the 2Ls and 3Ls who had your professors and did well then talk to the ones who are members of your school's law review.
Finally what works for one person might not work exactly for you but there's no reason why you can't change things around a bit.
This may seem like a dumb question, but how do you go about determining who is on law review and who isn't? I mean, it would be rude to go around asking, "Hey, are you on Law Review?", especially considering that it is against "law school etiquette" to discuss grades and the like (source: LSC, et al.). The only other thing I can think of would be to "barge" into the Law Review office at your school and start asking people questions. Of course, I'm exaggerating a little. Both of these approaches could be done more politely, but I'm sure you get the gist of my question/concern.Quote from: jdohno on June 17, 2005, 10:04:28 PMFinally what works for one person might not work exactly for you but there's no reason why you can't change things around a bit. One more question - this one is in regard to this quote. You stated earlier that one essentially needs to follow LEEWS exactly how it is supposed to be followed, or else it will/might not work. This is not consistent with the quote above. To speak in LSAT terms - resolve the paradox for me please.