Unequivocally I urge you to chill out and not do any prep work. First, very little of the first year material is about memorization, so your approach is moot. Second, whatever you do memorize you will forget before you start classes - I can attest to this as I study for the bar and have to refresh on topics every week. Third, you have no clue what topics your professor will cover, so you're going about it blindly. Yours is a very very bad idea and mentality to approaching law school. And for God's sake, do not let this side of yourself come out in your personal statements.
2 things that i did OL summer to prep were: 1) doing leews and 2) read the E+Es for all my first year classes. Doing leews in the summer is good because you wont have time during the school year. I think reading the E+Es helped too. I was very happy with my 1st year performance, not sure if it was cause of the prep work but it cant hurt. If nothing else, it will help ease the stress of diving in to the unknown. Plus if you are doing the prep reading and one topic just doesnt make any sense at all, then maybe that will give you an indication of what you should spend most of your time on during the semester. good luck
I am about to begin my 1L, and am also nervous about what to read. I enjoyed Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams, I assume it was a good read, but all of the other books on my schools 'incoming 1L suggested reading list' appear totally worthless. I then read Justice Scalia's book 'A Matter of Interpretation', and am now studying the Emanuel Crunchtime Torts book; I read through it once and am now trying to memorize basic terms and concepts. Am I on the right track with this approach? Are there any particular 'nutshells' which I should look for?
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