All these people that are busting their balls over the summer to prep for law school are out of their minds... one of two things will happen: a) they'll burn out and @#!* up in their first term, or b) they'll do awesome.
I'm not taking the risk of teaching myself stuff that will screw me over later on because I didn't learn it right.
I've heard from several law school deans and professors that law school is about teaching you how to THINK like a lawyer... putting you in a legal mindset. Reading casebooks and prep books on your own over the summer isn't going to help--in my opinion.
Also, I know I have a job either way, no matter how I do in law school, so I'm gonna give it my best and if I do bad, then so be it. For now, I'm working in a firm making money to pay for living expenses, and the rest of the time I'm going to chill and possibly read Law School Confidential (the author went to Penn Law, so I'm hoping it'll provide some insight).
My overall advice: take it easy. enjoy the summer.
I guess my fear is that I won't be there best... yeah, I'm one of those. I do set high expectations for myself.
I just know that coming out of undergrad I was worn out and hated the idea of doing anything school related. I wanted my summer to be fun. Which, because of my job, it's just been an annoyance. But I need the money to pay my rent before my loan dispurses.
I guess I just read all these thread about kids who are studying their ass off this summer, and even one's who are deffering their acceptance to spend more time preparing!!
I know law school is competitive. And I'm really just a nice person; I don't like angry confrontation. I figured by not over preparing and seeming like a "know-it-all" I wouldn't make any enemies. But really... am I just setting myself up for disappointment... or worse, failure??