I'm sure we have all heard stories of how competitive law school. In reference to your experience, how competitive was it? Was it "cut-throat competitive"
Cut-throat is a very relative term. I've never seen any real-life examples of people "hiding books" or slashing pages out of other books. Simply because if somebody did that, it wouldn't make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Your grade is decided by a 3hr exam at the end of hte semester, not by how well you read all the dusty books in the library.
The "competition" is more fostered by the law school itself. In undergrad you could do your own thing and nobody cared. Athlete, Greek, Student Gov't, Weedhead, Computer Science, it really didn't matter because you were only judge by those who had similar interest.
In law school EVERYBODY is compared against the person next to them. It is never enough to do a good job, because the school is going to point out that somebody else did better.
"You made Mock Trial, congrats! Joe Blow made Moot Court!"
"You made Journal, congrats! Susie Q made Law Review!"
"You made Law Review, congrats! Jimmy McGhee got published!"
"You are in the top quarter of your class, congrats! Jimmy Jack Johnson is Order of the Coif"
It goes on and on and on, to the point where you actually DOUBT how intelligent you really are. You actually think that you are LESS intelligent than your classmates just because you aren't a part of some arbitrary legal publication THAT NOBODY IN THE PROFESSION OF LAW ACTUALLY READS!
Law school is essentially a mind-game. The quicker you realize that, the better you can handle it.