If you notice, though, every one of the former-students interviewed in Law School Confidential had rocking jobs... and excellent summer positions. In other words, they were the best of the best.
What I am trying to say is that the people who are describing this scary experience were at the top of their class... the kinds of people that might tend to be OCD over things and cause themselves to have a Turow-like 1L experience. I have the feeling the law school is what you make it to be. If you want to stress yourself out totally and be assured you'll do pretty well... you can. If you want to have a more human experience, that is possible as well. The people in LSC, I think, chose the former option... and it seems to have served them well.