Why do 0Ls not take Pre-Law Prep courses anymore! Seems like everyone takes a prep course for the SAT and the LSAT. But hardly
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shut up. We can all see past your self advertising. What a stupid female private part.
To further a general interest in controversy, contrarianness, and because : )-
and I are building such a strong rapport, this thread brings to mind (yet another) fun aspect of phychology that builds in law school . . .
I do not know HeatherTopTen, or Hillary McDonald, or whoever was behind the message. Although this is clearly self-promotional (or at least rather self-servingly phrased), this does not make it incorrect. One tendency among law students especially is to misconstrue "critique" as negative only. (Truth be told, in many ways commercial advertising is more honest than much of free speech of the political variety. The key as a thinking person is to challenge the right aspects of either.)
Just because it's self-serving does not mean that it's wrong. This is yet another trap in a law exam.
Her underlying message is quite correct (albeit poorly timed for anyone already in law school). As part of our human nature, it is natural to accept advice that favors a lesser amount of discomfort--such as preparing for law school prior to law school--and of course once in law school, there is a strong and equally self-serving rationale for going along with the herd and then for justifying one's actions (or, more correctly, inaction).
So, for anyone out there not yet in law school, heed the underlying message. (I'm not recommending a private tutor, as that might not be the optimal approach for the majority of impecunious students, is not strictly necessary, and is certainly not the most cost-effective means.) It is
good to find someone who has actually been to law school, and build a relationship in which the silliness that passes for the first year for most law students is avoided. If one has money to burn, trust funds that are simply too much trouble to spend, and ample supplies of spendthriftiness, I'll not be one to say this is a bad idea. Not necessary, but that doesn't make it wrong.
For anyone currently in law school as a 1L, there is a more important truth in the message, however construed, that applies with greater force, and is explored in a thread elsewhere. There are just over two months to prepare for law exams, which ought to be THE focus as of now. For a 1L, this isn't about pre-preparing, but about re-focusing in the right direction. In a few years you'll look back and kick yourself, for a host of reasons. The challenge now is to make that kicking unnecessary.
Good luck to all.