Besides, like about 95 percent of the people planning to go to law school, I'm a complete Type A personality.
This illustrates an important point: whether you "should" read prep materials during the summer before LS depends totally on your personality. If (like me) you're the kind of person who becomes more
stressed by not preparing, then by all means go ahead and read all you want. (Some suggestions follow.) If, by contrast, you're the kind of person who gets stressed by any mention of LS before the first day of classes, then just take it easy. I had classmates who did that and ended up with grades as good as mine.
So . . . IF
you plan to read prep materials, here are a few suggestions:
- The Complete Law School Companion
, by Jeff Deaver. This is a little dated, but it has a good plan of attack for Type As.
- Getting to Maybe
, by Rich Fischl and Jeremy Paul. How to take LS exams. I wish I had read this as a 1L.
- One L
, by Scott Turow. Though this is about 30 years old now, it still gives the best overview of what LS is like. But keep in mind that it's extremely
- Civil Procedure: Examples and Explanations
, by Joseph Glannon. Try this one only if you're very ambitious and/or anal. This is an excellent hornbook that 1Ls have relied on for over a decade.