Lawyers I worked for just said be nice to everybody, because you never know when someone in your class that you were male private part to will end up being a judge or have the decision to hire you somewhere. There really is no point to making enemies.
His comments and your comments are not inconsistent. You're just perhaps destined to be one of the "truly good people" he mentioned. I think the main point is that a) most people don't know how they'll react, b) nobody says "I'm going to go to law school and be an obnoxious, competitive ubertool," c) some people inevitably do, and d) it's pretty much the same story at every school.EDIT: I'll also add that many of the people who reach stage C have no idea they've done so. Some of the biggest gunners at our school have complained to me about the other gunners.
* * * It really make absolutely no sense to be a male private part, but there were a few people that just isolated themselves and were mean to people that asked them for help. Those three people did not even end up on the Dean's list so a lot of good it did them. Obviously, the competitive edge is and should be there for anyone considering law school, but if you think being a male private part will help you out in anyway well it won't.