you said you prepped with a book called PLS? what exactly is that, and did it help? you said you got b+ in all classes....
Planet Law School. It's a book about law school. Basically the author thinks the secret to doing well in law school is to prep before school even starts by reading and working through problems in E&E study guides. I decided to do a little experiment and prep for CivPro and not prep for any other classes. I tried it and it didn't help, as you see, since I got the same grade in classes where I didn't prep as the one where I did. Here's why:
a) Your teacher will likely spend more time on some topic that is only glossed over or not discussed in the study guide. Prepping won't help you with respect to these topics.
b) Your teacher will probably focus on a certain aspect of a topic covered in the study guide that is not discussed in the study guide. Again, prepping doesn't help.
c) You forget what you've prepped.
d) Prepping doesn't help you make a good outline. Having a good outline you've made yourself is pretty important to doing well.
e) This isn't what the E&E is meant to do. It's not meant to give you an overview of the law; it's meant to supplement and clarify topics that were discussed in class, but are still unclear.
f) Most importantly, prepping doesn't at all help you write a superior exam. Law school grades are 100% based on the final exam. It's not about what or how much you know, but how well you write the exam. Learning about summary judgment or something in the June before isn't going to result in a better-written exam. The E&E doesn't show you how to write a good exam answer because the problems are too easy and too short, whereas law school exam questions are long and don't have a clear right answer.
Basically, I don't know if there is a fool-proof way to get straight A's in law school, at least not at a top school like CLS. I concede that prepping may work at a low-ranked school, I don't know. But I'd say there are ways to ensure you do reasonably well and don't end up at the bottom of the curve.