I agree that law school is about getting an edge but AT MINIMUM, you need to do what the average student is doing (which includes using supplements).[/quote]
This is overstating the case. What "you need to do" is understand what the points the professor is trying to get across in class and apply the patterns of reasoning derived therefrom to different fact patterns. I got good grades in several courses in which I did not use supplements or used them merely to illuminate a concept that I did not fully grasp.
This is not to say that I didn't study. I did, but I spent a lot of time thinking about the shifts in the law and things the professor seemed to stress as gaps, implications, or points of interest particular to that professor. These may or may not show up in the supplements.
Overreliance on supplements is dangerous to say the least. It may mask a lack of knowledge of the law taught in your class. People should learn how to use them and also not be committed to what they teach, because a particular professor may see things differently.[/quote]
I completely agree with you about over-reliance on supplements but you do need to use them as you described (i.e. to help you understand difficult points).
Varies by class and type of supplement. Farnsworth on contracts could replace your casebook, you would do fine on your exam if you read it and never cracked your assigned text. Other supplements are just gap-fillers.
I read glannon's civ pro during the summer, did all the exercises.
Got the highest grade on civ pro exam.
Civ pro was my worst class. Didn't read more than 1/3 of the Glannon. Go figure.[/quote]
I think Freer's supplement was better than Glannon, although Glannon was good.
I need to meet you one day so I know which classes to stay out of since you're gunning so hard.
Only gunned hard first semester, this semester I'm trying to gun less hard and more smart. We shall see what is more effective. I wouldn't be too worried about staying out of my classes, if you are coming to Penn you have far more formidable opponents than me to worry about.
I gather that you are a transfer from your post. No one guns 2L year anyway. However I do know of people who were top 5% at some T2 and come here and just get steamrolled. It really gives you some appreciation for why people care about school ranking so much.
Alternatively, the many transfers gun hard because they have more to prove. My advice is to take OCI very very seriously, research the firms, spend the summer on interview prep, get a job, and then just chill the fuck out and enjoy being at Penn.
That being said, I'm always down for a beer with classmates. Shoot me a PM in the fall.