Re: study tips
I studied about half the time that many of my classmates did. I believe that, once you have a basic understanding of the material, pouring on extra hours will not help you. It's all about what you do with the materials you are given on the exam. After a certain point, extra study hours just do not correllate with better performance. Embrace this truth and you will be happier.
Ultimately, you've gotta do what works for you and just ignore what everyone else is doing. Especially ignore people who are doing more work than you are. My own method was simply to keep up with the reading all semester. I didn't mess with hornbooks, I just stayed on top of my reading. I started and finished my outlines within a month of exams (not earlier), and I took one or two practice exams for some of my classes. I worked through the E&E's during reading week. During the semester, all I did was the assigned reading. I had a lot of spare time and joined the musical second semester. I can count on one hand the number of times I raised my hand in class all year
I say this mainly to illustrate the success of what I Think is a very reasonable, and possibly very light, course of study during 1L.
QFT. This means those of you who have legal methods study groups (you know who you are...) please stop for the love of all that is good in this world.
I did this my second semester and my grades went up by so much. Ahh, why didn't you tell me your secrets earlier! Would have saved me a lot of time and $ spent on hornbooks first semester. Congrats on the offer btw, always good to have one in the bag. Also, that thread on xoxo isn't completely off base (just a very skewed self-selecting sample size), for the non-Stone, non-LR people it really seems to be hit/miss, as in if you're a good interviewer, you still have plenty of callbacks, and if you're not a great interviewer, you're kindda screwed this year.
You eventually realize that it's mostly the same people you're seeing at callback receptions, not just the same LR people, but also a few of the same non-Stone non-LR people. Whatever the firms like to believe... they all seem to end up going after the same type of people even when they try to look “beyond the grades”. Either way, the 160k jobs are def no longer guaranteed ITE. Should be better next summer though!