thesealocust wrote:My 2 cents: I think the best thing you can do before law school starts is to learn where to turn during the semester. You need to learn things they won't tell you: The fact that you'll have to do practice exams, the fact that law exams are called issue spotters and really weird, the fact that getting to maybe is probably a wise time investment. Knowing what resources to use and when to turn to them could be very handy to do before law school starts... but the number of people who do fabulously well learning the law but terribly on exams strongly suggests 0L prep isn't going to turn you into a super star. Here's a comment from the Volokh conspiracy the illustrates that point well:Pragmaticist wrote:In my first semester of law school, my torts final consisted of two parts: multiple choice and essays. The professor told me that I had the highest score in the class on the multiple choice portion of the exam, and a low score on the essays portion. Why was my score on the essays portion so low when I had demonstrated understanding of torts by achieving a nearly perfect score on the multiple choice portion? Because I had mistakenly wrote my essays on the presumption that my reader had an intellect superior to that of a slow child.
This is more of a matter of what the professor is looking for than "exam prep." Some professors like you to demonstrate every step of the analysis. Others get pissed if you spend too much time rehashing stuff they already know. It's just an important thing to realize about your specific lawprofs.