Snooker wrote:I made a little reading list on another thread of stuff to look at. I will post it later if I find it.
There is probably some modest correlation between prepping and getting better grades. A few people here have totally rocked exams after doing so. I did so a little bit and found it helped reduce my workload a lot.
As a major caveat, success on law exams is pretty inexplicable to a lot of people. Many people go into the exam room totally confused about the material and barely understanding it, yet come out with A's because they can do law exams very well. Preparation, even over the course of the term, doesn't seem to be a dominant factor in who gets good grades. that is actually the purpose of the LSAT - to test your test-taking skills since it correlates so powerfully with exam performance, .33 or so for law exams but only .03 for legal memo grades.
On the flip side, a significant number of us on here did very little and also rocked exams. Of course, I'm as biased as TTT is on this subject. I am not an advocate of much 0L prep. In fact, I think the motivation you get from feeling a little behind at the beginning may be more beneficial during the semester than any prep prior to starting law school (based solely on anecdotal evidence of people I know who attended LS prep courses, rested on their laurels a bit during the semester, and ultimately ended up getting destroyed during finals).
If you are an 0L reading this and thinking to yourself "but this can't be right, I just have to do something!", I'd suggest reading GTM and go through LEEWS if you can find it cheap. This isn't to get you ahead substantively, it is just to give you an idea of what to expect from the exams in order to help you study and outline more efficiently. Save the substantive stuff for class - you don't want to learn something that deviates from your professor only to have it come bite you in the ass later. Finally, if anyone wants to prep just because they are worried about how to brief a case, I posted a thread about a year ago that gives you the rundown of just how to do it. Read it and rest easy.