chimp wrote: dakatz wrote: chimp wrote:
dakatz wrote:I prepped pretty hard 0L summer so I can tell you this from experience: Do NOT waste your time. It doesn't help you do better in law school. And aside from that, it can serve no other purpose. People like to say "oh the people who say not to do 0L prep are the people who didn't do it themselves and just wanna justify the decision". Well o did it and it didn't help at all. And btw, I did very well first year. The prep had nothing to do with it. You are going to have to trust me on that. You start yourself down a bad path with the 0L prep stuff while the actual smart people are out getting a leg up on you. Don't waste a golden opportunity with pointless prep books. Law school is quite a counterintuitive journey. The impulsive and reactionary things are usually the red flags. Reaching for 0L prep books is the epitome of reactionary moves that push aside the countetintuitive thought process you must apply in law school to get a leg up.
Im not saying that I was above falling victim to the reactionary and reflexive things. Its what we call losing the forest for the trees. But im telling you this so that you don't fall into the same traps along the way.
I'm a 0L but this makes sense to me. Correlation does not equal causation. I feel like the people who at least contemplate doing extensive 0L prep are, more often than not, the types of people who will do well in law school regardless.
Thats typically the case. It is useless at best, and harmful at worst. Please note that I am NOT referring to exam prep and learning about exam writing. I am only referring to substantive prep. I am entirely serious when I say that the smart ones are literally running laps around you while you sit around reading E&E's (and no, that doesn't mean they are drinking and partying). If you need to ask how, then you have a bit more learning to do. But all the info is on this site. It really is a gold mine.
Out of curiosity what would you recommend?
Here are the highlights. And if you do them all, and do them all correctly, you shouldn't even have enough time for substantive 0L prep anyway:
-Spruce up resume
-Write cover letter templates
-Network with alumni of the school you will be attending. This can be a serious and time-consuming endeavor
-Do some self-reflection to understand your goals, priorities, etc. Know completely why you are going to law school and what you plan to get out of it. Don't underestimate the importance of this
-Get yourself organized. Work up some methods and strategies to keep your materials and your life in order. Law school requires you to juggle many things at once. Make sure you are ready to keep up with it efficiently
-Get better at typing. If you are already a fast typer, get faster. Each second is crucial on a non-word limit exam
-Learn about law school exams. This is 100% of your grade, so figure out the general idea of what you must do and how you should learn to tailor your entire semester-long strategy to that exam
-Rest your mind and relax. Your brain is about to get a long workout. It needs to be well-rested. Make sure to take some time off to clear your mind. Whether its through yoga, meditation, or just hanging out with friends, do whatever it takes to clear your head over the summer
The smart ones will be the ones who have resumes already written up, a network of contacts to rely on, a clear head, and concrete goals. They will not have had time to grab 0L prep books. Yet they will be miles ahead of those who wasted their time with them. Hope this helps. You guys have a golden opportunity here. This is your first fork in the road. Do you take the reflexive choice and just grab at the very first "tree in the forest"? Or do you choose to look at the bigger picture and work toward the end goal?