agora139 wrote:NZA wrote:agora139 wrote:okay so i just read one of the threads about 0L summer prep (http://www.top-law-schools.com/law-scho ... .html#prep) and I DIDNT DO ANY OF THIS. am i 100% screwed? ugh.
No. I'm a 0L, too, so don't take my word for it, but everyone I've talked to has said that summer prep can be a waste of time.
That having been said, I've done LEEWS and GTM and LSC, and I have to say, they were only marginally helpful. I'd recommend picking up copies of GTM and LSC, but LEEWS was a sad waste of time.
ahhhh all the acronyms are freaking me out, what do they mean?? HOW did i miss this 0L prep subculture
Lol, it's totally cool.
LEEWS = Something, I honestly have no clue.
GTM = Getting To Maybe
LSC = Law School Confidential
The other book that people talk about frequently is 1L of a Ride, but I haven't read it.
The thing is, GTM and LEEWS are concerned almost solely with doing well on exams, so if you read it by December, you'll be fine (and I'd be more than happy to loan you my copy when we're in Ann Arbor! ). So honestly, you shouldn't worry too much about it.
As far as LSC goes, it basically covers everything from applying to law schools (which is completely useless to us now) to OCI (which is not yet relevant). So there's basically two or three chapters about 1L and pre 1L that are useful, the TL;DR of which is:
- Have your resume and your cover letter prepared now, so you don't have to worry about it during the school year.
- Use a complicated highlighting system to take notes in your book.
- Brief all cases.
- Set a regular daily schedule and stick to it.
In other words, aside from a few tips, it's not that helpful. The highlighting system he recommends is really, really anal and weird, and I could see it confusing/screwing a person more than helping them. The case briefing section is vaguely useful, I suppose. Anyway, definitely worth a read just to get an idea of how a person COULD approach notes, outlining, etc.
Anyway, I'd also definitely be willing to loan it to you, as well! Honestly, you're not missing out on too much. The biggest thing you can do, now, is probably get your resume and a cover letter ready. And if you have any more specific questions about LSC or anything, just PM me or whatever.