On the 0L reading thing, it's probably true that anything that you do before school starts won't help you on your 1L exams. However, I felt pretty disoriented during the first few weeks of 1L because I had wanted to get some basic background in, like, what law is before I started law school and decided, upon reading TLS, that I shouldn't. In hindsight, I would have been more comfortable had I ignored TLS on this — though, and I want to stress this, it would not have made any difference on my exams.
So if you really want to buy Glannon and read about Civ Pro before school starts, go ahead. You probably won't understand 50% of it, and you'll have to re-read it during the semester anyway, and it probably won't make any difference come exam time, but it might make the first couple of weeks a little less confusing. (Or possibly more
confusing, but perhaps more confusing in a productive way — the prof is presenting something in a way that is not at all like the black-letter treatment in Glannon, which tells you something about what the prof cares about.)
And no, it makes absolutely zero difference whatsoever whether you're talking about HLS or some other law school. The above applies everywhere. And yes, I know that TLS conventional wisdom is that you shouldn't do anything during your 0L summer. If you'd prefer that, by all means. It won't make any difference in the long run.
whosinthehousejc wrote:As an incoming HLS student with 4 years WE as a freelance journalist, how hard do y'all think it might be to be accepted into the JD/MBA program? Is the bar lower for HLS JD students than for the average applicant?
Being accepted into the HLS JD program is a useful credential for the HBS MBA program — it does count in your favor — but it's not a sure thing by any means.
I'm genuinely curious: what do you want to do with a JD/MBA? Freelance journalism isn't exactly the usual profession feeding into that joint degree.