I am considering doing the Summer Start program at IU-B. I want some opinions and would like to hear about some of your experiences with it. Here's what I've learned so far:
- ease in to law school environment with one class
- adjust to the area because no one is on campus during the summer
- "small" group of 70 people-- heard everyone becomes really close
- get torts out of the way--opportunity for an extra elective?
- start law school early
- heard that summer starters are the most competitive students of the entering class
- have to find a sublet
- tuition? does anyone know how this works? I have a scholarship, so does it apply to this?
any help is much appreciated!
Yeah, you're pretty much on the right track. Having one law school exam under your belt when preparing for your first semester exams is a nice benefit. If you don't do that well and get a B or B-, you have enough time to adjust your studying habits and learn how to take a law school exam. If you don't summer start and you learn these lessons after your first set of exams, that's 15 credit hours that are in the books.
Torts is a nice class to get out of the way, too. The class struck me as memorization-intensive, which would be nice to remove from your finals studying for Fall semester. Everybody who summer starts takes criminal procedure in its place in the Fall, which I would wager is less memorization intensive. You'll start knowing how to read and brief a case so your first few weeks in the Fall will be more productive (but that advantage will disappear as everybody else learns these skills as the semester wears on).
I guess the main drawback is that you're spending your summer doing not-so-fun things. Finding a sublet won't be hard at all. Tons of people take internships out of town for the summer and desperately want somebody to sublet their place. It's a buyer's market. I haven't heard that about the competitiveness re: summer starters and I'm not sure how you would quantify the classes comparative competitiveness. I think everybody is competitive the semester, but I didn't hear of anybody being nasty to each other.
I'm not sure if all scholarships cover it. That would be a question you would want to take up with the Admissions office. I know at least some do, but that was mentioned in the acceptance offer in my case.
I wanted to do it and wish I could have, but it didn't work out with my work schedule.