From a couple pages ago:
pieceofbeth wrote:I'm trying to decide whether or not to do the summer start. Mostly I want to enjoy my summer. Would you say it gave you a major advantage in terms of study techniques, making friends, etc?
I just wanted to put in my qualified plug for summer start for those who are considering it. I feel that you should consider summer start if you have taken some time off from school and are ready to get back or you're super motivated to begin law school. If I was a senior looking at starting law school a month after graduation, I would pass on that quickly.
IF you fall in to one of those categories, then I would point out what was awesome about summer start. Having the same classes with the same people every day really allows you to develop a close group of friends quickly. The summer starters aren't any better or more social than the fall starters, but got to hang out for over a month spending four hours a day in the same classroom and then hanging out more when the weekend (or, to be honest, Wednesday through Saturday) arrived.
Plus, summer start allowed us to get in the swing of law school and make some observations and learn some lessons sooner and with fewer credits at stake than the fall starters. I definitely studied less during the fall semester and got better grades.
Bankhead wrote:It seems like most of the summer starters are pretty burned out at this point and just drink all the time... plus, you get lumped into a class first semester (crim pro) with a bunch of 2L's. For the 1L's, grade wise, it was basically a slaughterfest.
Yes we have figured out that you do not have to study all day every day to succeed in law school.
As to the crim pro class: We happened to be paired with a particularly skilled group of 2Ls many of whom did summer start last year and actually beat the average grade in a class comprised of students a year ahead of them. Plus crim pro sucked in general as it was taught by a professor who does not normally teach that class. We just got unlucky.
The biggest downside to summer start, IMO, was Gjerdingen. You'll get a chance to meet him during SLD. Presumably he'll be doing the mock class for y'all. Not everyone agrees with me, but quite a few people did not like him.