Desert Fox wrote:Doing 0L prep for my Civ Pro or Torts would be at best useless, and at worse harmful because the professors had very unique views.
I don't think October prep is useful, let alone June.
I had the highest grade in my class in civ pro. I can attribute a big part of that to substnative prep- i understood subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction going into class. People spent all semester trying to get a grip on that while I was practing the nitty gritty and going through absurd hypos.
That being said:
Torts- About 75% of my summer study was intentional torts. We only covered negligent torts.
Criminal Law- I focused on CL/MPC. He was all about statute interpretation. It did not help at all.
Contracts- Lol. Any advantage I had quickly dissapted.
I spent 40 hours a week studying, probably 1/2 of which were substantive. So 20 hours a week, and the vast majority was irrelevant or wasted. (so actually what you said is still valid
HOWEVER, I struck gold in my Civ pro class, and it jumped me from top 30-top 20%, which Is a pretty crucial difference at low T1.
So... yeah i have no idea what to say on the subject of substantive prep. If you are excited about it... do it, it might help. But if you are dreading the idea, don't do it- the burn out will likely ruin any advantage.
That being said, exam prep is, IMO, crucial. I have a hard time imagining someone doing leews/gtm/a few practice exams b4 school starts and not getting top 1/2.