I'm a current Scale student about to finish up year one. We're in finals-mode right now, but I'm taking a quick break and decided to say a few things here.
First of all, Scale is no joke. What I mean by this is that the program is so accelerated that you really don't have much free time for anything. There are some students in the class who can do the readings and brief cases, take notes during lecture, and they just "get it". But I believe those students are few and far between. For most students, on top of the huge amount of reading and case briefing in such a short period of time, they have to spend extra time re-reading and working the material until they fully grasp the particular topic or concept. But the problem is Scale is so fast that students who need this extra time literally do not have it and they are forced to cut corners and do epic cramming sessions at the end just to squeeze by.
I'm sure traditional law students will argue that any traditional program at any school is exactly the same. While that may be the case to an extent, much of that is probably self-imposed. In a traditional program, you DO have time to re-read and practice but many students probably don't. In Scale, you literally don't have the time to both go back look and keep interacting with the older material until you really understand it AND stay up on the current reading. This is what I think sets Scale apart.
If you decide to do Scale you should know exactly what you are getting into. Ask to see the student handbook. Ask about the GPA requirements that must be maintained so you don't find yourself on probation or academically dismissed. People are dismissed from every Scale class, usually starting by about the 3rd quarter. You will not get a refund if you get kicked out.
I am not aware of any way to identify whether you will be able to excel in Scale or if you will be one of those who hang on by a thread. From what I have seen the "prestige" of where you went to undergrad means nothing. Also, study skills you used in undergrad to get A's will not cut it here. You must achieve a level of studying you probably did not know existed.
Again, I want to re-iterate that there are a good amount of students who do very well in Scale. They just get it. Their minds are attuned to this material and/or the way it is presented by a particular professor. You might do Scale and do well and enjoy yourself. This happens in every class. But you may also find yourself hanging on by a thread. There is little mercy if you find yourself in academic trouble.
But the benefits of doing Scale are there as well and they are huge in my opinion. You will be so used to the insane speed and having so much swirling around in your head that studying for the Bar may not be as insanely stressful for you. We do a lot of hands-on, practical type stuff which already has me at a level where I know I will not look like an idiot by any means when I begin practicing law. And of course, the best benefit of all is that you will be finished with law school one year early.
Time is running out between now and my first final. I will check back in here if I can but can't make any promises. Best of luck to all.