Can we talk about this option in the poll?
Reading law books in prep for 1L
In case the three people who voted for it weren't joking; don't do that. Even though your first year is important and law school will be difficult, prepping for it is useless. Each class is its own being that you have to prepare for individually. Law school classes are a little more cohesive that college, but imagine if a high school senior told you they were spending their last summer before college reading prep books to prepare for their major. You would look at them with incredulity.
What's more, the first two weeks of law school are an inundation. If you prep all summer it may make it easier to understand the first few days, but those are usually the only days that the professors won't care whether you've got it yet. After the first two weeks, there is literally no level of prep that will set you apart from the rest of your class. They will have all caught up by week two. Finally, if that wasn't enough, your final exams will be less about showing you understand "the law" (which you can brush up on during the reading weeks prior to exams) and more about displaying the understanding your professor was trying to convey. Prep work could hurt
you here, which admittedly is a disappointing reality.
I've said this before in one of these threads, but the absolute best thing you could be doing right now is re-formatting your resume in law student format and writing a few cover letter variations. When applying to summer internships, you're going to need to conform your resume to the standard industry style; there's not a lot of room for creativity. If you get these two things out of the way now, you'll be able to start submitting internship applications in November/December before any of the deadlines have passed but while everyone else in your class is too busy thinking about finals to write their cover letter and format their resume.
Harvards resume reformat page: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/care ... -tips.html