Sorry for my broad question (new to online posting
. I'll try to be more specific in the future. There is a pretty detailed suggested summer reading/prep list posted by the dean. The list includes the barbri law preview, and it looks like a couple 1Ls will be attending the law preview. Did any current students/alums do law preview? Was it worth it? I realize that the consensus on law preview is that law preview isn't worth it. But I was wondering if it makes more of a difference for schools like UC Hastings.
I was really disappointed to learn about the low bar passage rate. I'm planning on reading getting to maybe, 1L of a ride, this summer. I also ordered some of the recommended supplements on this forum (E&Es for contracts, civil procedure, torts,and property). I'm planning on skimming the supplements at least. Do you think reading the supplements would help later on grade-wise? I'm basically trying to follow the advice of viewtopic.php?f=3&t=157251
Do you think Plain English for Lawyers is worth it (one of the dean's recommended books)? Also, how does grading for the legal writing class work? I know at some schools, it is pass-fail?
It was a few years ago for me, so I haven't had the chance to take law preview, something that wasn't offered to my class (of 2013). But I think anything that helps you prepare for the bar would be helpful, especially with Hastings' pass rate. I would also recommend studying on your own on how to best succeed on the final exams, such as perfecting IRAC, issue identification, time managment, etc.
I read Getting to Maybe
very carefully over the pre-1L summer. However, it made me too "creative" on the exams, which hurt my grades. What matters is identifying all the relevant issues and rules and analyzing them intelligently. I think what would have helped me most was to talk to actual 2Ls or 3Ls who were successful (under top 5% but above 25%), and convince them to teach you how they did it (ask them what they
did, not what they suggest you do). I say under top 5% because the "natural geniuses" don't know what they did to become top 1% and will tell you (i.e., told me) things like "pay attention in class" and "just do practice exams." That topic you linked is an exception, it seems like.
Supplements are good for mini hypos that apply the law. As a 1L, I used to be stubborn about figuring it all out on my own, and that also made it harder to acclimate to the whole law school thing (as a hard sciences guy). Just reading the supplements won't get you an A, although they're helpful regardless for understanding the rules. Ask those upperclassmen how they used theirs, too.
I like Plain English for Lawyers
and do recommend that people read it in general (including the bar students I coach). People think that using big words and long sentences and trying to sound intellectual helps them. It does not.
I feel bad for making you the victim when you only happened to be the Xth person to make it hard to answer a question, so there's my semi-detailed response in repentance