dabomb905 wrote:Biggest benefit of summer start imo is that summer starters have a extra semester of grades at important times. Idk if any other school has that. When theyre applying for 1L summer jobs in Dec of your first year, all the other 1Ls are submitting blank transcripts and waiting till late January/February to get their first law school grades. Youll have your (hopefully high) summer start GPA and employers can make decisions on you faster. Second you have a semester full of electives before OCI. This is good for 2 reasons; first you have more shit to talk intelligently about since you could have taken something youre interested in like tax or a cool seminar, second you have the opportunity to take a whole semester of uncurved classes that can boost your GPA. All the doctrinals are curved to a 3.3, upper year classes, if they are small enough(under 20 students) have no mandatory curve and often have class averages at 3.7 or above. If your GPA is lacking from your first 2 semesters, you get a semester to bring it up by taking all easy classes, if youre happy with it you can take stuff youre interested in and can talk about during interviews or you can mix and match.
Regarding the bolded: No. I think it's a program that is unique to Michigan.
I think that the early start is an interesting thing. I agree you get more grades, which is great, especially when you're competing against people who don't have grades yet, but I'm still a little wary on how it works for people who choose to graduate a semester early (rather than taking a semester off at some point) when it comes to securing a firm job.
Another thing I think that summer start is great for is easing into law school, especially because it's nice out during the summer (for anyone who may have issues with seasonal depression -- which is actually quite common).
The other thing I think summer start is great for is creating a close-knit group. My understanding is that the campus is pretty dead during the summer (undergrads, for the most part, are at home; most LS students are gone) so you get to really know your super section (which is what my tour guides called the combo of the four smaller sections) and I'd imagine since no one else is really around, you lean on each other a lot more when you're panicking about how tf to do law skewl lol. I'm really big on community/friendship and fervently believe that having a solid foundation of friends will almost definitely positively impact your performance because you'll have a group that you KNOW you can rely on to keep you from freaking out when you're feeling really anxious or be like "ENOUGH! You need to go out. You're stressing yourself out WAY too much." I'm sure you can get that from fall start as well; I've been told Michigan folks are freakishly friendly lol, but I think that the bond amongst summer starters is probably even stronger since you have all that time to get to know each other/there's not really other people to hang out with.