There’s been some good advice floating about lately – including stuff from Heidi and the (a)lways (i)nteresting ai. Flaconred, who is a pre-1L (or “L –1,” “Negative One L”?) like myself, has been posting up some books he’s reading.
I’ve been reading also. I snapped up Law School Confidential, which I found interesting, yet much of the material (I thought) is already free on the web. I’m not sure about the highlighting thing though. I’ve never highlighted.
I had picked up One-L at some point during the winter, but it struck me as overwrought both stylistically and emotionally. It’s hard to explain the odd combination of apathy, anxiety, and over-analysis that each and every issue seems to be greeted with. I’ve seen this sort of thing before in freshly minted MFAs who tend to aggrandize their experiences for a captive audience of entering MFAs. Yeah, it’s hard work. Yeah, the issues raised are often valid, but the intense focus on “the meaning of it all” is not a pervasive characteristic of the experience itself (as one actually experiences it, in real time.)
I decided to just do some background reading. I re-read the Constitution, and recently finished Friedman’s American Law in the 20th Century, which, as the title suggests, is an overview of American law in the 20th century. The Friedman was so interesting I’m going to re-read it and attempt to do some hard memorization. I’m one of those guys who works best when he has an skeleton (no matter how rough) of a subject, which I can then flesh out and realign as I get more info.