The calm before the "1L Storm"

People are freakin’ me out. I am well aware that the first year is going to be a killer, but what is up with the summer reading list that has more volumes than my current library all put together?

How far should I go? Do I go all out and hardcore like this guy suggests? Or should I heed the advice of U. Conn. summer reading list:

“Two of the most important things you can do this summer, aside from dealing with real-world obligations such as making money, child care and the like, do not involve reading at all. They include: (1) breathing in; and (2) breathing out! Seriously, you will be much better prepared for the rigors of law school if you have had a balanced, enjoyable and relaxing summer than if you have not.”

I’m hyperventilating…

I know I should prepare to a certain degree; I have very little knowledge of the legal system. The environmental law class I’m taking now should be helpful, but it can only go so far.

So far, I’ve seen a lot of different places that recommend:
1) Acing Your First Year of Law School (ISBN 0837709121)
2) Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (ISBN 0890897603)
3)
A History of American Law (ISBN 0684869888)
4)
The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes (ISBN 0486267466)
5) One L (ISBN 0374226474 for hardback, 0446673781 for paperback) – this one is purely for reading enjoyment; not all schools are like Harvard Law
6) Gilbert Law Summaries (from Amazon)
7) Nutshell Series (from Amazon)
* Especially of note:
How to Study Law and Take Law Exams (ISBN 0314065962)
8) Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 9th Edition (ISBN 0321479351)
9) The Nature Of The Judicial Process by Benjamin N. Cardozo (ISBN 0548761914)
10) Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System (ISBN 0195179579)
11) Reading Like A Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies For Reading Law Like An Expert (ISBN 1594600325)
12) Introduction to the Law And Legal System of the United States (ISBN 0314158987)

And when I get bored of reading, I can watch these movies:
1) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
2) Double Indemnity
3) The Sweet Hereafter
4) A Civil Action
5) Twelve Angry Men
6) The Thin Blue Line
7) To Kill a Mockingbird
8) Blade Runner
9) Brazil

And if that is not enough, some classic reading on law in literature.

Whew… what I have I signed up for…?

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