Wow, so much nostalgia going through this thread. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the whole real life vs reel life thing. I think the fear of being called on in class is universal, Shondaland classroom or no. I liked the little detail of there already being a decent amount of reading on the first day itself. From 4.04, yes, it's ridiculous that everybody is walking around with hard copies of the most uselessly big outlines I've ever seen. Re. the competitiveness, I've actually seen/heard of both. My school, or rather, my section specifically, we were all nice to each other, there was never this agenda of trying to screw over other students. The other sections didn't really have that camaraderie. There was an urban legend about another school in the area that people were slitting pages out of library books so that other students wouldn't be able to access that info. Also, I will say this about Annalise's classroom. With the exception of how many students it fits (200 instead of the up to 100 I had), my lecture halls looked exactly like that. There certainly wasn't enough table space for everything you needed, so your laptop would go on the table itself and your casebook would be propped up in your lap.
The rest of this (1Ls really don't work at all, Annalise playing fast and loose with ethics and evidence rules, the really intense personal space violations with Annalise and Wes, EVERYTHING ELSE, oy) have been well covered by everyone else. This show is so very, very ridiculous, but I can't imagine not watching.