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Current Law Students / Re: Confused!!! Can you guys please clarify...
« on: July 26, 2007, 05:21:22 PM »
I don't have the time to go into all your concerns, but here's a distinction:

You brief cases as you do the reading BEFORE class.  This is so you can learn/know the impt. facts, the rule, the holding, etc. and if you get called on, you'll at least have some idea what's going on.

You outline classes after the fact, so you can incorporate the reading notes you took and what the professor said in class.

I suggest you pick up Law School Confidential, or at least stop by a book store or library and flip through the first couple chapters.  The book is kind of intense, and I didn't follow its study "schedule" but it at least gives you an overview of the basics.

This is EXACTLY how I did it as well. I outlined my class notes every few weeks. Sometimes it helps waiting a few weeks to fully understand the topic.

Work for BarBri or PMBR. I don't think you get an hourly wage, but it takes no effort and you can take the classes for free (I think). I wish I would have done that!

At my school, at my first year books were all required and we used everyone of them. If you have a writing class, you may be able to get away with borrowing someone's or waiting to see if you really need it. But I wouldn't advise waiting...get all your case books and other required stuff.

What I do now is buy all of my books at campus then buy them online again used, and then return them to the bookstore once they all come in. Waiting for a book to be shipped sucks, especially when you need to be prepared for 1L classes.

Current Law Students / Re: 2L Workload: Am I Crazy?
« on: July 26, 2007, 05:07:46 PM »
I worked for a clinic 4 hours a week, a firm 10 hours a week (2 days) and had a full course load. For me, 2L classes had just as much reading as first year, but you know what to expect and how to it seemed a less hectic.
The clubs may not be time consuming, depending on how often you meet but the journal might take up a lot of your time. Cutting back work hours could always help mid-semester.

You might be overdoing it, but it all depends on your study habits. Good luck!

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