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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Legal Writing
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:02:18 PM »
I feel you; I had the same issue last semester. To write my memos I used the Lawyer's Craft - it was decently helpful and had sample memos in the back. Also, once you get an assignment back go and talk to your professor. Ask her/him to explain what you did wrong. Hope this helps!

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General Board / Re: Appellate Brief
« on: January 31, 2008, 11:05:44 PM »
Thanks guys/girls. These books are a great help!!!

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General Board / Re: Appellate Brief
« on: January 30, 2008, 12:30:53 PM »
Does anyone know of any websites that talk about how to write a good brief?? I have to write it soon and don't have the time to buy the books online. Thanks!!

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General Board / Appellate Brief
« on: January 30, 2008, 09:08:32 AM »
Does anyone have any advice on how to write an effective brief?? Any website that might explain the process (how to write the point headings, lead, etc.)????
Thanks in advance!!

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General Board / Re: Case Law isn't the best way to learn Civ Pro
« on: December 21, 2007, 12:02:47 PM »
The posts above mine are right on target.

I had to run out and get a supplement for civ pro because the casebook doesn't explain anything and the prof does little to clear anything up.

KISS (keep it simple stupid) Case law is not intended to convey civ pro. Rather, case law although a bunch of bull sh-- much of the time is intended? to convey legal reasoning. If you want to learn civ pro read the supplement.

Big V

I did have to read the supplement to learn the material. But, that is not how I should be learning (on my own). That's why there a prof!!!! And cases don't convey anything!

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General Board / Re: Case Law isn't the best way to learn Civ Pro
« on: December 13, 2007, 11:51:22 PM »
The posts above mine are right on target.

I had to run out and get a supplement for civ pro because the casebook doesn't explain anything and the prof does little to clear anything up.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Done finals, freaking out
« on: December 13, 2007, 08:44:01 PM »
Don't drop out if you're not in the top 20% of your class. You'd be an idiot if you did. My first exam last year (my 1L year) is the worst grade I've gotten so far... a B-. It was the first grade I got back. I did well enough on the rest of my exams that semester and was sitting at around the top 20-25% mark. Then second semester, I did really well and jumped to the top 12%. So just because you have a bad exam or two first semester doesn't mean you can't make it up.

Good grades are important if you want to work in Biglaw, but don't drop out just because of a bad grade or two.



Great advice. You're like 1 of the only people that says don't kill yourself if you don't to well.

Applause!

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Thanks Jacy85!!

I'm def. going to try and take as many practice tests as possible. Thanks for the insight

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I mean that I figured out what exactly was important in terms of what to focus on studying, or that I honed my study time so that it fit my needs better, or that I figured out what precisely to write on exams, or maybe none of the above.

I did pretty well first semester, but hit the ball out of the park second semester 1L, and have done extremely well since then.  How much of it was attributable to changing out I outline vs. all these other things, I'm really not sure.

So do you have any tips for studying for 1L exams? :-)

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If you review this outline several times, and still go through your classnotes thoroughly and compare w/ the outline, you should be fine. 

I no longer outline on my unless I can't find an old outline to use.  Instead, I take an old outline and add to some parts, shorten it, reword things, etc. so that it fits my classnotes and my needs.  This review and editing process is more helpful for me than just recreating the wheel every semester.  I did much better using this method for my 2 open book exams second semester 1L than I did first semester 1L, and I've used it ever since.  (note, however, that I'm not sure how much my grade improvements were due to my change in outline strategy or just due to the fact that I "figured" law school out)


What do you mean by figured law school out?

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