« on: April 25, 2005, 01:12:52 AM »
As a poster pointed out, taking advice from a 0L about the best way to prepare (or if you should at all) may not be wise, but I will rely on my past experiences to answer whether PLS II is helpful. For one, I cannot see how information (what is contained in the E&Es) can hurt anyone. I firmly believe the more one knows, the better one will be. I sat on one course which I had read the E&E primer six months ago, yet I knew the basics of what the prof was talking about. I knew what he was going to say before he said it. This encourages active learning, i.e. internally asking questions about the profs statements. Active learners retain much more information than passive learners (those typing like mad trying to get everything the prof is saying, rather than thinking about it). I felt that I could focus on the details and subtle points of his lecture, rather than trying to learn the material for the first time. Again, it seems to be just common sense, the better one knows a subject, the better one will perform. I also think, with this luxury of being able to focus more on the prof, I will be able to pick up on what he will test on, or what he considers important. I had semi-prepped for an undergrad class that was notorious for its difficulty and I had a similar experience as the law class I recently sat in on. As to Kilgoreís comments (Iím not saying he is wrong), Atticus concedes he has not proven the effectiveness of this method, but I have confidence in my judgment, and I think it is sound advice. Also, if an exam covers mostly policy, I think (disclaimer: I know I am a 0L) knowing black letter law will support your exam writing. AF says BLL is crystallized policy, which has established reasoning (i.e. policy) supporting it. It seems prepping is the process of a linear learning sequence: learn BLL, then learn the policy behind BLL, thus then you are able to discuss policy. Since I was a serious musician, I may find comfort in the prep method since it is similar to my old routine of practice, practice, practice and thus prepping/practicing is a familiar formula for success. At the very least, I believe it will alleviate some of the work load from my 1L year by spreading it over a larger period of time. If I am way off target, please let me know.