I have to agree with TAS's advice. I am a 2L at a 4 year program (night school). I also work and have kids. I haven't written a brief yet this year. I read the cases, highlight in the book. During class, I take notes of the important points the professor emphasizes on the case. I have one professor who just the other night said don't let the facts of the case confuse you, look at the evolution of the law in the case. I think the only exam I have ever cited on is Constitutional Criminal Law and that was because the Professor made a point of saying that citing cases was not required but would bolster out grade.