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General Board / Re: briefing in technicolor? hmm...
« on: August 22, 2006, 08:25:28 AM »
most of the people that i know who rainbow briefed finished towards the bottom of the class. hth.
the tried and true method is writing them out...not rainbow briefing.

I "rainbow briefed" and am near the very top of my class.  hth, ass.

Briefing is different for everyone.  Some people bookbrief (just highlighting and notes in teh margins), some (albeit few) continue to type briefs/summaries.  I'm sort of inbetween, in that I bookbrief the cases, and type notes on everything else in the reading.

Try stuff out. There's no tried and true method, as someone else said.  You develop your own style, and you figure out what works.  Part of 1L is being anal and scheduled to get your work done.  The other part is a necessary "go with the flow" mentality to just sort of take things as they come and try different methods until you find something that really clicks with your learning and studying habits.

this is about the same thing that I do.  I highlight important crap in the case and I write a brief little brief (hehe) in my onenote s I'll have the gist if called upon and when I go to study I wont have to look up everything in the book.  I also make little notes in the margins if I see any particulary formula for analysis or anything just for quick reference.  It really is dependant on you and your style of learning though.  If book briefing helps you by all means do it.  Most people say briefing is a "waste of time" but I did it all last year for every case and will continue doing it because it helps me.

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General Board / Re: OneNote Flagging?
« on: August 17, 2006, 03:47:49 PM »
I flag the case names i my class notes.  And my first semester, I flagged definitions of terms that were new (there are a lot of them in the first few weeks), and while that was marginally useful, I ended up just flagging case names.

This really helped second semester, when I pretty much just incorporated my own material into another student's outline.  I could get a summary of all the cases, and do a quick search through the other outline as an initial check to see if the prof covered the same material in the same sort of way for both classes.

you know, I used onenote all last year and loved it, but I think I never really used any of the features like the flags cuz I couldnt figure out a) how to use them and b) what the purpose of using them was.  Does it make it so you can search through things easier?  Im really a computer dumbass so any help would be nice :D

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General Board / Re: E & E's, hornbooks, blah blah blah
« on: August 11, 2006, 09:39:36 PM »
yeah, Im a retard, Ive already bought all my supplements for my 2L classes...but I got them all used! :D

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Which primer to get for Crim Law?
« on: July 29, 2006, 08:02:17 PM »
the Understanding series are good.  The understanding future interests saved my life

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General Board / Re: whos still waiting for grades
« on: June 03, 2006, 09:05:53 PM »
Im just waiting on torts

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1L job search / Re: What are you doing this summer!!!
« on: May 07, 2006, 04:27:10 PM »
Im clerking for a judge in Dallas this summer

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I had a bad first semester. My school (a tier 2) uses a B curve and I got a C in Torts which was the class I thought I would do my best in.

And I got a B- for legal writing where I should have at least gotten a B. I was getting a B+ for that class until I got caught up with trying to help another law student who was having a nervous break down. At the time I really should have been studying for a test worth 15% of my grade. I flunked the test and as a result my grade in that class dropped to a B-.

I didn't fear better in Contracts were I also got a B-, and my best grade this semester turned out to be a B in criminal law which was ironically the class I paid the least attention in.

So now I'm sitting on a 2.5 GPA and am disappointed as hell. I had dreams finding a good legal internship for the summer but perhaps all that is out the window. Oh well I hope this semester will be a different story with my grades.

Im with you brother

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How to spend dead week?
« on: November 28, 2005, 08:31:48 AM »
no dead week for me...

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General Board / Re: Doin' the Weekend Crunch
« on: November 22, 2005, 08:52:34 AM »
Got my eyeballs popping out from working through a Civ. Pro outline for 5(+) hours so far today (going to do some hypos the rest of the night).

Got 100 or so pages to read/brief for Torts on Sunday for Monday's class.

Finals are a couple of weeks away now and I can feel the vice tightening up on my nuts right now.

 :o

You still brief cases?

I still book brief AND write out briefs.  Of course they arent as detailed as at the beginning, but I get a better understanding that way

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I think Gilberts law summary on future interests is really good, and theres a little workbook published by Lexis called "a students guide to estates in land and future interests" that's pretty good.  Its in simple language, and has lots of examples.

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