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Alright, thank you very much for the prompt response, especially appreciated with school just around the corner.

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Anyone know if there is and if so where I could find an Emanuel Law Outline for Contracts keyed to Crandall 5th Edition?  Any help is appreciated.

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General Board / Re: In the Car Studying
« on: July 30, 2010, 09:31:00 PM »
I am in a similar situation in regards to commute time and upon reading a countless number of Amazon reviews as well as suggestions received on this message board, I believe the consensus is that you can't go wrong with the Sum and Substance series.  I would also suggest the Aspen Guide to Civil Procedure which is linked up to the Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure.  Hope that helps.

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General Board / Best way to outline for a course?
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:16:46 AM »
What are the best methods for outlining a course?  Is it best to just use an outline like the Emanuel series for the casebook and than add, for each class session, specific points of emphasis, questions the professor poses, and other terms or opinions he expresses that may deiate from the Emanuel outline? 

If this is not what you would suggest for outlining, please explain.  Any help is appreciated.

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General Board / Re: Best Audio study aids?
« on: July 15, 2010, 12:17:54 AM »
A question, how do you know if the audio guide is specifically connected to your casebook?  Would it just advertise itself that way ?  Also, does the same go for the high court summaries keyed to a casebook?  Would I just specifically look up a high court summary book connected to my particular casebook?

I recently purchased some audio study guides, one for the Glannon Civ Pro E&E and three from the Sum and Substance series.  Would you suggest returning them until I get my textbook and purchase ones keyed to them in lieu of the audio aids mentioned above?  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Audio aids are great!  There are several good ones - find the audio that goes with your casebook or look for ratings/user comments on amazon.  Often the audios follow a casebook - that really helps you have an intelligent discussion in class and helps with material comprehension.  I would not lock on to any one particular "brand."  I used Gilbert, Sum and Substance, and Law School Legends and they were all good - get an early start and find them cheap used on Amazon or Ebay.  They are very helpful supplamenting the material that the profs cover.  I had some great Civ Pro disks that really cut through the fog of the FRCP and were downright entertaining b/c the audio professor did such a great job using memorable examples.  I still remember his example of pleading special damages referencing a case where a guy got hit by a car, suffered routine injury, and nerve damage that caused him to have a permanent erection - the "special damages."  You expect broken bones in an accident, not a permanent erection.  He said his wife would be pushing him in front of cars.  Cannot recall who they were through though.

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General Board / Re: A typical law school class session?
« on: July 15, 2010, 12:10:38 AM »

Thanks again for the thorough response.  It is very much appreciated by myself personally and I am sure of all the other countless individuals you have responded to.  Again, many thanks.  Another question for you specifically:  what do you think of "canned" case briefs? 

Are these a better investment of time rather than briefing the case from scratch?  Would it be better to peruse the canned case brief and use it as an outline and follow that up with my own case brief?  Thanks again either way.

Every casebook/ professor has a different style, but you have the gist of it. Read cases and talk about them. Very little black letter law is talked about.


Very true, and very dangerous.  Cases are the method, but black letter law is the objective.  If it doesn't tie directly into your ability to address an issue on that final exam, that's not an hour well spent.  You should know EXACTLY what rule (i.e., which part of black letter law) is under discussion in that day's class.  With that understanding, the cases will make much more sense, and so will the discussion. 

Another point:  you're in class not to hear the Socratic Method, but rather to hear the Socratic Method from your professor's perspective.  With the above understanding, what the professor says should make sense.  (With the above understanding of the point of law under discussion, it will.)

Does this help?

Thane.

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General Board / Best "canned" case briefs?
« on: July 15, 2010, 12:06:57 AM »
What is the best book, website, or otherwise resource for "canned" case briefs?  Pertinent responses are appreciated.

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General Board / A typical law school class session?
« on: July 10, 2010, 09:05:16 PM »
Would anyone mind telling me what a typical law school class session is comprised of?  Is it just an assigned case before class, reading up on that prior to class and using course supplements and case summaries to understand the verdict of the case and the laws, precedents, and principals that led to that decision?  If that is the case, is the lecture than centered around discussion regarding said case and questions to the class to test their understanding?

I am about to start my first semester of my 1L in about one month and just want to have an idea of what the class might look like.  Thanks in advance for any help.

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General Board / Best Audio study aids?
« on: June 30, 2010, 03:06:19 PM »
What would be the best audio study aids that a commuter could use to take advantage of otherwise wasted time in the car?  Pertinent responses are appreciated. 

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Transferring / Re: What ranking cut-off is considered T1 and T2?
« on: June 30, 2010, 01:27:25 PM »
Apologies for the double-post.

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