« on: August 05, 2010, 11:38:34 AM »
Alright, thank you very much for the prompt response, especially appreciated with school just around the corner.
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.
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?