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Current Law Students / Re: LawGirl should have her own Q/A on LSD!
« on: April 01, 2005, 07:58:33 PM »
Thanks!!! You guys are great. I've been AWOL for awhile because of some big projects I'm trying to get finished. I apologize to those of you who sent me emails that I haven't gotten to yet. Give me a little more time and I'll be back around.

Current Law Students / Re: whast is outlining? Why do I care about it?
« on: March 18, 2005, 09:59:02 AM »

I'm just starting to study for the LSAT (2nd Yr. UG) so I am a long way from being a 1L but upon reading your posts (as well as a few others), I feel extremely relieved.  Not to say that I feel like it's going to be easier than I thought, but I have a feeling of familiarity and preparation, that I believe is over and above what most students feel when applying and subsequently attending Law School.  I feel ahead of the game and for that I thank you.

Good luck in everything,

Joe, you are very welcome and thanks!!!

I kind of rushed into the process and that probably increased my anxiety so if you are ahead of the game, that is terrific. Know the LSAT like the back of your hand and try to find all the help you need for the LSAT and the application process. When dealing with the application process, do everything early (including dealing with sending materials into the clearing house that keeps all of your stuff). You will definitely need to stay on top of things.

By approaching things the way you are, you will have a much better experience overall.

Good luck to you and if you have any qestions, feel free to email me.


Current Law Students / Re: Best study method
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:27:42 PM »
Practice exam writing.  Look at old exams from your profs.  You may know your law but if you cannot put it down in your "blue book" then you will be SOL.

I don't do it (and I know I should) but it hasn't hurt me. For some reason, I seem to do fine without doing it. I think it was the training my law school gave me during 1L year prior to exams, but not all schools do what they do for new students.

BUT, I would still highly recommend it anyway, especially for 1L's.

Current Law Students / Re: Best study method
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:41:06 PM »
LOL. Thanks!!!  ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Best study method
« on: March 16, 2005, 07:38:53 PM »
Outline. I either try to keep up with my outlines over the course of the semester, or if that is not possible b/c of time constraints, I at least try to have them done at least two weeks before my study period.

I study my outline in chunks. Example to explain my process to you is how I handled my 1L class in Torts.

I separate the specific class into topics (ex: Torts: Intentional Torts first). Under intentional torts, I study each tort separately (battery, then assault, then IIED, etc.). I make sure I know each specific intentional tort separately and then make sure I know intentional torts as a whole. Then I move on to the next topic in that course (ex: negligence). I study each element of negligence separately and then together as a whole. And so on, and so forth.

It usually takes me three days per class to learn an entire class outline for my final exam. I pretty much learn it to the extent that I can recall the entire thing from memory.

If you have any other questions, email me.


Current Law Students / Re: HELP ME WITH PROPERTY *&^%
« on: March 07, 2005, 04:54:27 PM »
I had to use three books to figure it out. Two of them were the West Hornbook series, one of them was Stoebuck and Whitman "Property" third edition. The other hornbook was Hovenkamp and Kurtz "The Law of Property" fifth edition. I think it was the Hovenkamp and Kurtz book that helped me the most. I also used the "Understanding" series for Property by Lexis. I finally got it, but it took awhile.

Listen to LawGirl ok!  This chick knows what she's talking about!

Do you need a towel to wipe up now?


Thanks Joe.  ;) ;) :D ;D

One correction. At the time I was taking Contracts, they didn't have that book in the "Understanding" series by Lexis. I'm not sure why unless our school bookstore just didn't order it. Hopefully, if you are interested in it, they will have one for you. I used Emmanuels instead and I still use that series alot, but I really like the "Understanding" series.

To Carrie,

You are very welcome. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.

I really can't recommend a good laptop for you. I do use one, but it was given to me by a friend so I didn't get to go out and buy one that I would have chosen if I had had the choice. I was limited on funds and he was kind enough to give it to me. It is a Dell and it has worked great, but if I had the money to choose, I definitely would have chosen something lighter (possibly even a Dell). Other than the weight, I haven't had any complaints and maybe Dell has lighter laptops out now. Hopefully someone else will have recommendations for you.

To Duma,

I think we are pretty much doing the same thing. I only actually "read" through it the first time when I am highlighting. The second time, I am picking out the parts I put in my brief. The third time I am just reviewing the brief before class. Someone who told me about the system called it the "three read" method so that is why I referred to it that way.

I mainly do it for class preparation, however, it is very beneficial at test time. By doing the three read system, you will retain it better and you will be able to recall it when you are studying for exams, constructing your outline and actually taking the exams. I think it helps make it all sink in.

The "Understanding" series by Lexis is pretty good.

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