LOL. Somebody give the poor bastard a hug.
I feel like a social outcast at my school. I try really hard to be friendly and talk to the other students, but they've become really cliquish into their study groups. It's something that I'm not really used to because I used to be one of the most sociable people on my undergraduate campus. I don't know what's going on, but I really want to remedy the situation and at least feel like I can get along with these people.
IMO Jack is right. You can get everything you need by spending quality time with a canned brief, study guide, and perhaps scanning the case - will save 30% to 50% time reading and "learning." Spend the time you saved taking practice tests and applying the concepts. Do you really need to read an 8 page case to effectively learn and understand the concept of "open and obvious" in premises liability? The "black letter" series were excellent briefs for getting to the heart of things.
Good legal writing is usually learned through practice, not study. Some people are naturals, but most people have to write briefs and pleadings over and over to improve.
It's extremely easy as a 1L to get side-tracked by pursuits and strategies that will not actually help you prepare for the final exam.
Try to listen and read and all that good stuff. Read a commercial outline or hornbook if you are stumped... but in your extra time: get an old outline for the class and go over it many many times along with taking notes on the outline during class, get any practice tests you can get your hands on and write out your answers. The best way to succeed on a law school exam is to prepare specifically for a law school exam, rather than trying to be a universal legal scholar.
1ls are not tested on legal writing skills.
They are tested on well they understand the material when given a different set of fact patterns. Making sure all the elements are met or not met. IRAC with detail.
If you think you have to write like you are some judge in 1800 England
your nuts guy.
Prior to her starting law school we built a really good relationship where SHE was often the one who talked of the future of us, marriage, house, etc. and even at times an insecurity that that may not happen.
However, now that she has started law school she is almost a different person in regards to us. I can hardly talk to her about "us" anymore without her getting frustrated and throwing out accusations about my "demanding" nature.
If not, and you are studying extra hard to counteract a massive panic attack, you might become a 2L someday.