« on: June 11, 2008, 11:06:20 PM »
Thanks for the advice and encouraging words... sometimes this board amps my anxiety level!
I was planning on making a thread like this too. Except I'd also like to know what "briefing" is? Just short reading notes on the cases you read for class? Seems like it'd be really useful to do, but I've heard people say its a waste of time. Would these be incorporated into your outline?
Also, another stupid question: in general, you get to use your outlines on exams, right?
Again, I am too lazy to explain anything, but man do I love google: http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/research/brief.html
As to the second question. Yes you can use your outlines for the most part. Most exams are open book, meaning you can bring the course book, your notes, outlines, whatever. Some of my profs would specify that you could only bring stuff you had written, some would say only stuff "you had a part in making", some would say "use anything you want, your own notes, commercial outlines and hornbooks, bring anything". That's just something you have to confirm with the prof. Also, some exams are closed book, meaning you get nothing. So far I only know of one section (out of 5) at my school that had one closed book exam... it's not that common.
I'm sure you can do this, however from what older friends tell me, it seems that legal employers are pretty easily freaked out by this kind of stuff. Don't ask me why, I'd love to do the same thing, but it may show them a lack of committment or something like that. Anyways, a bunch of people here are probably gonna get all high and mighty on you about asking this question. I say talk to some employers and see how they feel about it, because you don't want to jeopordize your career after going through all the bull of school.
Employers are worried because you should be over the "I want to see the world" stage of your life by the time you get your JD.
I just started outlining yesterday and my finals start on the 21st. But I'm a second semester 3L who doesn't care about grades and never reads for class anyway.
God, I cannot wait to be a 3L.
Overheard after my 1L class got out and a 3L class was entering.
3L: "Hey, did you do the reading?"
Other 3L: "Nah, I haven't done the reading since February."