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I stopped briefing after the first week, now i highlight and write like 1-2 sentences in the margin.  I also have little arrows and the words FACTS or REASONING or HOLDING so if the professor calls on me and i dont remember exactly what i need to know i just flip to what i need.  This worked really well for me when i was called on to brief a 9 page (after editting) case with 6-7 issues in my contracts class (needless to say, and not tooting my own horn, i got a lot of accolades from my colleagues and professors on the handling of the case).  I guess it really depends on how you handle the situation but i agree with the others on the board that its important to be able to brief on your own, sometimes your professor will be looking for something not in the canned brief and if you arent prepared you wont be able to argue your point succinctly

Current Law Students / Re: My professor and an uncomfortable situation...
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:46:34 AM »
Holy *&^%!!! That is probably one of the most ackward positions you could be in.  The good news, you get to say @#!* you if your school has an anonymous grading system.  Talk to one of your deans and tell him/her what happened but tell them you dont want them to do anything, however, if you receive a grade that is not reflecting your final test then you want them to know the reason for it.  Deans can have a lot of pull, but you need to ask for help to get it.  That is what i would do in that situation.  Really must make 1L that much harder.

Current Law Students / Re: Outlining: Cases and their rulings - HELP!
« on: September 10, 2005, 09:01:16 PM »
Vaughn v. Menlove anyone??

Current Law Students / Re: Outlining: Cases and their rulings - HELP!
« on: September 09, 2005, 04:33:02 AM »
I remember the rule for battery being something like "battery is an intentional harmful or offensive bodily contact... so the rule would looks something like this... in my opinion

I. Battery
   A. A Bodily Contact That Must Be:
      I. Nature of the Contact (disjunctive, either/or)
         a. Harmful - Definition of Harm
         b. Offensive - Definition of Offensive
   B. Intent

Current Law Students / Re: The study habits of others...
« on: September 09, 2005, 04:25:22 AM »
This thread has officially been hijacked.... three cheers for the people who cant concentrate on the substance of a thread   ::)

Current Law Students / Re: The study habits of others...
« on: September 07, 2005, 07:52:26 PM »
All of my tests are closed book...

Current Law Students / Re: The study habits of others...
« on: September 07, 2005, 05:24:22 PM »
Taco, i hope my initial post didnt bring you to the conclusion that i think that about my classmates.  I actually think the opposite that my method is the one that needs reconsidering.

Current Law Students / Black Letter Law...
« on: September 07, 2005, 04:39:07 AM »
Im curious about something, have any 1L's started divining the black letter law from the cases they have been reading?? basically when i read a new case and book brief it with a little extra time i could probably pull the BLL out of it but is that what you are supposed to do or is it more of linking a group of cases together and seeing how each of them relate (or dont relate) to each other and then derive the BLL... any ideas??

Current Law Students / The study habits of others...
« on: September 06, 2005, 07:40:52 PM »
I heard a million and one times never look at the study habits of your colleagues but sometimes i feel like such a slacker when i look at the effort some of my classmates apply to class... personally, im an attentive listener in class but i rarely take notes.  I highlight my cases right in the book (book brief) then writing a sentence or two in the margins to give myself an idea of wtf the case is about.  I noticed, however, that some people go all out with long sets of typed notes and they type up all their briefs... does anyone feel that this works better for them??

Current Law Students / Re: New 1L's: Any Harsh Socratic Method Profs?
« on: September 03, 2005, 09:04:16 AM »
The lovely thing about law school is everyone starts at the same place.  If you are a legal genius, who has been clerking for a Supreme Court judge (NYer sorry, Supreme Court is our lowest court), and has been writing legal memos for years prior to law school you get to sit through legal research and writing with the same person who just learned what a brief is.  I wouldnt be to quick to discount anyones abilities... she could rank higher than you... throw away all the preconceived undergrad notions, they no longer apply.

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