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You should be fine.  Myself and many others have never used a canned brief and haven't had any trouble.  Also remember that Torts is generally fairly straight forward so you should be able to get the holding, etc. from the case itself.

Current Law Students / Re: lexis/westlaw - who pays for it?
« on: August 24, 2005, 03:33:07 PM »
Unless your school is a lot different than any I have heard about the student does not pay. Of course you may be paying something in the technology fee or some other fee included with tuition but it is not directly paid for. 

Both westlaw and lexis want you to become familiar with their given services in school so that when you graduate you will choose their respective service over the other if you have the choice or authority.

Job Search / Re: Securities Law Background
« on: August 24, 2005, 07:20:39 AM »
Not sure if you want a general book on investments but The Intelligent Investor By: Benjamin Graham is a great book.  It is not about the law but will teach you a lot about securities in general.  It was first written in the early 70s and has been revised several time.  The edition I have was updated sometime around 2002 with notes and commentary added on each chapter.  The book is quite long so if you want just a general overview this may not be what you are looking for.   

Current Law Students / Re: Did you/will you ever take a weekend off?
« on: August 20, 2005, 11:28:56 AM »
I definitely think you can take weekends off if you budget your time effectively.  Normally last year I did no work Thursday night or Friday.  I would do a little (a couple of hours) on Saturday morning or afternoon and then would get back to work on Sunday night.

I did pretty well class rank wise taking this approach.  I also had some weekends where I went out of town or had other obligations and studied none.  If you have a little fun every once in a while it will make the workload a lot more bearable.   

Current Law Students / Re: Favorite Evidence Study Aid/Supplement?
« on: August 18, 2005, 03:26:54 PM »
Anyone else have thoughts on this?

Current Law Students / Secured Transactions supplement?
« on: August 18, 2005, 03:24:45 PM »
Looking for yet another suggestion

Current Law Students / Any suggestions for Corporations supplement?
« on: August 18, 2005, 03:24:08 PM »
Thoughts anyone

Current Law Students / Re: please advice on study technique
« on: August 17, 2005, 04:14:18 PM »
Congrats on surviving your first two days.

If your class is anything like mine then some days you will finish the material early and others you will not finish what is assigned.  You most likely will not be tested on anything that you do not cover in class.  

I don't think starting exam questions right now will do you a lot of good - especially since your tests will likely be essays.  At this point I don't think you will know enough material to see much of anything in a fact pattern.  You probably want to wait until you finish one subject area before you try an essay test.

I don't know about the 3 hour per credit hour, just study until you know the material.  

I am sure some in your class take too many notes but don't worry about them.  

Current Law Students / Re: Assess the Validity of My Study Plan for 1L
« on: August 15, 2005, 04:46:03 PM »
I agree with rapunzel that your plan would be very, very time consuming and most likely the time just won't be there.  I know you said you feel certain sections will be time consuming, but I think you are downplaying just how time consuming all of it will be.  Reading the cases assigned can be time consuming on its own.   

If you need to do all or some of these things on a particularly confusing subject then go for it, but doing it everyday for every class will be tough.  For the most part I think I would stick to one supplement per class IF it is needed. 

Good Luck and Don't Stress Too Much.

Current Law Students / Re: MUST HAVE reading materials for 1Ls
« on: August 13, 2005, 10:57:54 AM »
You aren't going to have that much time to read extra materials during the school year.  For most entering students I think the Restatements are only necessary if the teacher requires or possibly if they recommend buying them.

If your professor doesn't emphasize the Restatement then applying the code sections to a fact pattern will not do you a lot of good.  Also remember that often times the Restatements are not the law in a given jurisdiction or for that matter in any jurisdiction.  My Property professor refused to ever discuss the Restatement because he considers it to be a few academic types opinion of what the law should be and not what the law actulaly is.       

I think the restatements are important not necessarily for your class, but more along the lines of legal analysis.  Enabling you to apply the law i.e., restatements to fact situations.

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