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General Board / Re: prep for summer before law school
« on: June 13, 2004, 10:20:57 PM »
My advice--law library!  Don't buy all those expensive study aids until you know (1) which ones really help you or (2) which ones you prefer.  Preview them first at the library. 

In my opinion, it's not necessary to read study aids before law school begins.  My advice (and I'm sure some will disagree) is to read things you actually WANT to read before you start classes.  Once classes begin, you'll be reading casebooks and hornbooks so much that you won't have time/want to read anything else! 

General Board / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: June 13, 2004, 10:13:11 PM »
StoreLaw just released version 3.0.  It looks much improved, but I haven't tried it in class yet. 

Capital / Re: Anyone start Fall 04?
« on: June 13, 2004, 10:10:00 PM »
Hey y'all!  I just finished my first year at Cap, so if you have questions, post them here and I'll do my best to answer. :)

I was a part-time student with a full-time job my first year.  legalkitty is right--the key is keeping up.  However, if you find yourself behind on your reading, don't try to go back (at least not until a weekend or something when you have some "extra" time).  Just go ahead and prepare for the material that will be covered during that day's class. 

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: StoreLaw????
« on: July 14, 2005, 03:30:03 PM »
I used StoreLaw my first year.  It was nice for while, but I prefer plain ol' MS Word.  I'm  big on bullet points and it's easier to use them in Word.  Also, Storelaw is very case-driven.  Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have that information in front of you during class, but when it comes to generating an outline, I prefer to leave a lot of that stuff out. 

Also, I learn a lot by condensing my notes into an outline.  It was too easy to rely on StoreLaw's automatic outline-making function--I rarely reviewed my notes until right before the exam because I wanted to make sure I had everything in there before I "created" my outline. 

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Cost of books for first year?
« on: July 14, 2005, 03:22:59 PM »
My first semester books cost $500, but the good news was that I hardly bought anything the second semester--I used all of the casebooks for the entire year.

Second year, on the other hand . . . start saving your pennies now, you're gonna need them!

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Outlines?!?
« on: November 26, 2004, 06:34:03 PM »
My personal plan at this point is to use StoreLaw. The program already has built-in commercial outlines keyed to various texts, and I plan on adding my own notes to the outline already there. I think that having a "skeleton" will help me in the beginning, since I also have not a clue as to how to get started. I know that I MUST have some order in my material or I get frustrated.

Just so you know, the "outlines" that you can download from StoreLaw are just the casebook's table of contents in electronic form.  There is no substantive material in them. 

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