Definately write your own. When you assimilate the material it helps cement it in your head. That is going to help your analysis on the exam when you do it yourself. I did not do very well my first semester because of this, then when I wrote my own my grades improved dramatically. You should get the top student outline and use it to make sure that you do not have any holes in the outline. Also, use it get an idea of how to assimilate the material. Bottom line, it will help you for the exam to do it yourself.
Hi fellow law students,I'm a 1L on the verge of complete burn-out, as most of us are at this point trudging closer and closer to finals...Soon we shall be free free at last...I had a q that perhaps 2Ls or 3Ls could answer or even 1L's who've confronted this dilemma...as we all know, former outlines are so tempting to 1L's esp. those like me who take an ETERNITY and then some to complete an outline and feel "satisfied" that tis a good one;) Thanks to the general camarederie amonst some of my law school classmates, I've come across several outlines written by former top students who took t/same course/same prof. If u had a choice bw a)writing ur own outlines or b)memorize off a former top student (we're talking top 1 percent!?!) outline who took the same course/same prof...what would u do?? Essentially, my q is: is it more important to memorize the info OR to pound it into ur cranium by doing the actual typing up of the outline??? Obviously, the latter helps w/memory retention, but in my experience, doing the outline will severely cut down the time i can do practice tests and actually memorize the darn thang! keeping in mind that ur first final is coming up in no less than a week and a half!?! (ok breathe) Also, another caveat: The top student former outlines have been passed around like SARS throughout my class. God knows who doesn't have a copy! COnsidering the infamous curve system, would doing ur own outline be beneficial in that regard??? Due to lack of time. One has gotta make a decision. Thanks to 4 months of sleep deprivation it took me sev weeks to do a thorough Crim Pro outline. Don't ask. It's quite embarassing, but hey, it's extremely thorough... pooha Yes I thought i was intellectually inquisitive prior to law school. Now? JUST GIMME THE RULE I SAY! That's my 2nd semester attitude...hopefully this indolence will fade once the last day of finals is finito. ANY advice would help...thank you so much...i hope one day if i ever survive this, i'll be able to help other 1L's...death by law school, there's no other term for it is there? death by law school