I have done the combination of book breifing and actually writing up the brief. I think that this is affective. I have everything I need for class right before me. I only type out the very important details that I will need to study. After class, I add in my notes as to what the Prof thought was important. This is to help my outline, and try and decrease placing un-stressed facts into my brief.The net affect after one week, I have more time to understand the case, and I have spent less time just typing (more time).Just to be specific on details, the book has everything that you would type out (duh), I only mark them for quick access when I am asked a question. I use a different color highlighter to hit each point (Fact, Holding, Issue, etc) and I write in the margin how one relates to the other. Example, if I have a Minor Deduction by the court, I mark it as such. I than will mark the part of facts they apply the minor deduction to. Anyway, so far it is working for me, and I am less stressed about the time of reading and typing out the brief.
You only type up the important points that you need for study....I thought that's what the brief was supposed to be.Am I missing a point?
I never really thought the point of a brief was class use. Sure it can help when you need to recite on a case, but if you just recently read the material you shouldn't really NEED it. I have really found the briefs to be beneficial when it is finals-time. Here is my study-tip to 1L's: before your final, go through each brief. Read only the facts you have written. From the facts alone(if you have chosen them wisely), you should be able to recognize the issue AND the analysis the under the black-letter law. In all likelihood, this will be the single most important skill on any final exam you will take.
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