No, I put much more into my conversations than any law school work.I have come to the conclusion -- at least for the time being -- that I should write my own briefs. If I read a canned brief, it just won't stick in my brain. Things I read don't stay in my brain without extra effort. If I read a case and dig through it for the info needed for a brief, it sticks to my grey matter (ewwwww. what an image.) better.Truth be told, I've wasted more time over the last couple weeks than I've used. I think if I reintroduce some discipline into my routine, I'll be able to brief and understand the cases better.
I had my meeting with LWR prof yesterday to discuss my less than stellar performance on the last memo. I have to give her credit. she was consistent. If I had followed all her rules and directions, I might have gotten a better grade. My problem was that I disagreed with her rules and directions. When she wanted us to form our argument a certain way, it was not a suggestion. She gave us the best way to do it and if we departed from that it was less than good.I've learned my lesson and I hope in the future I'll be better at spotting these situations.
And now it has happened. We desperately cast about for help in studying for exams. We grab at outlines, briefs, notes and anything else from anyone who is at least a year ahead of us in school.And then you find it. A flaw in their materials and the thought hits you. Why are their materials any better than mine? Did they get it right? Did they get good grades? Why am I trusting virtual strangers with my legal future?