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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #50 on: August 10, 2005, 03:05:25 PM »
Wow, great posts... I only have one thing to add, it worked great for me, might not work for you:

1. Do everything over the weekend.

I did all my reading (keeping up with the syllabus not the class, the class falls behind) on the weekend; I did not read for class during the week. Also little piddly assignments and things that we had, did them on the weekend, in advance. Also condensed notes/outline from the week prior, on the weekend. Reduced my stress 300% over most of my classmates. Pitied the people frantically trying to read right before class. Pitied the shock of people who realized two weeks before finals that the 300 pages we didn't get to in class actually were going to be on the test.

Obviously there are exceptions - those memo/brief assignments you have to work on pretty much constantly, for example.

But otherwise, give it a shot!

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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #51 on: August 10, 2005, 03:11:36 PM »
Great advice.  Thanks. 
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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #52 on: August 10, 2005, 03:22:24 PM »
Wow, great posts... I only have one thing to add, it worked great for me, might not work for you:

1. Do everything over the weekend.

I did all my reading (keeping up with the syllabus not the class, the class falls behind) on the weekend; I did not read for class during the week. Also little piddly assignments and things that we had, did them on the weekend, in advance. Also condensed notes/outline from the week prior, on the weekend. Reduced my stress 300% over most of my classmates. Pitied the people frantically trying to read right before class. Pitied the shock of people who realized two weeks before finals that the 300 pages we didn't get to in class actually were going to be on the test.

Obviously there are exceptions - those memo/brief assignments you have to work on pretty much constantly, for example.

But otherwise, give it a shot!

On average, how long did it take you to do all of your reading on weekends?

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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2005, 06:51:43 AM »

2. Do not study at all during the school year, except for the last week of your classes and during the exam period.

How about studying for Legal Writing classes? Do you really think you don't have to touch it a little bit?!


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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #54 on: August 22, 2005, 03:08:40 PM »
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Since each assigned case typically builds upon a legal rule illustrated in a previous case, it isn't until the end of the semester or, for some classes, the end of the year, that students begin to form an understanding of how these rules interrelate.

you mean, until the end of the semester, or for some classes, the end of the year, that students begin not to read the cases at all ..

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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #55 on: August 22, 2005, 04:40:38 PM »
To the 2Ls and 3Ls who posted here:
When did the lightbulb turn on and did it turn on at different times for different classes? Would you say that your understanding of the class was a result of all the pieces fitting together in your mind or is it because you tried different studying/note taking methods and one of them actually worked?
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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #56 on: August 22, 2005, 04:49:56 PM »
It was in my legal writing class.  Instead of merely reading caselaw for the sake of it, I was researching caselaw in order to find rules that helped me contruct an argument.  And suddenly I realized, "Hey, this is what lawyers do."  It may sound funny, but before that everything was just academic.  We had a practice exam , school wide in October, and I just wrote utter drivel.  I had no idea what a defense was for.

By exam time I knew that I was to make an argument.  A uses X rules of law to argument that B is liable because element/fact, element/fact ect.  B defends with defense 1, 2 and 3 because of fact z, d and t.  It is useful to pick a main case, preferably a modern one, and look up the briefs on Westlaw.  See how the lawyers on each side framed the arguments.  Then re-read the case and see how the judge decided which arguments had merit. 

Lawyers take a set of facts and search for the law.  Law students just start reading law with no problem to solve.  That is why they have no idea what they are doing for the first few months.     

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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2005, 04:57:34 PM »
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When did the lightbulb turn on and did it turn on at different times for different classes?

Pretty much at the same time for all classes ...
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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #58 on: September 06, 2005, 06:55:36 PM »
Don't let your classmates stress you out, especially around finals.

How about skipping school altogether around finals?!

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Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2005, 08:37:50 PM »
Yea, istically, soon somewhere in Texas will be missing many idiots!