I would really hesitate to criticize other's methods until grades come out. The person you think is the dumbest or the most behind, or the most naive may get the best grades.
I love what the OP said about THAT GUY who types incessently. Meet People you meet in Law School #4 The Stenographerhttp://ifartedintorts.blogspot.com/2005/08/people-you-meet-in-law-school-4.htmlSuper annoying. Why does everyone do this?
My contracts prof. requires briefs, and he is going to collect them next week. He doesn't care how informal they are though, and he just wants to be sure we're doing them because he believes they help. It's not for a grade and he won't collect them again. He certainly is no Nazi, in fact he's probably my favorite prof.So obviously I do them for that class, but as far as the others, I have typed the briefs for most cases but that may change soon. I have started experimenting with a couple of alternatives that I think I prefer:I think that when I type briefs I include way too much information and the typing is wasting time. I have found that when I handwrite the brief in my notebook, It stays extremely concise and yet I feel the key points remain clearly intact. For my torts class I use yet another speed method. After reading the case and book-briefing, I read the treatise my prof. wrote on tort law where it relates to the area (the treatise is practically an outline in itself), and I make sure to bring a copies of the canned briefs to class (actually they aren't commercial briefs, they were compiles last year by a 2L friend). Just some ideas. I guess only time will tell if I live to regret briefing in this way. For one thing, outlining probably is easier if you type all your briefs, but I do feel more efficient now and I have more time to spend understanding the cases instead of typing.