tagI'm going to start a version 1 of 3 outlines in september. Every section/chapter we complete, or every 2 weeks. I plan to process the information early and spend november reviewing old stuff and finishing off the last parts.
I saw some people recommended NOT starting on outlines until november...
Anyone think this idea is risky or do many people agree that it can be done effectively and comprehensively?
I want to be able to see the whole forest hence version 2, and 3 which will be condensed outlines but I want to know every tree (Version 1). Version three will focus down to what I need to prepare for the exam. i don't know how this will work out since this will be the first time.
Wow. You are gonna be really friggin busy. Good luck with that and report back to us in a year. I agree you should make your own outlines, but this might be overkill. Just don't be too wedded to the idea that you have to do this, and be willing to adjust as your schedule requires.
Not sure if I posted this earlier, but here's what I did:
1) keep up with all the readings day-to-day and take copious notes in class.
2) start an outline mid-semester, and complete it on weekends. It should be done the week before finals.
3) sign up for BARBRI and go to all the lectures (including Whitebread's How to succeed on LS exams).
4) use barbri test prep materials and practice questions.
5) read Getting to Maybe. There is a lot of good info on how to include what your prof really wants.
6) take a ton of practice exams, including any and all from your professor as well as those from Harvard, American, Florida that have previous exams online and open to students from other schools.
7) I didn't use any supps 1st semester save the BARBRI practice questions.
I ended up well inside the top 5% of my class, so obviously it worked for me. It's definitely not innovative or rocket science. Not saying it will work for you, but don't think you have to do lots of work beforehand to do well.
On a side note, start networking as soon as you get to LS if not before. Volunteer for student organizations, local public interest legal services or even your local soup kitchen. And invent a reason to go to your state bar meetings and any alumni events your school hosts (ex: football homecoming picnics, etc). The earlier you start to make an impression and get your name out, the more opportunities you have for it to stick in the minds of hiring partners.