I don't have the time to go into all your concerns, but here's a distinction:You brief cases as you do the reading BEFORE class. This is so you can learn/know the impt. facts, the rule, the holding, etc. and if you get called on, you'll at least have some idea what's going on.You outline classes after the fact, so you can incorporate the reading notes you took and what the professor said in class.I suggest you pick up Law School Confidential, or at least stop by a book store or library and flip through the first couple chapters. The book is kind of intense, and I didn't follow its study "schedule" but it at least gives you an overview of the basics.