hey, okay, let me see if i can remember to get all the questions.1. dont worry about not being able to afford commercial outlines. I did not use one (well, okay, i used the bar bri one, but not much). I mostly used an outline bank from my school. Most schools have a bank of old outlines on the SBA website. if my professor was knew to the school, I pulled one off of NYU's outline bank. I felt like that had pretty comprehensive outlines, and I used it to make sure I was on track. I did not use their format though as their outlines are pretty big.2. As far as my outlining, I typically would spend all day saturday and sunday working on one class. I would get close to being done with that one class, then I would finish up as best I could the entire next week. the next saturday, I would put the outline I was working on away and start a new class even if I was not finished. I did this for four weeks, then revisited the outlines I was working on. It works significantly better to do one class at a time. Also, if you print all your notes/briefs, you can read one section of your notes (like one key topic in the book) over once. Then read the notes again with a highlighter and highlight the important stuff. Then take what was important from that section and put it into an outline.3. Cases: Remember your first memo in legal research and writing? You take about six cases, and extract the rules from those cases and put it into one big rule making notes of the exception. that is kinda how you outline. You take the relevant rules. Typically in classes, there is one old rule that was important, a middle rule, and a new rule. You take the case with the new rule and break the holding into numbers as sort of a check list. Then, ever case after the main case adds something to it, so you put little rules under neath of it that each case added. Oh, and you may want to do the same for the old section and the middle section of cases, even if they have been overruled. It wont take much space and may help if you get a policy question. Anyway, after every rule, i wwill put a little thing in parentheticals in small type saying (Asahi: valve stems, contact with state wasn't enough) I basically try to fit as much as I can in under the line. I dont usually go to a second line, so I will do as much as I can within those limits. 4. Do not start now. That is why you are having problems right now outlining. Wait till the middle or end of october. people start too early. I know I flipped out when people were outlining right away, but dont buy into it. 5. good luck. I know it is difficult to outline. look at a bunch of ones on your outline bank or from upperclassmen that have taken your class before to get ideas. In the end though, you have to do what works for you.
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