If you review this outline several times, and still go through your classnotes thoroughly and compare w/ the outline, you should be fine. I no longer outline on my unless I can't find an old outline to use. Instead, I take an old outline and add to some parts, shorten it, reword things, etc. so that it fits my classnotes and my needs. This review and editing process is more helpful for me than just recreating the wheel every semester. I did much better using this method for my 2 open book exams second semester 1L than I did first semester 1L, and I've used it ever since. (note, however, that I'm not sure how much my grade improvements were due to my change in outline strategy or just due to the fact that I "figured" law school out)
I mean that I figured out what exactly was important in terms of what to focus on studying, or that I honed my study time so that it fit my needs better, or that I figured out what precisely to write on exams, or maybe none of the above.I did pretty well first semester, but hit the ball out of the park second semester 1L, and have done extremely well since then. How much of it was attributable to changing out I outline vs. all these other things, I'm really not sure.
If you want to live a life that isn't obsessed with law than the best way to learn with least amount of work as possible is to have two fairly good outlines side by side and go through them with a supplement next by you. As you go through the outlines look at the main headings and prepare yourself mentally for easy issue spotting. That is, for any issue there is a set of facts that should trigger your mind. I always do this, re-writing outlines is a clearly a waste to me. Especially if you have a closed book exam. I like closed book exams because many law students actually are not good at arguing or analyzing they are just good at regurgitating outlines. I prefer in depth argumentation on exams and it has served me well. No I am not top 10% but i don't work very hard and have managed to keep my sanity by living my life and preparing for exams the same way that I plan to practice law. Law is not my obsession, living life in way that allows for sanity is my aim. So yes, if you want to be top 10% don't listen to me, but if you're a normal person (unlikely if you're in law school really) than study in a way where you feel sane and competent with the material.Live and let live.
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