First post sums it up well. But I just want to emphasis that briefing is the biggest waste of time you can engage in. Thanks.
Also, I don't think that facts of the cases matter AT ALL. My exams were all essays were I applied the general rules and principles of the law to a specific fact pattern the teacher created. This style is used by many law schools. While the fact pattern sometimes bore resemblance to cases we read in class, the teacher did not expect us to cite the cases and wanted us only to apply the principles of the case to the hypothetical. On my outline, I had one sentence for every case (which summarized the holding and facts) and one or two bullet points, as needed, to capture specific rules or "big ideas" contained within the case.
Here's four simple tips to doing well in law school.1) Do ALL the reading. The teacher is assigning the material for a reason... and if you're a FT student without a job, then there's no excuse for not getting the reading done.2) Make your own outline. Making your own outline forces you to incorporate all the material yourself and figure out how it all goes together. You can use someone else's outline as a guide, or as a 2nd outline, but you need to really assemble the material for yourself.3) Don't rely on unassigned supplements. I've seen far too many people rely on Crunchtime and E&E and other supplements rather than actually putting in the work on the assigned material. If you want an explanation of something you didn't understand, then maybe a 'Mastering Torts' will be helpful, but remember... these are SUPPLEMENTS, not REPLACEMENTS for the actual cases.4) Pay attention to the cases listed in the notes section of the differetn casebooks, or any footnoted case that's more than just a citation. I've seen professors grab the facts from a footnote case and use that as the basis for an exam question.Good luck,Rob
Do the reading!!! Don't get carried away with supplements and do your own outline. Study groups will be hard to coordinate at first but it all falls into place eventually. Look for people who compliment your learning style that way what you miss they know and vice versa. Don't share your grades and be nice to everyone!
Quote from: MrDiggler on January 20, 2009, 08:48:55 PMFirst post sums it up well. But I just want to emphasis that briefing is the biggest waste of time you can engage in. Thanks.meh, depends on the class. I had a professor who didn't allow laptops in class, and his lessons were all structured around the one or two cases we'd be asked to read per class. I found that the most efficient way to take and organize class notes was to brief the cases the night before, print them out, then take notes on the back of each brief.especially as a 1L, briefing during the first semester helped me process the cases better and understand what it was I was supposed to be picking out of them. I stopped briefing for two of my three classes at different points in the semester, but I didn't think it was a waste of time while I was doing it.