I take my books, the briefs I create for the cases, and the notes I take out of the book with me to class. My friends like using their laptops to take notes but I find it distracts me more than it helps.Second your time calculation is a little low. To score at the top of your class you will need to put in approx 3 1/2 - 4 hours per hour in class, thus for 15 credits you should be studying 54-60 hrs a week. It is not as bad as it sounds, you will be able to put in 3-5 hours on campus during the day leaving only 3-4 for home. At the beginning of the semester the reading and briefing is going to take you forever but you should get faster as the semester progresses. Outlining shouldn't begin, at least for 1st semester 1L's until at least the 1/4 mark. If you try to start before that you will not have enough material and the product you produce will likely be low quality since you will still be learning how to brief and identify issues. Stay away from canned briefs such as high courts and so on, they are useless. They are the law students guide to being bottom 1/3.Lastly, quit worrying about LS. Enjoy your last summer, do not buy any other those guides to law school or success books they are also useless.
Hey,I'll be starting law school in August. I'm sure these topics will be covered at orientation, but I'm curious now.What are the typical items brought to class on any given day of class? Laptop? Textbooks? Anything specific that has helped you in the past? Do students find it easier to take all notes on a laptop?Also, they say that for every hour of class you have each day, that is 2 hours of studying you must do. Why so much studying? What kind of studying is there to do? Outlining? Reading? Please explain.Thank you in advance!!
-Laptop with MS word; organize the windows so you can have half the screen for notes and half the screen for your class' chat and/or Tetris.-Book for the class-Snus