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What will you use to take notes and create outlines?

Outlining Software
 2 (10%)
MS Word on my laptop
 14 (70%)
Legal Pad/Notebook
 1 (5%)
What?  I have to take notes?
 3 (15%)

Total Members Voted: 19

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ruskiegirl

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Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« on: July 01, 2004, 06:01:30 AM »
I recently came across this software and am thinking about getting it.  It looks like a great organizational tool and 65 bucks seems worth it if it saves me time.

http://www.discovery-press.com/lbshowcase/sc_storelaw.html

What do you guys think?

jgruber

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2004, 09:04:47 AM »
I was thinking of getting some kind of outline software.  Did you read the posts on the student side?

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2004, 09:08:13 AM »
FYI, they're at v. 3.0 now.

https://www.storelaw.com/index.html

See the Students/Graduates board for more of my thoughts, but i'm still not sure exactly what I'm going to use.  Mostly because I'm not exactly sure what types of notes I'll be taking in law school  :)

ruskiegirl

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2004, 09:19:15 AM »
I assume that the new version probably addressed some of the bugs from the previous versions of the software.  I'm leaning towards getting it.  If a few weeks into the semester I decide I don't like it, I can paste the info into MS Word and go back to the basics of outlining.

ruskiegirl

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2004, 11:13:42 AM »
The new version adds a feauture that enables you to use free outline templates from the site.  They have some of the most popular casebooks already listed and are adding new ones every day!

I am almost sold!

Ginatio

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2004, 11:31:20 AM »
The free outlines may be worth it... but I downloaded the demo version and I didn't think it was worth it. the interface wasn't too intuitive, and I don't think it'd be much of an organizational benefit over just saving your outlines in organized directories

ruskiegirl

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2004, 11:40:07 AM »
The free outlines may be worth it... but I downloaded the demo version and I didn't think it was worth it. the interface wasn't too intuitive, and I don't think it'd be much of an organizational benefit over just saving your outlines in organized directories

I just downloaded it too, and it wasn't bad. 

I tried outlining for two of my ugrad classes (con law and business law) in MS Word and it got messy and confusing.  I really like the fact that the program uses all the little tabs to organize things.

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2004, 11:49:13 AM »
I think my current plan is to try MS OneNote first, and see how that works (since theres a free trial).

I agree, storelaw doesnt seem very logical in its organization.

jgruber

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2004, 12:01:23 PM »
I downloaded and installed OneNote.  It crashed when I tried to use it.

here's a thread on the student side.


http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php/topic,414.0.html


I think my current plan is to try MS OneNote first, and see how that works (since theres a free trial).

I agree, storelaw doesnt seem very logical in its organization.

Ginatio

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Re: Outlining and Note Taking Methods
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2004, 12:03:38 PM »
I installed onenote as well. it didn't crash, and seemed way more intuitive than storelaw... but with the drawback of not being able to support those free outlines that can be integrated into storelaw.

I downloaded and installed OneNote.  It crashed when I tried to use it.

here's a thread on the student side.


http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/students/index.php/topic,414.0.html


I think my current plan is to try MS OneNote first, and see how that works (since theres a free trial).

I agree, storelaw doesnt seem very logical in its organization.