- Start outlining from the first day of class. Your first semester grades will be one of the biggest most influential factors in your law school career. If you drop the ball, then you will spend the next 2.5 years trying to recover. If you do very well, you will have a wealth of opportunities at your door. The best way to make sure you do poorly the first semester is to wait too long to start outlining. Every year, the single biggest "what if" I ALWAYS hear from 1Ls is "What if I started outlining in September?" It is easy to do if you maintain a running outline each week. Simply add your class notes, case notes, etc to it after each class. By the end of the semester, it has built itself. While everyone is writing outlines for the first time, you are reviewing yours for the 4th. - Learn to read and brief a case before law school. DeLaney has a great book on case briefing with some examples in there. If you can learn this before law school, I don't think you will feel as lost as other students the first month.
A couple questions: 1) I had thought that outlining is a very compressed version of case summaries, theories discussed in class, and any other points of interest. Is that correct?2) Is this the DeLaney book you are referring to? http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Legal-Reasoning-Briefing-Analysis/dp/0960851445/ref=sr_1_3/104-5040445-7620739?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176384946&sr=1-3