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Postby WhirledWorld » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:57 pm

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby ph14 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:00 pm

WhirledWorld wrote:I didn't use mine last summer, and I didn't know any lawyers that used theirs, but if you're a junior associate and your outlines are still up to date, I can see you using a corporate tax outline that you made yourself as a reference point.

I'm wondering if there's any value to these things beyond the bar.


At least at my school, no class that i'm aware of is jurisdiction specific. So an outline would be mainly useless, except perhaps as a starting spot to orient yourself.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby WhirledWorld » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:02 pm

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby Aqualibrium » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:02 pm

Like the above poster says, if you've still got em you might use them to orient yourself with an area of law. I have seen a lot of people keep their barprep book that has the different subject matter outlines in it for that reason...don't know how much they actually reference it. I had a fellow associate ask me if I had mine so he could look something up a few months ago...
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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:02 pm

I graduated in 2011. The only thing I've used mine for has been as a quick reminder of what the class actually covered when I've interviewed for jobs in a particular area (i.e. skimming my Labor Law outline before interviewing for a labor law job). But in actual work (I'm a clerk), no.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:49 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:I graduated in 2011. The only thing I've used mine for has been as a quick reminder of what the class actually covered when I've interviewed for jobs in a particular area (i.e. skimming my Labor Law outline before interviewing for a labor law job). But in actual work (I'm a clerk), no.


Outlines from my crim pro professor apparently still circulate at the office I'm interning with right now.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby bdubs » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:35 pm

I used my class materials all of one time over the summer and even that time was really only because of faulty memory of a case's logic.

99% of the issues you will research are way more specific and nuanced than your law school course material. If anyone could just pick up a coursebook or outline to find "the answer" then lawyers wouldn't get paid very much.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby Drake014 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:46 pm

WhirledWorld wrote:I didn't use mine last summer, and I didn't know any lawyers that used theirs, but if you're a junior associate and your outlines are still up to date, I can see you using a corporate tax outline that you made yourself as a reference point.

I'm wondering if there's any value to these things beyond the bar.


I've looked at prior memos I wrote to give me reminders on structure. I've known another lawyer to do the same. I've also known a federal clerk I worked with to reference her school outline relating to a particular area of law.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby Renzo » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:15 pm

Never. I would just pull a treatise and get what I need.

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby thesealocust » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:04 pm

Every now and then I'll punch phrases into google to try and find authority for some obscure point of law and will find a result in an outline somebody posted online. 100% of the time the outline has been useless, but it's always funny to be in an outline trying to solve a legal question :lol:

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Re: Do lawyers ever use their law school outlines in practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:51 am

Worked part time during the year at a small criminal defense firm. I was tasked with drafting a motion to suppress based on a Fourth Amendment issue and actually did use my outline to remember the cases regarding car searches. Just a jumping off point to pull up on Westlaw and go from there. Maybe my memory is worse than other people's, but I remember concepts but not the cases that correspond.




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