XxSpyKEx wrote:+1. For FWIW, work ethic really has little to do with grades. I think common sense goes a lot further (which is something a lot people seem to lack in law school). It amuses me how many people fail to do basic things like attending class, paying attention in class, and taking notes, but then will spend countless hours reading supplements trying to make up for what they missed in class. The problem with that is law school is incredibly subjective and really just about leaning what the professor cares about, emphasizes, and wants to see, and emanuel's can't tell you that.
I took notes last semester because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. I did okay. This semester, I'm not taking any notes; I go to class and I pay attention, but I don't take notes. However, I am recording one class, and I'm paying to have the lectures transcribed. I then simply highlight the important areas in the 200-page transcript for the course (this worked well last semester).
I just think that taking notes is kind of useless, especially since I'm not the type of person who goes back and re-reads them. I like to get an overall mental picture of something; it doesn't do much for me if I have notes for a class, because they're usually incomplete, anyway. Because of this, I tend to do better if I read a lot about a given subject. For example, I've read the Property E&E, Gilbert's, and I'm working on Acing property...I learn better when I recognize the overlap between the different materials and see the material presented in a few different ways. I'm a very visual, spatial learner, so when I can "see" the author's reasoning as it pertains to the overarching premises, I tend to remember it much more vividly. Your mileage may vary, however.