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tram988
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Casenotes

Postby tram988 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:55 pm

Do you guys recommend buying casenotes for each class for 1L?

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Re: Casenotes

Postby Welp2277 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:04 pm

tram988 wrote:Do you guys recommend buying casenotes for each class for 1L?

Not unless you want to waste money.

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Re: Casenotes

Postby tram988 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:07 pm

fair enough. Any suggestions on how I can compare my brief to some sort of model? I've heard lexis/westlaw?

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Re: Casenotes

Postby Welp2277 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:36 pm

tram988 wrote:fair enough. Any suggestions on how I can compare my brief to some sort of model? I've heard lexis/westlaw?

If you want you can usually do a google search and find some canned briefs. Just be aware that anyone can upload a brief on the internet, and sometimes the people who do this are morons. The ability to correctly analyze a case will come with time, and usually any mistakes or errors you make while you do your reading should be cleared up in class by the professor or your fellow classmates. Like you said, lexis has (from what I've heard) decent briefs. However, I think they're pretty bare bones.

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Re: Casenotes

Postby tram988 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:44 pm

Welp2277 wrote:
tram988 wrote:fair enough. Any suggestions on how I can compare my brief to some sort of model? I've heard lexis/westlaw?

If you want you can usually do a google search and find some canned briefs. Just be aware that anyone can upload a brief on the internet, and sometimes the people who do this are morons. The ability to correctly analyze a case will come with time, and usually any mistakes or errors you make while you do your reading should be cleared up in class by the professor or your fellow classmates. Like you said, lexis has (from what I've heard) decent briefs. However, I think they're pretty bare bones.

Thanks I appreciate your help!! Would you recommend fully briefing my cases for the first few weeks of class and then switching to a more efficient LEEWS (2-4 line) approach?

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Re: Casenotes

Postby Welp2277 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:49 pm

tram988 wrote:
Welp2277 wrote:
tram988 wrote:fair enough. Any suggestions on how I can compare my brief to some sort of model? I've heard lexis/westlaw?

If you want you can usually do a google search and find some canned briefs. Just be aware that anyone can upload a brief on the internet, and sometimes the people who do this are morons. The ability to correctly analyze a case will come with time, and usually any mistakes or errors you make while you do your reading should be cleared up in class by the professor or your fellow classmates. Like you said, lexis has (from what I've heard) decent briefs. However, I think they're pretty bare bones.

Thanks I appreciate your help!! Would you recommend fully briefing my cases for the first few weeks of class and then switching to a more efficient LEEWS (2-4 line) approach?

Honestly, I'd recommend doing whatever you are comfortable with in order to fully grasp the rules in the case, and how the judges have applied those rules to the facts. For a few of my classes the professors really wanted us to cite the names of cases when mentioning rules of law in the rule statement of our exams, additionally, some exam questions involved the necessity do differentiate or qualify examples with similar, but differing fact patterns. In order to learn the material I briefed every case, all year. Some people will tell you this is a waste of time, and perhaps it is, but it is what I was comfortable with... and I ended up with really good grades. Just do what helps you learn the law.




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