aheisman wrote: You should definitely be familiar with everything in your outline/notes. However, regurgitating and writing rules over and over again sounds like a waste time. (Unless this is the format of your exam? Different professors have different methods of testing.) In my experience 1L year, at least, professors wanted us to apply the black letter law to different scenarios and problems, not regurgitate it back to them. If your professors are similar to mine, you should really be working on practice problems that involve applying the FRCP/BLL for whatever class.
for civ p... my prof is really big on using his exact wording, so i have no choice there.
for my other classes, it's more about writing out the 1-2 sentence explanation of the doctrine/bll. my thinking is... you have to write out the bll/doctrine whenever attacking an issue. so i figure i'll practice summarizing those rules/doctrines concisely so i have more time/focus for the analysis on exams (and it helps me remember the rules/doctrines). what part of my reasoning is out of whack? also, I do practice applying the law with hypos/e&e/etc.