Thanks, all, for the nice replies.
This is going to sound silly but how exactly do you outline? Do you just put the law and the counter law?
For me, outlining was basically a process of combining by reading notes, class notes, and case briefs and then culling it all down to what is most important. You will get a better hang of this as time goes on. First semester, I suggest getting an outline or two from students that had the class the previous year so you can compare yours to theirs to ensure that you are on the right track. I also think taking your outlines in to your professors makes sense, they can take a brief look at let you know if you are on the right track.
I'm going to go ahead and just be a dumb 0L: where can I get OneNote? I saw I can buy it from Microsoft for like $90, but that seems pretty steep. Do people buy it from their schools?
You can get a student version of MS Office pretty cheaply. OneNote is on there. I like OneNote because you don't even have to hit "Save" every three seconds, it does it automatically. You can just flip the laptop shut and you're done.
Don't lump the E&E for CivPro in with the other ones...Glannon basically taught me CivPro.
This is a very important point- to each their own on ALL OF THIS. If an E&E works for you, stick with it. I bought a few, read them every now and then and found the hornbooks infinitely more helpful.
Also, my CivPro class was very rules focused so that could be why I never found the E&E helpful. Venue, jurisdiction, choice of law, Erie, etc., seemed so complicated at the time and now seems altogether elementary after working for a court for a few weeks. Law school has the tendency to over-complicate things.