How will I know what I need to know?

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nodummy
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How will I know what I need to know?

Postby nodummy » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:31 pm

It's the second week of 1L classes and despite reading many cases I don't feel as if I've learned much of anything. Is this a problem? When will I start to feel like I'm learning at least some of what may or may not be on the final? Each of my prof's has blocked access to their old exams so I can't see their prior testing methods.

Also, should I be taking notes during class? I've been noting small things pertaining directly to the cases and hypotheticals, however I've mostly just been listening to the conversation hoping to gain some understanding as to what's going on. Would you say this passive gameplan is a bad idea? If so, what do you recommend noting during class? How do I know what I need to know?

seatown12
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Re: How will I know what I need to know?

Postby seatown12 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:45 pm

just figure out why the decision was reached in the case, then try to apply that logic to other factual situations, then try to figure out the general rule for deciding cases involving this legal issue, and write that down

your question is basically "how do I law school?"

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Re: How will I know what I need to know?

Postby typ3 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:55 pm

seatown12 wrote:just figure out why the decision was reached in the case, then try to apply that logic to other factual situations, then try to figure out the general rule for deciding cases involving this legal issue, and write that down

your question is basically "how do I law school?"


TITCR.

Go get E&E if you really don't know what to learn or try to glance at an outline and practice exam or two.




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