Naked Dude wrote:
chimp wrote:Law school is a marathon, not a sprint. Maintain a modest pace and wait until you can see the finish line before you start going HAM.
It seems like it's very important to avoid getting psyched out. Basically, all I've been doing is keeping up with my reading and taking notes (and uh barely keeping up with LRW...ugh). I realized quickly that overloading on supplements for every class so early in was going to drown me. I've only been cracking the E&E when confused (I felt it best to "save" the examples for later, or maybe that's just laziness...), just for the sake of SANITY. Honestly, it took me a long, long time to get over the guilt that comes with not briefing or book briefing, but I think it's finally past. It's a little frustrating to not remember cases in detail from a week ago when brought up, but I'm trying to chill-that's what outlining is for right? I feel bad for not being in high gear or whatever sometimes, but I think that's still a few weeks off. Putting the work in and forgetting about it seems to work so far, though I guess I won't know for a while.
Avoid the hype. However, at the same time, learning the material now will avoid running into a brick wall later in the semester. Reading the E&E's and doing the questions really helps me with the understanding. It's easy to think about hypothetical in class. It's another thing writing down your answer and seeing if it's correct in an E&E.
There are other supplements (like CALI) that can be used at the end of the semester to help with practice. Also, by the end of the semester you can reuse the E&E questions with limited success (you might remember some of the questions.)
For me it's all about efficiency. Detailed briefs don't make sense -- don't do them. Taking excessive class notes doesn't make sense -- don't do it. Do what has the best cost-benefit return. Keep going at a steady pace and make sure not to burn out.