Desert Fox wrote:Nah, I'm no slacker genius.
But I did a lot better in classes I used someone else's outline for.
Most 1Ls end up spending a ridiculous amount of time on their outline. Many people I know were working on outlines until a day or two before the exam day. And then there is the issue of quality. I just don't make a very good outline.
I'm sure some people find making an outline to be great study time. It isn't for me, but everyone learns differently. But it's definitely not the most efficient. So unless you start far ahead of time, I don't think it's worth it.
I'm sorry to jump on the bandwagon but I totally agree with this. To be honest, I'm not sure who started the whole outlining thing but frankly, I think for most people it's a waste of time. I think the only reason people become obsessed with them is that it's a part of law school tradition, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.
My problems with outlining
1. It takes an ENORMOUS amount of time to properly outline a class.
I mean seriously, it really does. Someone on here mentioned it already but it may take you something like 40 hours to outline a class. Most 1Ls have 3-4 classes. That's up to 160 hours outlining!!!!
You do not have that kind of time!!!! Your time is too important during 1L to spend it "outlining" for 40 hours.
2. You DO NOT learn much from outlining.
I'm sorry, but I don't know why people think that they learn more by rotely typing and reorganizing notes. Let me ask people something: did you ever "outline" in college? Do you know any medical students, MBA's, or other graduate students who "outline"? Do you think that they do not know how to study but that for some strange reason law students do? You are better off spending 40 hours reading, memorizing, and learning a subject from a ready made outline or your notes than by retyping stuff for 40 hours. AKA what EVERY other form of higher education student does. Law has this weird mentality where it thinks that it's unique way of doing things is the best way, even when every other form of academia has abandoned that method. But that's a story for another day...
3. It takes time away from doing practice exams;
which is FAR more important than outlining. Having a perfectly typed outline is not going to help you on a 3 hour type fest issue spotter exam. Which is what 90 percent of 1L finals are.