OFFICIAL 1L Exam Prep & Motivation Thread (CSWS)

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Re: OFFICIAL 1L Exam Prep & Motivation Thread (CSWS)

Postby Bronck » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:33 pm

PinkLotus wrote:When are y'all planning to take full PTs? I think April 1 sounds good--first exam is on the April 30.


Last semester, the month before exams stared, I tried to do 1 a week (basically, rotate a new class every week), and then cram PTs in during the reading period (I actually took no practice exams for Ks and only 2 for Civ Pro). It's more compact this semester with an additional class, so I may mix it up a little, haven't decided yet.
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Postby SportsFan » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:34 pm

Bronck wrote:
stillwater wrote:
Bronck wrote:I skip cases and read the canned briefs / westlaw headnotes.

I do, however, read the notes in the book.


hm, interesting. hows it work out for you?


~Top quarter right now.

Think of it this way: I never re-open the casebook. I never remember anything from the cases if I do read them. My outlines are supplement + canned brief + notes driven. I usually don't get many useful things out of class. I will, however, jot down particular things that the prof likes, and note any discrepancies with the text.

This is what I'm trying to do this semester, since I think last semester I relied too much on the notes I took from reading the casebook and from class. Do you read supplements as you get to the topic in class, or just when you're making your outlines (if that makes any sense)?

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Postby Bronck » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:35 pm

SportsFan wrote:This is what I'm trying to do this semester, since I think last semester I relied too much on the notes I took from reading the casebook and from class. Do you read supplements as you get to the topic in class, or just when you're making your outlines (if that makes any sense)?


I leave the supplements for when I make my outlines (1-1.5 months before finals). I don't see any reason to do them contemporaneously with the class, since I'll just forget that info by the time I start outlining anyway. I try to compact the real understanding of the subjects as close (realistically) to the exams as possible.

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Postby salix » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:37 pm

PinkLotus wrote:Who else stopped case briefing? It's such a time sink, but I'm starting to think it might be worth in in Con Law, as I also have closed book! ^

Any other lady CSWS'ers? This thread seems rather bro-heavy... :lol:



Over here, Pink Lotus!

And yes, it's a bro-heavy thread, but the energy these guys have is AMAZING. Definitely inspired me last December.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:38 pm

Bronck wrote:
SportsFan wrote:This is what I'm trying to do this semester, since I think last semester I relied too much on the notes I took from reading the casebook and from class. Do you read supplements as you get to the topic in class, or just when you're making your outlines (if that makes any sense)?


I leave the supplements for when I make my outlines (1-1.5 months before finals). I don't see any reason to do them contemporaneously with the class, since I'll just forget that info by the time I start outlining anyway. I try to compact the real understanding of the subjects as close (realistically) to the exams as possible.


This. Esp for CivPro last semester. The run up to the exam was reading Freer, consolidating my margin notes into an "outline"/"outlines" and reading Freer again. Then I hit critical mass and beastmode.

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Postby Bronck » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:42 pm

stillwater wrote:
Bronck wrote:
SportsFan wrote:This is what I'm trying to do this semester, since I think last semester I relied too much on the notes I took from reading the casebook and from class. Do you read supplements as you get to the topic in class, or just when you're making your outlines (if that makes any sense)?


I leave the supplements for when I make my outlines (1-1.5 months before finals). I don't see any reason to do them contemporaneously with the class, since I'll just forget that info by the time I start outlining anyway. I try to compact the real understanding of the subjects as close (realistically) to the exams as possible.


This. Esp for CivPro last semester. The run up to the exam was reading Freer, consolidating my margin notes into an "outline"/"outlines" and reading Freer again. Then I hit critical mass and beastmode.


For ConLaw, I'm doing Chemerinsky for cases + book notes. It's a little bit different, but we'll see how it works. I think I'll read the connecting sections in Chemerinsky when I start making my outlines so I can develop a more comprehensive understanding of the subject.

The week before finals period, I actually dedicated to re-reading large swaths of the supplements for each class (e.g., 2 days for Ks, 2 days for Torts, etc). It was a nice prelude to going into the PTs, since myoutlines were also finished.

Finals period was 100% PTs + creating an attack outline. It helped me refine my knowledge of the subject and also taught me how to apply the law.

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Postby Jsa725 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:42 pm

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Postby SportsFan » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:45 pm

Bronck wrote:
SportsFan wrote:This is what I'm trying to do this semester, since I think last semester I relied too much on the notes I took from reading the casebook and from class. Do you read supplements as you get to the topic in class, or just when you're making your outlines (if that makes any sense)?


I leave the supplements for when I make my outlines (1-1.5 months before finals). I don't see any reason to do them contemporaneously with the class, since I'll just forget that info by the time I start outlining anyway. I try to compact the real understanding of the subjects as close (realistically) to the exams as possible.

Thanks. Makes sense.

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Postby LetsGoLAW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:48 pm

Yesterday? Couldn't stop. Wouldn't stop.
Tomorrow? G.R.I.N.D. Get Ready It's a New Day.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:51 pm

LetsGoLAW wrote:Yesterday? Couldn't stop. Wouldn't stop.
Tomorrow? G.R.I.N.D. Get Ready It's a New Day.


yeaaaaaaaaaaaa

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Postby Jsa725 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:52 pm

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Postby RoseAberlone » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:52 pm

Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)

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Postby BlueLotus » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:53 pm

LetsGoLAW wrote:Yesterday? Couldn't stop. Wouldn't stop.
Tomorrow? G.R.I.N.D. Get Ready It's a New Day.


Our crew leader has returned!!

^Oh, and Rose, you have nothing to be worried about--haven't starting my outlines yet, and just recently dove into the supps.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:55 pm

RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.

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Postby LetsGoLAW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:57 pm

C'mon baby, where would I go?

Oh yeah, library till 11 PM every night. In the beginning of the semester, I felt like this:

stillwater wrote:
RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.


I happily hit top third, secured a nice summer job, but I encountered people who hit top 5% by doing absolutely nothing. A stain on the CSWS banner. Fuck that, bros.

But you know what? Find your mistakes, shift the game plan, AND DOMINATE.

HAHA. KIDS, I'M BACK. GET READY FOR CSWS/G.R.I.N.D. STARTING NOW!
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Postby Jhausie » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:59 pm

PinkLotus wrote:what's a good supplement for the Singer Property casebook?


Understanding Property Law 3rd Edition by John G. Sprankling

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Postby RoseAberlone » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:01 pm

stillwater wrote:
RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.


That's what I keep trying to convince myself, but I feel like all my classmates are taking lessons from last semester and I am SO uninspired to do more than the minimum. Don't want to be complacent, which is why I came here.

Oh and also I'm (maybe obviously) a lady, to the person who asked earlier.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:28 pm

RoseAberlone wrote:
stillwater wrote:
RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.


That's what I keep trying to convince myself, but I feel like all my classmates are taking lessons from last semester and I am SO uninspired to do more than the minimum. Don't want to be complacent, which is why I came here.

Oh and also I'm (maybe obviously) a lady, to the person who asked earlier.


I like the contracts allusion for your handle. GREAT CASE.

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Postby 005618502 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:25 pm

LetsGoLAW wrote:C'mon baby, where would I go?

Oh yeah, library till 11 PM every night. In the beginning of the semester, I felt like this:

stillwater wrote:
RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.


I happily hit top third, secured a nice summer job, but I encountered people who hit top 5% by doing absolutely nothing. A stain on the CSWS banner. Fuck that, bros.

But you know what? Find your mistakes, shift the game plan, AND DOMINATE.

HAHA. KIDS, I'M BACK. GET READY FOR CSWS/G.R.I.N.D. STARTING NOW!


Dude, this thread definitely missed you. I am happy to not know anyone who did nothing and absolutely crushed it. Though I do have a friend with same grades as me who did a lot less (still worked hard I think)... that was not the best news haha

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Postby LetsGoLAW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:48 pm

AssumptionRequired wrote:
LetsGoLAW wrote:C'mon baby, where would I go?

Oh yeah, library till 11 PM every night. In the beginning of the semester, I felt like this:

stillwater wrote:
RoseAberlone wrote:Hey guys, long-time lurker here. Hoping to use your energy to keep myself motivated through this horrible weather/semester. In pretty good shape after the fall, but I've been really dragging my heels to get work done this semester. Still getting all the reading done, stopped briefing early last semester, not feeling ready to outline this early. Keep meaning to incorporate supplements into my reading as I go but haven't quite gotten there. Thanks for all the pep talks :)


You are more than fine. I am barely treading water with respect to reading. A day ahead, a day behind.


I happily hit top third, secured a nice summer job, but I encountered people who hit top 5% by doing absolutely nothing. A stain on the CSWS banner. Fuck that, bros.

But you know what? Find your mistakes, shift the game plan, AND DOMINATE.

HAHA. KIDS, I'M BACK. GET READY FOR CSWS/G.R.I.N.D. STARTING NOW!


Dude, this thread definitely missed you. I am happy to not know anyone who did nothing and absolutely crushed it. Though I do have a friend with same grades as me who did a lot less (still worked hard I think)... that was not the best news haha


Infers the subjectivity element of grading. Or perhaps the professors really do throw exams down the stairs.

Anyway, I am re-reading Getting To Maybe, reviewing my tests with my professors, and doing all the E&E problems this semester.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:50 pm

I heard the Crim E&E is garbage. What are people doing for hypos?

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Postby LetsGoLAW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:50 pm

stillwater wrote:I heard the Crim E&E is garbage. What are people doing for hypos?


E&Es and practice exams.

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Postby stillwater » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:53 pm

LetsGoLAW wrote:
stillwater wrote:I heard the Crim E&E is garbage. What are people doing for hypos?


E&Es and practice exams.


I meant for Crim specifically. I am usually a big fan of the E&E hypos for the most part.

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Postby LetsGoLAW » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:12 am

stillwater wrote:
LetsGoLAW wrote:
stillwater wrote:I heard the Crim E&E is garbage. What are people doing for hypos?


E&Es and practice exams.


I meant for Crim specifically. I am usually a big fan of the E&E hypos for the most part.


Siegel's.

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LetsGoLAW wrote:Siegel's.

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Siegel's for K is really good too




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