ThinkNegative wrote:I'm constantly behind on my reading. It's an emergency so I triage:
— Read the BLL (Restatements Torts & Contracts; UCC; Model Penal Code; Statutes for CivPro)
— If I have time, I skim the notes on the material in the casebooks;
— If I have more time, I skim the actual cases in the casebooks.
Am I doing this right?
I hate being totally confused in class, but at least the BLL orients me to WTF is being discussed.
How much of the the UCC in contracts and the MPC in Crim do you focus on?
Do you just focus on the specific ones that are mentioned with the reading/in class??
Before getting hung up on specific portions of the code, ask your prof specifically what you need. I know first year, my prof wanted MPC and common law. Some crim classes were not obligated to do both. The same goes for UCC v. Restatement. We did tons of UCC, but also are able to take sales later. I took that 2L and many of my classmates did not focus heavily on the UCC in contracts. Like anything, statutes are very professor specific. Also, get a feel for whether you have to cite to these provisions or if you can just generally talk about them.
When in doubt, or even if you already know, get a professor to go over what they want in office hours. If they'll look over an exam answer from a practice exam, even better. There is no question that is too stupid. I like to go to office hours, ask questions (even if they feel dumb), and then get the correct answers on the exam. Don't let anyone make you feel stupid for attending office hours. If you don't understand something and are too afraid to go to office hours or think you're too smart for them, that's the stupid move.
I say this often, I think law school exams are extremely learnable. I'm by no stretch the brightest crayon in the box (bottom 25% lsat for my school), yet I am currently and will likely (3L) finish in the top 5 in my class. You don't have to be a genius to get this stuff. If you put in the work and do the practice exams, you'll likely be just fine.