I foolishly chose to be a "big fish in a small pond" and forego better schools I was accepted to, take the scholarship money, and get to the top of the class. At the time I had no idea how stupid an idea this was. Luckily, so far it has worked out, as I have done really well. What I didn't realize is how capable and hardworking all of my TTT classmates would be. I've never worked harder at anything in my life than the first semester of law school. Here is the grade I received for each class, and why I think I received it.
Civ Pro - A
Attended class and paid attention more so than the next I suppose. Took really good notes and incorporated them into my outline. Exam was open note.
Torts - A
Read and briefed every case, read the E&E like a bible, read Epstein on Torts, paid attention in class, attended every class, took a ton of practice exams with my study group, and listened to the Sum & Substance audio CDs. The practice exams were the most important thing. Honestly, taking a timed exam, and then discussing answers with others provides a unique perspective that I thought was invaluable to the process. Closed note issue spotter.
Property – A
Read and briefed every case, attended every class and paid attention, read the Emannuels outline in conjunction with class readings. Closed note.
Contracts – B+
I worked the hardest in this class. Read and briefed every case, took good notes, read the E&E, Farnsworth hornbook, and the audio CD’s. Closed note issue spotter.
Legal Writing – A
Just revise, revise, revise. The tutors were also extremely helpful. I would go through my memo and write lists of questions I had about it, bring them to the tutors and get their opinions, which they were happy to offer.
I also read GTM, but am not sure it was all that helpful. The most important thing to me was that I made my own outlines for every class. I didn’t use anyone else’s outlines to force myself to condense the material myself, with the exception of the commercial one for property. All of my outlines were complete by Thanksgiving, and this provided the time to take practice exams and refine the outlines for memorization purposes. A good study group was also extremely crucial for the exam prep.
Hope this helps!