emkay625 wrote:Hi folks-
Bored soon to be 2L here. Any questions? I'm an open book.
Thanks for doing this!
Anything u wish you would have known before 1L?
What are most people doing this summer?
I wish I would have come in with a good study plan that was realistic. I came in thinking I WILL READ ALL THE SUPPLEMENTS!!! which was a waste of money and not feasible. I seriously bought like 6 for each class, which is just way too many. Here's my advice:Before Class:
Read the cases assigned. Brief them, but make it a short brief (it should be no longer than about 2/3 of a page). In Class:
Take notes but not too many notes. Only write down - really important black letter type stuff, anything that gives you insight to the professor's personal opinion, and any hypotheticals the professor throws out.After Class:
That same day, go home and read 1-2 supplements. (The E&E plus maybe one other). Take your brief, your notes, and the supplements and make an outline. (Yes, I recommend outlining as you go).Six Weeks to Go Until Finals
Take your outline you've been working on the whole time PLUS two good outlines you've gotten from 2ls and 3ls. Use those to make sure you haven't forgotten anything. Also, continue your plan of outlining the same day of class.Four Weeks Until Finals
Start taking practice exams. At this point, take one a week for each class.Two Weeks Until Finals
Start memorizing for closed book exams. (Make flash cards!) Take one practice exam a day. One week before finals
Distill your long outlines into shorter outlines. Your long outlines will be anywhere from 50 - 100 pages. You need to distill these down into about 15 - 20 pages. Keep taking one practice exam a day. Keep memorizing for closed book.During dead days and days between finals
Read over your short outline once a day. Take two practice exams a day, one in the morning and one at night. Make sure you compare your answer to the model answer when you're done. Make a 2-3 page checklist of issues/elements. If it's closed book, memorize this checklist. Make sure it includes case names. (People who say you don't need to cite case names are full of lies. I got points for case names). Tab your case book and long outline if the exam is open book.Night Before Exam
Go to the movies. Drink a glass of wine. Sleep. Don't study.
Sorry this was long. But if you do this and outline from the beginning, you will never have a reason to stay up past 10 pm studying. I was done by about 5:00 during the first 2/3 of the semester and by 9:30 towards the end. Also, don't waste time in between classes. Use it to study.
This summer I'm doing a judicial internship the first half and a 1L SA for a firm in Houston the second half. 1L SA's are rare, I'd say about 15 percent of us got one. That is a guess though. Most people are doing a combination of judicial internship/public interest work.