VirginiaFan wrote:Can recent 1L's talk about how they study? Like, during a typical week you read your cases, go to class... and then what?
Work on your outlines
Use Supps to figure out parts of the doctrine that are confusing/unclear
Talk to professors; get into their heads (I think eventually you reach a point where you know why your prof put A or Z on the test. you just read it and internally remark to yourself that you know exactly what they're expecting from this part of the fact pattern. That's good. If your response is instead ???...well, at least for me that was never a good sign lol)
Discuss the readings with classmates (I think this is imperative in certain classes like con law where the doctrine initially seems very muddy/undefined. You need to get comfortable with the material, and the easiest way to do this is by discussing it repeatedly)
Do practice tests; figure out patterns in practice tests, if your professor has any
Do practice problems
Reread the casebook if necessary
everyone has their own way of doing things (just because I wrote something doesn't mean I did it often, if at all)
the classes I did best in were those where I a) found someone I trusted as a fellow student to discuss the material with b) got into my prof's heads
but YMMV. just remember that law school test are a skill. you need to know the doctrine cold and you need to be able to apply it better than x% of your classmates to get an a- or an a. whatever habits help you get to that point are what you should do; nothing else.