Puttanesca wrote:What is the general consensus on the effectiveness/necessity of case briefs? I've done case briefs for most of the cases but did just book briefing for a few cases because I was short on time. I'm not trying to cut corners, and I generally read each case 3 times, but if book briefing is good enough, I'd rather do that since it saves a lot of time.
Fall 1L: 1st 6 weeks, I briefed every case. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, I stopped briefing in Crim, then Torts, then Contracts, and finally Civ Pro. I did not brief for the final 3 weeks. I highlighted relevant material in the casebook and took some notes in the margins.
Spring 1L: No briefing. I highlighted relevant material and took some notes in the margins.
Fall 2L: No briefing. Highlighting and some notes.
Spring 2L: Highlighting only.
I'll also add that I:
(1) I use only 1 color highlighter
(2) I do not take reading notes
(3) I construct my outlines almost solely from my class notes. I'll occasionally look back at the casebook and I'll use supplements only where my notes are unclear.