danquayle wrote: Spoonmanners wrote:
Completely agree. LRW is the opiate of the masses. The design keeps people from achieving in their other classes. If you can find a way to "beat" LRW efficiently, that will help you achieve success in regards to GPA. The worst thing you can do is get bogged down in that class to the detriment of your others.
Do this by pulling all nighters near the due date. Don't start the assignment until 2 days before it is due. If you spend a week on the assignment, that is a week that you will have neglected your graded classes. For what? For the same "Pass" that appears on everyone's transcripts -- whether they spent 5 hours on the memo or 30 hours on the memo.
1000% agreed. Even I said I would spend most of my time dedicated to the graded classes, but somehow ended up spending more time in LRW than at least one 4 credit hour course. I wish I would have just pulled the all nighters. My severely negative opinion of LRW could be just my teacher, the loads of busy work, the lack of useful information learned, or the extreme work load for what should only be a two credit hour course. At the end of the day, I would trade that pass for a low-pass to increase any grade I got either semester.
While I agree in concept, I will say that I considered LRW to be the most useful class in terms of actually holistically understanding how law is applied. If you get the IRAC concept down cold, you're halfway to a good law school exam grade.
LRW is definitely the "glue" class, and I think its designed to be that way... I had of "epiphany" moments in LRW.
I didn't spent much time on it and definitely pulled all nighters. But that approach isn't much different than how I approached my other classes.
Ehh... I would say that applying the skills you learn in LRW to law school exams hurts as many people as it helps. There are crossover elements, but if your exam prep consists of trying to apply LRW skills to your exams, you might be in some trouble. I actually do use a version of IRAC on most exams, but I wouldn't be caught dead using my exam style on LRW, or vice versa.
You should be exploring other avenues to learn how to write good law exams. Staying true to the IRAC model will screw you in a lot of classes. I know some people who got shit grades on exams, but a high pass in LRW
Though I realize you said "halfway".
And congrats on graduating, dan!