Poopface wrote:I've been struggling staying within the time limits for the PT...anyone else? any recommendations? I read really slowly and that 30ish pages of material is killing me, it takes me like an hour and half just to read through the file and library, then i have to collect and organize my thoughts and feel like i usually don't start writing until there is less than an hour left (and i'm not even doing any kind of formal/detailed outline before writing bc i already don't have enough time). How thoroughly do you guys read the file and library? I've been reading every word bc I'm super paranoid that I'm going to miss a crucial point of fact or law. Thinking that might be just unrealistic given how i've been struggling to finish within the 3 hours. I've been fine timing wise on MBE and on the essays- mostly bc the essays have shorter fact patterns, not as much to read, which is awesome. The amount of material on the PTs is killing me. sheesh.
Here are my thoughts on how to save time.
Look at the library first. Or whichever is smaller but consider reading the library even if the library is bigger. Depending on how terrible the PT is, the law should be pretty easy to pull out, at least if you've been doing that throughout law school already. Some are obvious because there will be an X-part test. Others are a bit more tricky but still fairly easy to spot because it won't be procedural history, it won't be facts, but it will be a general statement (later applied in the case).
Mark these general statements and type them into your laptop AS YOU READ, or just mark them if you're handwriting.
These rules will be your context. As you read the file, you'll see statements, facts, etc. that fit into one or more of the rules, in that the facts support or antagonize the one or more rules. Note these. You could use a blue pen for statements that support your position, red for statements that don't, etc. I think you can bring in colored pens.
BTW there are MANY facts for you to use, so you don't need to feel like you need to find everything. Read reasonably fast, but not every word. Even if you miss a few facts, there will be too many for you to use in your answer.
As you note the facts, try slotting some important ones under the rules you pulled out:
RULE STATEMENT 1 (you should literally just copy and quote the case language--no paraphrasing or cute interpretations)
- important-looking fact a
- important-looking fact b
- important-looking fact c
RULE STATEMENT 2
RULE STATEMENT 3
Take a break. Then, fill it in for legibility and logic. Oh, and actually answering the task. That should save you some time.
Also, refer to this TLS post
for additional info that I wrote while completely sober.
If you're doing the insane ones like 2013 July ones, though, I can't help you because I bombed those.