mushybrain wrote:Do you guys find these essay writing approach lectures useful? Because I really don't. It basically feels like "study stuff, know the important stuff, answer the question being asked." The accompanying outlines feel way too brief to be useful, and it's not like they seem to highlight things I couldn't have guessed I needed to know. When it's "if X, make sure you address Y and Z" it's just the elements of the rule, so obviously I need to address them.
maybe it's just me, but for me, i think the main take away from the essay workshops is how closely you're supposed to follow cirac format and how broadly you should start. i feel like in law school on my exams i didn't really bother (and i wasn't penalized for not doing so) to follow cirac/irac very closely. but on the bar, it seems like it's important to begin every essay with "the issue here is __." similarly, in law school i didn't explicitly say, "a contract is promise or set of promises that is legally enforceable..." whereas on the bar stating this big-picture rule on a contracts exam is probably worth a point.
those two items aside, i think you're right. know what i mean?