May 16, 2005
Lessons to take from studying for finals
Ok, this is for those of you who are in the other 90%. These are the most practical tips that I can possibly give you. Heed these words. I have my Civil Procedure Final tomorrow, and I WISH, WISH, WISH, someone had told me this before I started law school, and FORCED me to go through with it.
Step 1 - Summer before your 1L year, BUY "Examples and Explanations; Civil Procedure" by Glannon.
Step 2 - FINISH THE BOOK COVER TO COVER! Including all the explanations.
The one thing I really didn't understand last fall is that ALL law school course MUST cover a prescribed curriculum from the ABA. Therefore, everythng you need to know IS accurately covered in the Study Aids. You can trust them. You will learn that material IN CLASS.
If you do these two steps you will have a HUGE head start. 1/5th of your class load will be extraordinarily lightened. You will walk into class KNOWING what your teacher is talking about, and THEREFORE, you will be able to actually learn what they WANT to hear instead of trying to figure it out on the run. Then when exams come around (for me, my Civ Pro exam is TOMORROW!) you will be able to focus on putting down what they want to hear!
If you don't do this, you will be where I am now. I am struggling to figure it all out. Struggling to get through all the cases. Realizing that there is no way I am going to do well. Basically, giving up. DON'T end up in my situation.
Now, IF you can, do the same thing that you did for Civ Pro with Contracts also. Contracts and Civ Pro are the two hardest classes. Every school has them in the first year.