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How To Take Notes in Law School.

I just created a video on how to take notes in law school: h beaubaez08/11/17
Pay a pro to do it. triplesix08/11/17
Who takes longhand notes in law school? How to take note isthisit08/11/17
Overall I agree with this. Get a group of people together wh kramer71608/11/17
^^This! OneNote was a godsend. Our prof's mainly tau lawyer208/11/17
Our academic success people tried getting people to use the thirdtierlaw08/11/17
How do people get through college and not know how to take n bucwild08/11/17
don't bother. Its all in the book. Just read that. johnsmith08/11/17
I did essentially the exact opposite of this (typed notes, o onehell08/11/17
This is the kind of ridiculous nonsense that makes law schoo trickydick08/11/17
This is a serious question: did you get A's in your classes beaubaez08/17/17
I received half a dozen CALI awards and graduated fifth in m trickydick08/17/17
"As they say: what do you call the person that graduates las isthisit08/17/17
beaubaez (Aug 11, 2017 - 9:49 am)

I just created a video on how to take notes in law school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ6R2Jk8lrE I suggest employing the Cornell note taking method. I was wondering, how many of you were familiar with this method before going to law school?

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triplesix (Aug 11, 2017 - 10:00 am)

Pay a pro to do it.

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isthisit (Aug 11, 2017 - 10:17 am)

Who takes longhand notes in law school?

How to take notes in law school:

1. Open OneNote.
2. Keyboard smash.
3. Pray to a higher power that it's all there and/or compare notes with a friend.

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kramer716 (Aug 11, 2017 - 10:27 am)

Overall I agree with this. Get a group of people together who you can tolerate, and go over stuff with them semi-regularly. This is a good way to cover your as-. You can go the "screw everyone, hide books in the library, genuinely just be a dic-" route to try and get ahead, but those idiots are discovered real fast and it doesn't end well, or at least it didn't for the few I saw during my law school days.

Anyway, key I found was sticking together with a group. It worked out well.

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lawyer2 (Aug 11, 2017 - 1:36 pm)

^^This!

OneNote was a godsend.

Our prof's mainly taught bar exam content so I'd just make an outline and fill in the blanks with Barbri material

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thirdtierlaw (Aug 11, 2017 - 11:52 am)

Our academic success people tried getting people to use the Cornell method. Most people I saw implement it for a week then never go back. You end up losing so much page realestate that your notes document ends up being close to double the size.

Regular study groups are key. By talking through what you each have in your notes, even if it is something you completely understand, just reinforces it in your mind.

Timed closed book exams really turn into issue spotting word vomit. So the more you discuss the cases and your notes the stronger the connection will be.

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bucwild (Aug 11, 2017 - 11:59 am)

How do people get through college and not know how to take notes?

Liberal artists.

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johnsmith (Aug 11, 2017 - 12:08 pm)

don't bother. Its all in the book. Just read that.

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onehell (Aug 11, 2017 - 7:58 pm)

I did essentially the exact opposite of this (typed notes, outlined as they were typed, etc) and came in at the top of the class in 1L, and even got CALI awards (#1 grade in class) in civ pro, property and contracts.

Note-taking is highly personal, so do what works for you. The value is in the process of creation and not the finished product anyway.

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trickydick (Aug 11, 2017 - 10:50 pm)

This is the kind of ridiculous nonsense that makes law school and the legal profession such a joke.

First of all, you don't need to take notes in class. You buy supplements and draw up an outline from those. You modify your outline to account for any idiosyncrasies your professor adopts in class. Otherwise you just sit back and watch as the professor's lectures comport to the black letter law script.

Secondly, this kind of system is needlessly elaborate and overly complicated. Just jot down the main points in a way you can understand them.

Finally, remember that in preparing an outline, it's the writing and organization of the outline that matters. That's what helps you understand and apply the law.

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beaubaez (Aug 17, 2017 - 4:13 pm)

This is a serious question: did you get A's in your classes with that approach? I understand that there are some students that get by during law school--I was one of those, happy with B's. I suppose that I should add that my videos are for those that want to get into the top 10%, and you may be in that category, which is why I am asking. As they say: what do you call the person that graduates last in his class and passes the bar exam? Attorney.

Plenty of people who get by in law school do fine in life. Now in my 50's, I regret that I didn't try harder, wondering what opportunities I squandered.

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trickydick (Aug 17, 2017 - 4:37 pm)

I received half a dozen CALI awards and graduated fifth in my class of nearly two hundred students. The law school I went to was a bottom of the barrel piece of garbage full of idiots so take that for what it's worth. I also passed the California bar exam the first time with relative ease. I considered law school as intellectually challenging as solving a Rubik's cube. No actual intelligence required, the whole thing is just a gimmick.

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isthisit (Aug 17, 2017 - 4:43 pm)

"As they say: what do you call the person that graduates last in his class and passes the bar exam?"

You call him unemployed.

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