Outlines and Notes

Although I’d advise against this if you’re a 1L I’ve found it both very beneficial for both saving time and not getting too bored under 2L classes. Trying to take in-class notes in an outline format has been working wonders for me. Granted, it doesn’t always work great. You have to be able to feel out the professor but if you can get a general sense of the material and the casebook formatting your notes to be as outline-like as possible, versus merely taking notes verbatim as proven to really work and I think it’s even helping to marginally increase my grades (at least that’s been evidenced from fall semester).

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Law School Outlines

So I’ve added a new link on the right side of the website. It’s to some of my law school outlines. I know there are a lot of sites out there that charge tons of money for outlines. I’ve tried to keep mine reasonable. I’m using it to pay for my bar prep courses which are quickly approaching. If I hit the dollar amount of my prep course I’ll change the outlines to a “pay what you want” approach. I’ve included six outlines, Torts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and Contracts. You can follow the link on the right or just click here.

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The Difference between 1L and 2L

So as I close in on the end of my second year of law school I thought I’d list some of the big differences between your first year and second year of law school. Suffice to say, it’s a completely different world. The long and short of it, you’ll be spending less time on cases but just as much time working on other things.

  • Law Review/Journals/Moot/Mock Trial, etc.

All these activities pile up. Law review and journals can take 10+ hours a week. Plus if you’re on any competition teams your weekends will be non-existent. Be sure to plan accordingly.

  • Internships/Externships/Clinics

These can quickly take up your week-days but are hugely valuable. There’s no better way to gain experience. Expect them to easily take 10-20 hours a week.

  • Classes

Although you still have classes the cold-calling experience is drastically reduced. True, there are still some downright evil professors that are brutal with cold-calling. However, most of my professors my 2L year really cut back on the cold-calling or were much more lenient about it.

  • You’re faster.

After having spent a year in law school you can get through cases so much faster. The classwork really takes a lot less time, which is a great advantage since you’ll be needing to spend time on lots of other things your 2L and 3L year.

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Always Dreaming

So in my research of a long held dream to potentially open my own law firm one day I stumbled across an article I thought others might find interesting. Although I question actually starting a law firm on a credit card and find the $100,000 starting year money questionable it leaves room for discussion.

Read the article here.

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(Another) Problem of Legal Education

I’ve been purchasing my casebooks for next semester and all I can say is the educational model for higher education is absurdly skewered in the wrong direction. I went to purchase my “new” Trusts and Estates casebook. The newest edition came out this past summer and of course that’s the one that’s being assigned. It’s less than 30 pages different than the previous one and at over 1,000 pages that’s far from even remotely substantial.

Just look at this.

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Staying Awake & Alert

So for the past two semesters I’ve been using neither coffee nor soda to stay awake during some of the more boring law school classes (I’m looking at you Constitutional Law). No, it’s not cocaine, although 1/3 attorneys does have a substance abuse problem. Rather it’s those Mio energy things. You simply add some to your water and it’s full of caffeine and vitamins. Granted, I don’t buy the actual Mio brand. I like to save a few bucks and buy the store-brand. You kind find them at Walmart or your local grocery store where they keep the gatorade powders and other energy drinks.

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1L Summer Jobs and 2L

I know it’s been far too long since I’ve written a post. After working at the public defender’s office this summer I can safely say the experience was great and I highly recommend others step outside of their comfort zones. I never considered doing anything within the realm of criminal law but took a leap. I found it very rewarding and while it’s not for everyone it certainly offers a very different perspective on the law.

As for 2L, it’s true. 1L they scare you to death, 2L they work you to death, and 3L (I assume) they bore you to death. The 2L part is certainly ramping up to be lots of work. I’m now three weeks in and I’m already feeling the exhaustion of the grind. Any other 2Ls feeling similar? I’ll try to post a more insightful update later this week (after several assignments are done) but I wanted to give a quick and generalized update and let everyone know I haven’t forgotten about the blog.

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