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Posts Tagged ‘1L outlines’

Property Final

Posted by newlawmom on April 3, 2009

It’s Friday night and my kids are gone for the weekend. I will be devoting my entire weekend to exam prep and I had a change of plans re: strategy. Contracts is not cutting it for me. Putting it first on my to do list has led to procrastination and less than satisfactory progress. So I moved it to last. It helps that it is my last exam. Also, I have decided that it is ok to fall at the median in contracts and more important to not fall at or below the median in any others. I have gone from an I want all A’s kind of girl to a I want to do as well as I possibly can kind of girl, and yes, my initial confidence failed to consider the serious capacity of my classmates to work as hard or harder, be as smart or smarter, and want it as bad or worse. So….I will work my ass off to do my best and I then I will wait and see how I did, just the same as everybody else.

I do love property.  It is my favorite class this semester, and I have understood all the concepts with no problems. However, because of that, I have devoted the least amount of time to actually outlining it or studying it beyond doing the reading and going to class. It is a closed book exam and counts for 4 credits. If I can get the high grade in any class, I would want it to be this one. I will be making a handwritten outline on pastel colored paper. Sounds strange, I know. But I like pretty paper and I like pens. And I learn better when I’m happy. I will make the outline and then I will study it. I have two exams with sample answers. I will take one as soon as I’m done with the outline.  Then I will modify as needed.  Beyond that, who knows. For tonight, I am going to develop that love for the subject and see how much I can accomplish. I do not have any supplements for this class, and I do want to get my hands on one before exams. We shall see. I hope my readers have a lovely night. I passed 5,000 hits to my blog today and that made me quite happy. Thank you for reading and I hope you stick around.

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Contracts, Outlines, Oral Argument

Posted by newlawmom on March 30, 2009

This was my day. Today is the first day of my week long devotion to contracts outlining and exam prep. I can’t believe its almost over.  I spent about an hour on the outline today and hope to get another hour in tonight. But first I need to work on this oral argument. I have a practice session tomorrow. In general, I am much calmer than I was last semester. I am much less concerned with getting everything exactly right and am approaching the exam season in a way that is much more like my old study habits. Attempting to change everything to accomodate law school was probably not my greatest choice, but there is so much pressure, it is hard to say no. Outlines are fine. But really, I know how to study. If I didn’t, I never would have gotten this far in the world. Confidence in my own ability might be better than confidence that I have mastered someone else’s recommended path to preparation. So we shall see if this pays off. I plan on making outlines, not writing treatises. I hope everyone has a great day. I need to go practice. (Kids are awesome, house is clean, tonight’s dinner is pizza, and the boys are aware that the next three weeks are going to be hard on them…)

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On to contracts

Posted by newlawmom on December 9, 2008

My contracts midterm is Thursday. I confess to procrastinating somewhat on this, but I still managed to get in a good three hours today and will work on it until at least midnight tonight and all day tomorrow. I know the material. My outline is complete. But my answer format is bad. They are too long. I need to get better at concise analysis. I took a sample exam. I ended up with three type-written pages. The model A answer was a page and a half.  I have several more practice exams available, but no more model answers. I will work with those exams tomorrow. I want to end up with model answer formats for formation issues, breach issues, excuses, and remedies. I know from sample exams that this prof. wants answers limited to precisely the question he asks. If it is a formation question, he doesn’t want to hear about the possibility of promissory estoppel or quasi-contract unless he specifically asks for that information. I need to do better with this. Much better. So,…..the truth is, I am sick of studying. I love contracts. I know the material. I just want to move on now. But I can’t.

I will spend my evening with the restatement, the UCC article 2, Crunchtime Contracts, and Gilbert’s contracts. I am not going to do any real exam prep tonight. But tomorrow I need to come up with some answers. Some strategies.  Because if I can learn how to write the answer well, I will ace this one. On the other hand, this could be the one class that  I know best and struggle with the exam itself. My stamina is waning. I hope I can hold out through three more exams. Right now, I just need to get to Thursday. Talk to you soon. I hope you all have a lovely evening.

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Study week Thursday

Posted by newlawmom on December 4, 2008

So today I focused on criminal law. All day, and into the evening. I am calling it quits. I am tired and need to have the energy to do one more day of this tomorrow. All in all, I am very happy with my strategy of devoting an entire day to one class. I learned alot today, found out I was misunderstanding a few things, got that straightened out via email with the prof, and then took a sample exam and reviewed it. Criminal Law is my one closed book exam, so I transferred most of my outline onto index cards for study and memorization purposes.  I feel much more comfortable with the material tonight than I did this morning, so that is helpful. While I am not forcing myself to do more today, if I feel up to it later, I will read a bit  in the horn book. I think a hot bubble bath sounds nice. Or perhaps just some cookies, tea, and a movie. Maybe I will just go to bed and watch television there until I fall asleep. My honey works nights, so I am on my own until 1 or so. I think that is part of the reason why I like to study late into the night rather than early in the morning. Next semester, I need to be in class by 9 every day. I think that might kill me. I love law school, but mornings have never been my thing. Well, I have had a productive day. I hope all my readers have had a productive day as well. I will be back tomorrow night to give you that final update on reading week. Torts.

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Eager to get busy

Posted by newlawmom on December 3, 2008

Well, I was having a productive day right until 3. Going to school and driving home was ok, but at home, my house is too loud. I decided earlier that I wouldn’t even attempt to study until it got quiet, and that time is still at least a half-hour away. I did grocery shopping, laundry, cooked dinner, and played on my facebook account amonst other non-law related activiites. Right now I just want to study. I am working on finishing my Civ Pro outline, after attending a review session for that class today. It was helpful. Worth the ride. But now I just want to finish it up. Tomorrow I’ll be home all day, which should work out fine. I will working on Criminal Law all day tomorrow. Friday is Torts.  The reading week is half over already. That’s too bad, because I am really enjoying it. Independent preparation for examinations is my strong suit. It is right up my alley. I love it. I am not thinking about exams, just the prep. I will be prepared. Everything else will take care of itself. So….I am bored. Waiting to get back to work. But there is nothing else to say here. I hope my readers have a lovely day. I hope everyone finds their 1L exam period to be tolerable.

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I love law school

Posted by newlawmom on December 2, 2008

It’s true. Not sure how often I’ve mentioned that here, if at all. But for the most part, I am a very happy law school student. I love my kids. I love my life. And I love law. I spent my entire day with Civil Procedure today. Wish I had done it sooner. Wish I had all day, every day to read and understand and analyze and comprehend and evaluate. This is the perfect life for me. I stayed away from school on purpose, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed my day nor accomplished as much if I had gone there. I do my best work on my own, in silence, but if I am actually absorbed in what I am doing, I can ignore all noise and distraction. Today was one of those days, and I totally enjoyed it. My kids are awesome. They are so patient, tolerant, and independent. I had a great few days with them, and they will have my undivided attention for the two weeks in between exams and the return to school. In the meantime, they are satisfied with what I have to offer, which is presence, occasional conversation, food, laundry service, housekeeping service, and love. Nothing more than that. So….I feel bad the day is over. Actually, I will continue to study until midnight or so. But tomorrow is back to real life. I will study at home in the morning, but go to school for the afternoon, where I will attend a Civ Pro review session and meet with my Criminal Law study group. Yesterday was contracts, today was Civ Pro, tomorrow is split between Civ Pro and Crim, Thursday is Crim, and Friday is Torts. Those outlines need to be in their final form before Saturday. On Saturday and through half of Sunday, I will work on Civ Pro in preparation for a Monday exam in that subject. The remainder of Sunday and all of Monday morning will be relaxation prior to the exam. I hope all my readers are having a lovely, peaceful, productive day. I hope I continue to feel this good for the remainder of the week.

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One day left to go!

Posted by newlawmom on November 24, 2008

It is amazing to me that I have almost finished the first semester of law school. I don’t know where the time went.  Two classes tomorrow and then its just exams left to go.  So to have gotten here and not have anything count yet? Well, the memo counted and that worked out ok. I think I am relieved that nothing has counted until now because it is only in preparing the outlines that everything is seeming to come together. If I can pull off the exams, I am good to go. And I am feeling pretty good about that as of today. The only class I have really neglected is Civil Procedure and I will find out tomorrow just how bad that might be, as we get our sample exams back with a grade. But it doesn’t count. So there is time to address all problems. Tonight I will spend hours working on outlines. Tomorrow the same. But as of Wednesday, I am done until Sunday night. As hard as it might be, I am not picking up a law book, legal outline, legal anything. I am not checking in on my facebook account and not writing in this blog. I am taking the entire holiday off to let the law that is spinning in my head settle down a little. And after the weekend is over? I am going to do nothing but law school work from Sunday night until the 18th of December when I take my last exam.  Every day I will study. Outline. Review. Contemplate. Write old exams. Anything and everything I can think of to prepare, I will do. So I will see you all next Sunday night. I hope all my readers have a splendid holiday. I hope all my fellow law students take some time off for the holiday, and good luck to everyone as the semester comes to a close. For someone who hadn’t even taken the LSAT as of one year ago, this is an amazing place to be.

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Two classes down…

Posted by newlawmom on November 20, 2008

Legal skills class is done, although the final memo is not due until Tuesday. And in Crim has wrapped up. That leaves Contracts, Civ Pro, and Torts with two torts classes and one of each of the others remaining. For tonight I will finish compiling our group crim law outline to send to the prof. Tomorrow will consist of memo revisions all day with a break for Torts class. Saturday will be spent on Contracts, Sunday on revising the memo based on Prof’s comments. Monday is Torts and Contracts, with the afternoon and evening spent on Contracts. Tuesday will be Civ Pro all day, nothing but.  And that will wrap up my pre-holiday study period. I am taking a much needed and well-deserved break over Thanksgiving weekend to resume my diligent exam prep on Monday. Wish me luck. I hope all my readers accomplish what it is they are looking to accomplish.

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Successful Memo Writing

Posted by newlawmom on November 19, 2008

I’m overjoyed with my memo grade. This was the first draft, counted at 25% of the semester grade with the opportunity to rewrite for another 35%.  Grades were posted, I was .5 point below the top grade, and there was only one of those. Four others shared my grade. That puts me in the top 5, right? So happy am I. Now comes the choice: conservative revision and maintain my position, or take a chance on a more significant revision and perhaps bump myself up significantly. I am going for choice 2.  Final papers are due before the holiday and I’m not sure when I will get it back. For today, I am a happy girl. I met with my criminal law group and my contracts group. So far, so good. I confess to buying an additional supplement for Contracts and one for Civil Procedure. I really didn’t want to get caught up in that, but if there is the possibility it will push me over the edge, it’s hard to pass up. Criminal supplements will be useless to me and I don’t think I need one for Torts. So there it is. My position at the final week of school. One week from today I will pick my daughter up at the bus station and take a mini-vacation. I do not plan on doing anything law related over the Thanksgiving weekend. I will resume my law preparation on that following Monday, the beginning of reading week. I hope all my readers have a spendid day, week, exam season, whatever it is that matters most to you.

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exhaustion and balance

Posted by newlawmom on November 13, 2008

I am physically and mentally drained. And thus, taking the evening off. It doesn’t seem like my new babysitting arrangments have actually resulted in a large time gain. If anything I have traded off studying at home at night for stuying at school during the afternoon and evening. I’m not sure how much of this tiredness is the result of overwhelm and how much is the result of PMS. I suspect PMS takes the blame for a good chunk of it. For tonight, there is no overwhelm on the reading. It is merely knowing that I have outlines and exam preparation that needs to be done. For this weekend, I have allocated twelve solid hours to working on that. It can wait until then. I hope all my readers have a lovely day.

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