Posts Tagged ‘Studying’

Weekend Study Resolutions, Presented by Catch Up

January 21, 2011

Saturday I’m volunteering to be a tour guide for prospective students.  That’s at 2:30.  Which means I’ll have six or so hours to study before that.  How do I plan to spend that time?  Contracts and property.  I’d love to get all the reading done for next week.  I’ll find out tomorrow if that’s going to happen.

Back in the Saddle Update

January 18, 2011

It was a good weekend.  Saturday I participated in the Hocking Hills Winter Hike and Monday I went to the auto show in Detroit.  As for studying:

Read for constitutional law – Done!

Read for legislation – Done!

Legal writing – Not done on the weekend, but done today

Work on resume – Not really done.  Looked at my resume and still need to decide if some tweaking is in order.

Weekend Study Resolutions, Presented by Back in the Saddle

January 14, 2011

First week of the second semester, done. 

Read for constitutional law – One of the things about constitutional law is that it’s always changing.  The Supreme Court keeps issuing new decisions.  fortunately, rather than revising the casebook each year, there’s an annual supplement.  The case I need to read this weekend is from the supplement.  It’s close to forty pages.  I’m hoping that’s because the page layout is smaller. 

Read for legislation – We’re going to be reading a case study of last year’s health insurance reform, so I’ve got a summary the professor’s research assistant put together.  I’m actually looking forward to this one because I’d like a nice summary of how the law was created.

Legal writing – Need to read the next two chapters of the book for next week.

Work on resume – I did a mock interview this week. It went well and I got some great feedback, including on my resume.  That’s what I want to work on.

Weekend Study Resolutions, Presented by Contracts, Contracts, Contracts!

November 19, 2010

Monday’s the contracts exam.  The time between now and then, with the exception of a little college football late Saturday afternoon, is for studying for them.

Study for contracts exam: Outline is done and I’ve been strategizing how to attack the problems on the exam.  I just need to practice that.  My plan is to run through CALI sample problems, review the relevant parts of my Barbri first year outline book, and I think Barbri might have some online stuff too.  I feel like I’ve got a decent understanding of the material; like I said, I just need to practice using that understanding.  And I’ll also be reviewing flashcards again and again to keep reinforcing that understanding.

Short and Sweet Update

November 15, 2010

How’d I do this past weekend?

Read for the week of Thanksgiving – Casebooks, done Saturday morning before the game.  Torts restatement, done today.  Criminal law supplement, read today, but still need to outline it for class.  So I would say I was mostly done.

Fininish contracts outline – Done!  Now I just have to learn it.

Research “big” law firms – Done!  I drafted up a coverletter, sent it to Sunday night for my career counselor to review, and she’s already gotten back to me with some comments.  So the long shot 1L summer associate job hunt is moving along.

Weekend Study Resolutions, Sponsored by Short and Sweet

November 12, 2010

Like I said, short and sweet.  Tomorrow afternoon, Penn State is coming to town.  That leaves tomorrow morning and Sunday for study activities.

Read for the week of Thanksgiving – The Monday morning of that week, November 22, I have my contracts exam.  The Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, and possibly Monday afternoon, I’m back to regularly scheduled classes.  I don’t think I’m going to want to deal with reading for those right before the contract exam, so I want to get the reading out of the way.

Finish contracts outline – I’d like to have my study materials set by the end of the weekend.  That would give me the next week to learn them.  It’s a closed book exam, so flashcards will be flashing.

Research “big” law firms – Still hoping the slim chance longshot plays out into a job next summer at a “big” law firm.

Day Early Update

November 8, 2010

So, how’d I do this past weekend?

  1. Make flashcards for contracts and criminal law.  – Done for contracts, not done for criminal law.  That’s ok, the contracts exam is two weeks before the criminal law exam.  At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
  2. Draft my civil procedure research paper.  – Done
  3. Update my resume for career services.  – Done
  4. Outline criminal law supplement – Done before the weekend
  5. Read torts restatement – Done before the weekend
  6. Reformat criminal law outline for self defense – Did not happen

Weekend Study Resolutions Sponsored by Day Early

November 4, 2010

Yes, I’m a day early with my weekend study resolutions.  That’s because I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon after class to visit Go Blue Girlfriend.  It’ll be a fun weekend: ACS Cattlebaron’s Ball on Saturday night, Lion’s game Sunday afternoon, and lots of time to study Saturday during the day and Sunday morning.  And get a haircut before the ball.  It’s good practice for when I’ll be working all the time to get billable hours. 

Because I’ll be on the road tomorrow afternoon instead of making resolutions, and because I could use a break from studying at the moment, I wanted to get them done now.

  1. Make flashcards for contracts and criminal law.  These are my two closed book exams.  The only way I can effectively memorize things is with flashcards.  There’s a lot to memorize.
  2. Draft my civil procedure research paper.  Most of the researching is done, I just need to write the thing.
  3. Update my resume for career services.  I’ve got a meeting Monday to review it and get helpful tips.  So I need to have something to review.
  4. Outline criminal law supplement (hope to get this done before the weekend)
  5. Read torts restatement (hope to get this done before the weekend too)
  6. Reformat criminal law outline for self defense

Weekend Study Resolutions, Sponsored by Broad Horizons

October 29, 2010

This evening I’m heading to my parents place to  celebrate my birthday with my family and Go Blue Girlfriend.  I’m staying there tonight and tomorrow night.  Saturday will be a fun day of watching college football, and also studying, which is almost certain to spill over in to Sunday as well.  (Seriously, when I get in my car to drive back on Sunday, there’s not going to be any studying after that when I get home.  I’m willing to admit that.)

That said:

Contracts: Get my outline updated and making sense for remedies.

Criminal Law: Outline the supplement for next week.  Outlining the supplement in advance is how I survive in criminal law.

Civil Procedure: Figure out a way to get the federal rules of civil procedure organized.  For the second weekend in a row.

Torts: General outline improvement to show the big picture of negligence.

High Hopes Update

October 24, 2010

So, how did I do on my studying resolutions from Friday? 

Yesterday was a home football game, so no studying was done then.  The game felt weird.  The weather was weird: overcast, cool, breezy, and humid (like England in the summer).  The first half was impressive 42 points and over 400 yards of offense, but there weren’t a lot of exciting, big plays.  The second half felt like everybody, the fans, the band, both teams, wanted to go home as quick as possible. 

Today I planned to study, and had some success with it, intermixed with making chili for dinner and a run.

That said, here’s how it went:

Streamline contracts outline – Done for the first half about forms of obligation.  Still need to streamline remedies, but to do that, I need to get my head around remedies.  Good thing Monday night is contracts outlining night.

Catch up adding post-case notes from casebook to torts outline – Done!

Finish reading torts restatement – Done!

Figure out how to incorporate FRCP’s into civil procedure outline – Not done.  Hopes were not quite high enough.  I figure I can do this next weekend.

So, three out of four.  I’ll take that.