Posts Tagged ‘Torts’

1L Down

May 10, 2011

The last exam is done, the books are on the shelf, and the first year of law school is over.  One down, two to go, but first it’s summer break.

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Exam Time

December 6, 2010

Tomorrow is the last day of new material for my classes.  There’s some review and wrap up on Wednesday; that’s my last official day of class for the semester.  Criminal law exam is next Monday (12/13), civil procedure next Thursday (12/16), and torts the following Tuesday (12/21).  Coincidentally, December 21 is the day I graduated from Purdue seven years ago. 

Criminal law is closed book and looks to be the toughest.  There’s just an awful lot of material to memorize and then apply.  Civil procedure and torts look easier, in comparison if nothing else.  They’re both open book and I’ve been tailoring my outline to guide me through answering the questions.

I just keep telling myself, with the curve, there’s a nine out of ten chance I’ll get an A or B.

Torts Let Down

December 1, 2010

All semester in torts, I’ve been seeing references to MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co.  It’s supposed to be the root of all product liability cases.  Shephard’s has over 1,300 citations to it.  I think it may have come up in contracts even, in regards to foreseeability of damages, and maybe even civil procedure, although both of those thoughts may be less from reality and more from the haziness of boundaries between classes when the semester is almost over.  And, with only a single topic left in torts, we’ve gotten to products liability, but we’re going to skip over MacPherson.  After a semester of building up, we’re not going to read it!  And I’m not motivated to read it on my own.

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

Broad Horizons Update

November 1, 2010

Ohio State won, Michigan lost,  and Notre Dame lost.  All that was missing was Purdue winning, but it was still a good weekend.  As for studying

Contracts: Done!

Criminal Law: Done!

Civil Procedure: Didn’t happen.

Torts: Didn’t happen either.

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.

Weekend Study Resolutions, Sponsored by High Hopes

October 22, 2010

I’ve got high hopes for studying this weekend.  Or, more precisely, Sunday as tomorrow is a home football game that it is my Buckeye duty to attend.  But Sunday, with nothing planned, is wide open for studying.  We’ll see how I do.  My resolutions:

Contracts: I realized this morning this morning that the exam is a month away.  Still plenty of time until then, but none the less, time to start thinking about it.  I’ve got an outline put together, as I do for all my classes, but I need to get the information in the outline into a form that will help me answer questions on exams.  Yes, I realize a great outline would inherently be able to do that.  I’ll just say my outline is so drowning in information, it could probably stand a little streamlining.  So that’s a resolution for this weekend: streamline contracts outline.

Torts: The torts casebook is one of those that likes to list lots and lots of notes after the cases.  I like to try to pick out nuggets of good information from those and incorporate them in to my outline.  Except, that is, from medical malpractice to emotional harm where I was busy enough trying to reorganize my original outline to worry about trying to season it with the notes.  So I want to go back and get those in there.  And I also need to finish reading the restatement on proximate cause (although the restatement really wishes we wouldn’t call it that).  Resolution: add post-case notes from casebook to outline and finish reading restatement.

Civil Procedure: I’m thinking there’s got to be a better way to incorporate the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in to my outline.  So that’s what I’m going to do.  Resolution: Figure out how to organize the FRCP and then do it.