Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The 20 Top Questions 1Ls Are Asking

Here are the most common questions that I have been getting from my first-year students during the opening weeks of the semester:

  1. Will it always take me so long to read and brief cases?
  2. What is the best way to remember all of the legal terms and definitions?
  3. How do I choose the critical facts from the many facts that are in the case?
  4. Why is it that my issue statement does not match the issue my professor wanted?
  5. Why is it that some professors do not seem to care much about procedure?
  6. What is the difference between a holding and a judgment/disposition?
  7. What do they mean when they talk about policy?
  8. Why do we read such old cases that are not even still good law?
  9. Do I need to know all this history and background stuff for the exam?
  10. What are these outlines that everyone is talking about all the time?
  11. Can I just use someone else's outline rather make my own?
  12. When do I need to start outlining for a course?
  13. How do I find time to outline when I barely have enough time to read and brief cases?
  14. What is an IRAC and how do we learn to do it?
  15. When should I start doing practice questions and how do I find them?
  16. How do I decide what study aids to use for a course?
  17. Why do we have to do legal research and writing when we already have enough to do with our other courses?
  18. Will I be able to have some down time when I do not have to study?
  19. When am I going to take naps?
  20. When am I going to watch my favorite television shows?

As you can see, the questions have covered the waterfront.  I'll spend several upcoming posts answering some of these questions.  (Amy Jarmon)

 

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