Your First Law School Class
What's the Socratic Method?
The Socratic method encourages competition to answer the professor’s questions and to criticize the remarks of other students. Usually the professor makes few evaluative comments about any student’s performance in class. The risk of embarrassment from being asked to respond in front of other students, and not knowing the answers and/or being criticized by the professor or other students is disconcerting to many students. Remember, however, you are not alone. Each and every one of your classmates will get the opportunity to fumble his or her response to the professor’s questions.
How to Take Effective Notes:
Before Class Begins
Arrive 5 minutes earlyDuring Class
Use your case briefs to record the important points made during class discussion.Format Class Notes
Correct and/or add to your briefs. Try not to rewrite information that is already contained in your briefs.
Goal: Choose a format that will result in a set of notes that YOU will be able to use later for review.Things to consider when choosing a particular format
By typing your brief, your handwritten notes will dramatically reflect how your understanding of the case changed or remained the same.
Your handwritten notes also signal how must time the professor spent on a particular topic.
What to Write Down
Hypotheticals/Examples posed by professor
What your professor writes on the board
Summaries given by professor at beginning or end of class (verbatim)
Rationale/Public Policy behind rules
Definitions and Rules
What if there is no resolution or conclusion to a question posed by a professor?
Make a note of the fact that no conclusion was reached and leave some space to fill in later.
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