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Title: Creating Good Outlines Author: Michael Seigel Last modified by: Claudia Diamond Created Date: 9/22/2007 7:58:54 PM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Why%20outline%20when%20you%20can%20buy%20one?%20(or%20let%20me%20give%20you%20a%20clich


1
Why outline when you can buy one? (or let me give
you a cliché)
  • Professor Claudia Diamond
  • University of Baltimore
  • School of Law

2
Overview
  • Whats the point? How do we do it?
  • What should one look like?
  • How do you use your outline effectively once
    youve created it?
  • Outline examples

3
How does it work?
  • Read for class
  • Brief/Highlight cases and materials
  • Attend class and take meaningful notes
  • Review and annotate notes at end of day before
    reading for next class
  • Weekly work on OUTLINE (ideal versus practical)

4
Why Outline?
  • Although we all learn differently, most of us
    benefit from collecting and organizing material
    into written form
  • The process of outlining is as important as the
    actual end result, if not more so FOR THIS
    REASON, DO NOT RELY SIMPLY ON READING COMMERCIAL,
    LAW REVIEW, OR OTHER THIRD PARTY OUTLINES
  • The outline becomes your roadmap through the
    material, either to help you memorize for
    closed-book exams or for use during open-book
    exams

5
Do I really Have To?
  • I dont know of any successful law student who
    does not outline course material, though some
    might exist. You learn the law when you outline.
  • First semester is probably NOT the time to see if
    youre special.
  • There is no shortcut to the hard work in law
    school. Your outline is your pride joy.

6
Getting Started
  • Organization of Outline
  • Might be obvious from notes
  • Could use books table of contents for guide
  • If course is rule or statute based, these might
    be source of organization
  • Could look to third party outline as a guide

7
Content
  • To start, black letter law that you will use to
    spot and analyze issues on the exam
  • You must know BLL cold before walking into the
    classroom for the exam
  • Clearly note areas of gray and arguments either
    way
  • Make sure you conform to professors way of
    conceptualizing the law

8
Level of Detail
  • Outline should be precise, and written to the
    level of detail matching course
  • Unless Professor tells you otherwise, case names
    and facts are not super important it is the
    HOLDINGS you are weaving into a series of RULES
    and EXCEPTIONS
  • Include reminders about tricky issues that might
    pop up
  • Specify places where law is not clear
    (opportunities to argue both sides)
  • Collect your rules and divide into elements

9
Outline the Rules!! Duh!
  • Organize your outline around concepts-not cases.
    Where do you get the concepts?
  • General statement about the lawthe GROL
  • Break the rule into component parts and then
    include all the elements
  • Reasons supporting the rule
  • Exceptions to the Rule/Defenses
  • Other sources referred to by the professor UCC,
    Restatement, FRCP, etc.

10
Level of Detail, Cont
  • Write down key language from the cases
  • Write down the important X-Part tests
  • Include the law from the various jurisdictions
    studied, given professors preferences
  • Include key language and key concepts from
    class discussion

11
What should it look like?
  • Neatly typed
  • Highlights/Roman Numerals/Letters
  • Tabs
  • Charts
  • Roadmaps
  • Charts/visuals
  • Written-in comments and additions

12
How Long is long enough?
  • Not too long it must be SUMMARY and SYNTHESIS
    of material
  • Not too short it must be COMPREHENSIVE that
    could appear on the exam
  • Perhaps 30 to 40 pages?

13
How do I know if its Good?
  • Study group are discussion issues covered by
    your outline?
  • Practice tests was the outline helpful?
  • Practice tests does the outline lead to correct
    answers?
  • Practice tests does the outline help
    issue-spotting?

14
Next steps Outlining the outline
  • Next step CONDENSE your outline into a
    mini-outline or even a checklist of important
    issues
  • This becomes your reference for spotting issues
    on the exam
  • Suggestion FOR CLOSED BOOK exam, memorize
    checklist and write it down BEFORE READING
    QUESTIONS

15
Figure out your silos (grocery store aisles)
  • Contracts I
  • I. Offer
  • A. Definition generally-manifestation of
    intention to be bound
  • 1. language
  • 2. surrounding circumstances, prior
    relationships practice of
  • parties.
  • 3. how communicated
  • B. Offer needs definite and certain terms
  • 1. real estate contracts
  • 2. UCC-sale of goods
  • (a) reqts and output K
  • (b) missing terms
  • Termination of Offer.
  • A. Revocation by offeror
  • B. Revocation by offeree
  • Etc. Etc.

16
CRIM LAW
  • I. Required elements of every crime
  • Physical Act
  • 1. voluntary
  • 2. not doing something as an act.
  • B. Mental States (Mens Rea Reqt).
  • 1. Specific intent
  • 2. Malice
  • 3. general intent
  • 4. strictliability offenses
  • II. Inchoate offenses
  • Solicitation
  • Conspiracy
  • Attempt

17
QUESTIONS?
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