It's only been one week into the semester, and I am already confused as a two-year-old trying to learn Algebra.
The thing is that reading/briefing cases is a huge time sink, and it didn't let me finish my assigned readings for this week. Also, with the summaries available, it seems that everything that I want to write down is already in summary, and it feels like unnecessary work. The traditional way of briefing, apart from being lengthy and time-consuming, seems excessive to me; are we ever going to use Procedural History in our finals? Is it safe to assume that knowing the facts of a case and its ratio is enough? I don't know if I understand what's going on, but it seems to me that 80–90% of what's going on in the class is irrelevant. Therefore, my class notes are very small, comparing to verbatim transcripts that most of my peers write.
I'm not looking for a way to "game" the law school, but what if I first learn the law(using supplements, internet, etc.), and then skim the cases or read their summaries?
Additionally, can you share what you would do differently knowing then what you know now?
Sorry for the long post, but I believe that I share these concerns with many of members here.
Any insight is highly appreciated.