What Do I Do In Class?
- Go to class.
- Stay focused. Don't check e-mail, surf the internet or play games.
- Take notes. Here's how:
- Listen attentively and write down relevant information.
- Accentuate the rules of law and their elements as your professor mentions them (underline them or highlight them to mark their importance).
- Put the pages numbers of the cases next to your briefs so that you can refer back easily.
- Write down the hypotheticals and answers your professors give in class. These may show up again on the final exam.
- If you professor writes something on the board, put it in your notes.
- Make notes on the professor's opinions on how issues could have been handled differently or the social policy on the issues.
- Pay attention for summaries. If your professor repeats something, make sure you put it in your notes.
- Participate!!! It may seem uncomfortable at first, but this is one of the best ways to learn a subject and it teaches you how to argue like a lawyer.
- Consider both sides and make your own judgment.
- Answer open questions or hypotheticals.