Everybody tells you to make an outline from the casebook and class discussion. If you follow that advice, you will make a grave error. If all you do is make an outline of what is gone over in class or from the case book, you will have only 60% of the law you need to know. Profs will say they only test on what is gone over in class. If that is true, then ask to see the model answers prof wrote for all his or her exams. If there are none, then you fell for the biggest con in law school. Profs don’t grade from a model answer because they never write one (most can’t and most are afraid a little weenie like me or someone trained by us will immediately point out all the mistakes and missed issues). They grade each exam relative to all the answers submitted. The one that stands out the most is the one that gets an A.
Do you want your exam to have that 40% extra legal analysis? Let’s face it. If you write about something that is on the exam, even if prof does make a model answer and it was not gone over in class, you will always get credit for it. How can a prof ignore a student who knows more? The whole idea of professing is to provoke independent thought and the sheeople who only spit back what was done in class certainly are not independent thinkers and learners. We give you an outline that covers about 98% of what you need to know. It’s already done and all you need to do is memorize it and make minor modifications.
The law is all technical definitions or what are called prima facie cases. Prima facie cases are the lifeblood of understanding the law. In law school, you must know the prima facie cases in order to ask the right questions to do your issue-spotting on exams. How well you do in law school depends on how well you memorized the law and how many questions you can ask. If you ask all the questions you will spot all the issues. A good exam writing definition gives you all the elements that comprise the prima facie case for the word being defined. Our outlines are based on the prima facie cases you must know.
Some people brag about their products because they claim they are created from graduates of Tier 1 law schools. We can’t stop laughing at that garbage. We used to create our outlines from practicing lawyers who were experts in the field and those outlines were pretty good. After we got Dean’s Law Dictionary up and running we created an outline using it and discovered a different standard of excellence. All our outlines are created using Dean’s. It is fast, efficient, and almost perfect. We say almost because it always creates a massive and complete outline and then it must be pared down for use in law school. We review it, cut out the repetitive parts, and then cut out a lot of stuff that is not taught in law school. That is why we say we give you an outline that covers about 98% of what you need to know.