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Law School Lecture Note Taking
by Daniel June


Taking notes is that art by which we objectify and crystallize our thoughts and speech, and for a law student, having a strong method will empower him or her for everything else. Note taking is a continuum. Students will have taken notes ever since they were taught to outline in grade school, and you will take notes working as a lawyer. You will want to maintain that continuum, adopting the methods you've already perfected as an undergraduate but also improving them so that what you do now will set you up with good habits for the job.

Note taking, therefore, is as personal as writing a book or making love; there is endless advice out there on how to do such things best, but it will take a little experimentation to find what works best for you.

Taking notes from a professor is of course time-limited. You will want to have come up with a strategy for the semester and stick to it. Be honest with what you will actually stick with: high ideals don't get you the grades, and if you put too much energy into note-taking, you might lose that energy that should be spent elsewhere.

Some students take notes with a computer, others prefer notebooks. If you are the type of student who takes draft notes, then when you write a second draft of your notes, you will have reinforced the material. A student might, for instance, jot down notes during class in as spiral notebook, and at home more carefully structured them into a higher quality notebook -- something you will want to return to for a long time; or alternatively, those notes could be typed up into a computer document, which gives the ability for unlimited printing and easy rearranging.

You might try an experiment. Come to class one day getting the material cold, for the first time, and note how hard it is to keep attention and interest. Now try this: anticipate the material the professor is going to say, take some preliminary notes, and write down a few questions, and make any connections or clever ideas that might make you stand out. When you listen to the lecture, not only will you waste less time taking notes of what is already in your books, but you will be refreshed when the teacher addresses a topic you already have a question about or a good idea to share.

Taking notes verbatim from the professor would be a mistake. If a mere transcript of the course were sufficient, then we'd quickly get rid of professors and refer only to transcripts of their class. The teacher offers unique information not found in your books -- be sure to note that -- and he also puts tones and stresses on ideas that are more important -- be sure to note that as well. The brain is a machine that works best when it is active. When you are taking active notes, choosing what is relevant, filtering the music from the noise, you will have instantiated those ideas deeper into your head. You will also develop an ear for essentials. Having an ear that ignores trivia and distraction and narrows in on the essential is an asset that will serve you for life.

When you take notes by hand, leave spaces on the paper where you can fill in gaps with notes from your books. You might make little diagrams about what the teacher is saying if you are savvy, rather than a mere timeline. Put question marks next to ideas that confused you in class, and if you lose the thread, write down "I lost where this was going." Also, writing personal things like how you felt at the moment might be helpful in evoking the lecture, though this is better for draft notes than final notes.

Note important concepts your professor brings up. Note recurring themes. Don't waste time on facts you can get elsewhere. Finding topics that are especially troubling or interesting to you won't only expose an area of ignorance you can then attend to, it can also give you something smart to say to the professor during an office visit.

Structuring your notes reinforces them in your mind. Merely taking notes means you've artificially allowed yourself to pay greater attention to the professor, but analyzing those notes and integrating them with the notes from your studies will let you visualize connections and deepen the ideas in your memory.

If you wish to rewrite your notes entirely, putting them into a computer or a more orderly book, perhaps a finely bound journal, consider making an index -- a broad general one, perhaps in the front or back cover of your notebook, or at the head of your computer document. Depending on how long you wish to use these notes, a basic index will help you get at the relevant information and not waste an hour muttering "I know it's in here somewhere."

Some students also consider transcribing their notes on 3X5 note cards. This fragments the notes, making it easier to shuffle them around, making connections between ideas by setting the notes next to each other. It can also make indexing your notes easier.





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