Despite the fact that, as Shakespeare said, "the pen is mightier than the sword," the pen itself is not enough to make an effective writer.
In fact, though we may all like to think of ourselves as the next Shakespeare, inspiration alone is not the key to effective essay writing.
Take very good notes on whatever your professor says the rules are. This makes it much easier to learn when you are reviewing your outline.
We also think it is a good idea to format your outline to draw attention to the rules.
Then, you can organize your ideas into an easy to understand outline.
It's best to start with a strong thesis statement that includes your reasons.
Writing your law school outlines (and starting early in the semester!
) is one of the most important things you can do to maximize your chances of graduating at the top of your class.
It is best to make it a habit to repeatedly review your outline (however you learn best! If you are auditory, cover up your outline and try to say it out loud.
I use to review all of my outlines by covering them up then trying to rewrite portions of them from memory (I kept doing it until I wrote it perfectly!