You may hear the word “outlining” from your students — oh, let’s say, from now until they graduate from law school! “Outlining” is really not a nebulous concept (it is just what it sounds like), but it tends to take on mystical proportions among first year law students. The ability to take a LOT of material and distill it down to the concepts you need to have in your brain for a law school examination is critical to academic success. And it isn’t easy.
Yesterday, Professor Naomi Goodno presented an ASP Skills Workshop on outlining. At least 106 students (those that signed my attendance list) crowded into one of our large classrooms to hear what she had to say. I sat in on the entire session, and I must say that the students received a fantastic overview of how to approach this critical skill.