There is a genre of law school preparation books that also employ this tactic. Anyone who has even casually looked into law school knows how hard it is. But these would-be law school gurus argue that, "the game is rigged;" "professors hide the ball intentionally;" and finally, that "there are secrets, such as 'holy grail' outlines and 'shortcuts' that will give the savvy law student an advantage over the competition." Further, these authors disdain the traditional approach to the study of law. This perspective views hard work in law school as something only for suckers. Some even advise students to get rid of their casebooks, stop "briefing" cases and focus their study on commercial outlines. These books take the opposite tact of traditional, well-thought out law school preparation books, that walk the student through the fundamentals of legal study,legal analysis and legal practice. After all, law school can't be as much work as everyone says it is, right? There must be a "trick" to it. These books purport to offer the trick.
The truth is this. The study and practice of law is a lifelong endeavor. That's why it's called a "practice". In law school, you learn a new way of thinking about things. We call it "thinking like a lawyer". I've written about it in my book, Law School Labyrinth, A Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education (Kaplan Publishing, March 31, 2009)and I've blogged about it extensively here. But the bottom line is that it is a definite skill that must be developed, like any skill. And the development of that skill takes a great deal of work, thought, and introspection. There are no shortcuts. There is no "fast food" version of "thinking like a lawyer." You have to learn to do it much like you learned to walk- one step at a time. You read cases. You brief those cases. You prepare for the Socratic onslaught in class. After class, you think about it some more and you capture all of it in you outline, so that you don't forget it. And the practice of law works the same way. You continually read, research, and dig into the facts and collaborate with your peers, in order to provide the best legal advice and representation possible. This is why Type "A" personalities make such good lawyers. They keep striving for perfection, although they know they will never achieve it. And that's why law school is taught the way it is. It works. Thousands upon thousands of lawyers have trained this way for many, many years.
I've been in law practice for a number of years now and I can see it clearly in hindsight. My intellectual portfolio is the sum total of all of my experiences, good and bad. And if I had attempted to skip those basic steps in the beginning, I am sure that I would not be the lawyer that I am today.
Certainly, the decision as to which approach you follow- law school is hard work; or law school is a rigged game and there are secret shortcuts, if only you will find them- is up to you. But I would strongly suggest that you don't eat the dessert, thinking that it's the entire meal.
Best wishes in your legal studies.