There are TONS of things we can tell you about creating a Civ Pro outline... but the most valuable tip is this:
For each major subject (personal jd, subject-matter jd, Erie etc), make "case charts". This means to make a two-sided chart. Above the chart, write a question that ties all the cases together. For ex: Personal Jurisdiction:Did the Plaintiff choose the correct state to sue this Defendant in?
One side of the chart is for "yes" cases and the other side is for "no" cases. Put each case on the correct side, and then write the case name, a few facts (to remind you what happened) and the reasons for why the forum state chosen was correct or was incorrect. Doing this will help you group cases together based on outcome. If you then have a closed-book exam, you can create a mnemonic device for each side of the chart. That way, you'll be able to write about all the cases that HAD minimum contacts and all the cases that did NOT have minimum contacts.
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Brainstorm about the "Erie Doctrine" so that you can spot the Erie question on exams. The Erie question will come up only when parties are in Federal court based on diversity jurisdiction (if you're not sure why, take a minute and think about it). Your fact pattern will need to contain some kind of state statute. Often, there will be a federal statute that potentially conflicts with the given state statute but sneaky law professors don't tell you about the federal statute. Instead, they give you a state statute that is very similar to a FRCP and its up to you to realize that the FRCP is the Federal rule that is used in the Hanna analysis.
Proximate Cause freaks everyone out. Learn it in a way that actually works. Most people understand proximate cause best when they think about things that fail the proximate cause test because they are not foreseeable. When someone is careless, most of the time, the resulting damage will be considered foreseeable. In order to be considered unforeseeable because it's blamed on a superseding event, you'd need to see an act of God or Nature, A criminal act or intentional tort of a third party, or an act by the victim himself.
Res Ipsa Loquitor is not the name of a tort. Res Ipsa is simply a method of proving duty and breach. Professors will often tell you that Res Ipsa is a "shortcut" and that's true it IS a short cut at TRIAL. Res Ipsa is not a shortcut on an exam. In fact, Res Ipsa requires you to discuss an entire three-part test.
Think about why you learned the Learned Hand Formula. Everyone knows that in a negligence case, we say that defendants have the duty to act "reasonably". The Hand formula is one way to solidify what "reasonable" behavior might mean in a particular situation. This is not the only way to define "reasonable" it's just one way. Other ways include using common sense, looking to industry custom, or consulting a statute.