BlueDiamond wrote:Seems like there are a massive amount of supplement/treatise options for each subject.. can anyone in here list what they believe the best are for both first and second semester subjects of 1L year? Thanks.
I'd be happy to share with you what supplements I found most helpful. All I ask is that you first read my long post earlier on this page. Make sure to do ALL of those things prior to law school. It is very important to do them if you want to get an edge on your peers. Then and only then should you even take a peek at any of these books to get a cursory glance of what you will be covering.
Torts - Examples and Explanations by Glannon
The basic stuff is very standardized and no book makes it more clear than this one. The hypothetical questions at the end of each chapter are invaluable.
Contracts - Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts by Chirelstein, and also the student version of the contracts treatise by Farnsworth
The Chirelstein books is a short read and gives a glance at some basic topics. I didn't find it quite as helpful as some other people, but it gave a nice overview. Farnsworth is a large treatise. It is NOT the kind of book you read through cover to cover. What you do with treatises is look to the case reference index for the cases you are covering. The index will tell you the page where the case is mentioned. And that will lead you to a relevant section of the treatise that will hopefully have some helpful nuggets of information. This is really the only way to effectively utilize a treatise. Most people don't ever use them, but I found the Farnsworth one good.
Civil Procedure - Examples and Explanations by Glannon
Like the torts book, it gives good hypos to test yourself and lays out complex concepts with ease. Among the most helpful supplements
Constitutional Law - Constitutional Law: Practice and Policies by Chemerinksy
This is a very long book and you should use it like a treatise (as in DO NOT try and read the whole damn thing). Its a reference book in which you look to the relevant section based on the index of topics or the index of cases. The book is very long, and covers WAY more than any 1L con law class will cover, so please heed my warnings with regard to how you utilize books like Chemerinsky and other large treatises
Criminal Law - Understanding Criminal Law by Dressler
This book will be particularly helpful if you use Dressler's casebook since its keyed to it. But even if you don't Dressler is probably the most prominent crim law scholar around and lays out the info very clearly
Property - None
Property law is the most disjointed area of law you will encounter during 1L year. It is very hard to define what it is and exactly what it encompasses. Likewise, every property supplement treats the subject differently. And the differences can be pretty big. I would defer to your professor on this one. This is the course that you really don't want to try and prep for during the summer prior to law school.
I hope this information helps you all. Again, read my earlier post and do those things first. Put your full effort into it and you will have an unbelievable edge on the competition. This should be the last thing on your list.