kalvano wrote:chrisokc wrote:That's a good question. The only logical explanation that I've been given is that schools keep the books because it allows lawyers from the community who don't have access to Lexis and Westlaw to do research for free. My LRWA teacher said she prefers to "start with the books" and then go to the online databases. I don't understand that either, because even the secondary sources (Tex. Jur. and Am. Jur.) are online and have search functions. I cannot imagine why a student would ever use any of those books. Maybe Amish law students could utilize them...
Some firms don't have Westlaw / Lexis, and you have to use the library books.
Also, before Westlaw Next, Tex. Jur. and Am. Jur. were not so great on-line. They lacked the footnote cases that were so helpful.
I hope I don't end up working for a firm that sends me to the SMU law library to hit the ancient texts stored within. I can tell you that the folks I've seen using the books in the library appear to be past their prime--entering life's twilight years.