What Constitutes a "Case Summary Book"

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What Constitutes a "Case Summary Book"

Postby bobbyp1819 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:08 pm

In article "Success in Law School - A Unique Perspective", the author mentions a case book summary:

"On the other hand, I will go home and take out my Case Summary book keyed to my class. I will also read the corresponding sections of the Examples and Explanations book for the class that explains and then applies the material...."

What does he mean by a case book summary? I am in Crim Law right now and I have my case book and the Singer's version of the E&E. What would I need for a case book summary, something like Understanding Criminal Law?


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Re: What Constitutes a "Case Summary Book"

Postby Paichka » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:22 pm

bobbyp1819 wrote:In article "Success in Law School - A Unique Perspective", the author mentions a case book summary:

"On the other hand, I will go home and take out my Case Summary book keyed to my class. I will also read the corresponding sections of the Examples and Explanations book for the class that explains and then applies the material...."

What does he mean by a case book summary? I am in Crim Law right now and I have my case book and the Singer's version of the E&E. What would I need for a case book summary, something like Understanding Criminal Law?


He meant the High Court Case Summaries (LinkRemoved). These are books which brief (usually) every case in a particular casebook. Useful, if you have the casebook to which they're keyed. Otherwise, you can just google the case name and usually find a case brief/summary online.

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Re: What Constitutes a "Case Summary Book"

Postby General Tso » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:26 pm

I prefer the high court summaries over the casenote brand. I typically use these to refresh my memory about cases at the end of the semester. I don't use them during the semester unless a case is unusually confusing.

But generally an E&E or Crunchtime is what you want to spend the bulk of your time on in the days leading up to an exam.

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Re: What Constitutes a "Case Summary Book"

Postby Paichka » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:31 pm

General Tso wrote:I prefer the high court summaries over the casenote brand. I typically use these to refresh my memory about cases at the end of the semester. I don't use them during the semester unless a case is unusually confusing.

But generally an E&E or Crunchtime is what you want to spend the bulk of your time on in the days leading up to an exam.


I never looked at Crunchtime, were they useful? I'm not a fan of the E&Es, except for Civ Pro. I thought the crim E&E was a little worthless -- Understanding Criminal Law was much more useful for me. I liked the whole Understanding series better than the E&Es, but supplements are kind of a personal choice, and highly dependent on your professor.

I had one HCCS book, and I really didn't use it unless I was too crunched for time to read the case before class (rarely). I think you can save the $$...it might be useful in a class like Civ Pro, where some of the cases are a little hard to follow, but on the whole, I don't think they'll make or break you.




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