skoobily doobily wrote:It's seems that a large majority of people on this site quit case briefing completely 3 or 4 weeks in. Would it be too bold a move to not even buy the casebook, and simply used canned briefs to refer to in class?
other question: i've already bought supplements for my 3 substantive classes, E&E's for torts and Civ Pro, and Chirelstein's contracts. I know different books are going to work for different professors, but these seemed to be regarded as the most universally helpful books, as "safe picks". Was it a bad idea to do this before classes started?
Whether or not somebody breifs a case has nothing to do with whether or not it's worth your time to read the case. Read the damn cases, at least first semester.
Perhaps you could be a little bit more helpful. If every student says that it is a waste of time to brief cases then, yes, it does have something to do with whether or not it's worth my time to read/brief the case.
Very few people seem to think it worthwhile to keep up briefing the entire semester. If the "end goal" of everything we do should be to prepare for the exams, are case briefings really going to help for exam prep? Or is there some value to be taken away from simply reading the cases that people aren't mentioning?
If there isn't, and case briefing does turn out to actually be a huge time sink, then what would be the point of spending 600$ on books that i'm not going to use.
I'm not trying to win an internet battle or anything, i'm hunting down information because I don't have any except what TLS gives me. You're obviously someone who has advice to give, so perhaps you could help me figure out where i'm going wrong instead of giving me a dismissive answer.
I highly recommend reading them. I only took one legal class and it was in undergrad (it was meant to be taught like a first year law class, by the old dean of wash u law, so it has at least a little credibility) and I found I did much better than my classmates who didn't toil over their cases and instead read the briefs. I caught a lot more and seemed to understand a lot more than they did. It could be that I'm just brilliant like that, but I think reading the cases is the more likely reason.
Thanks for your input, but i'm looking for specifically for advice from those in LS already.