disco_barred wrote:Reading a case is what happens when you put your eyes on each word (more or less) one at a time and attempt to understand what they mean.
For some reason I am laughing hysterically at this (really generally accurate) definition of "reading a case."
READING the cases is important. BRIEFING them is busywork. I'm a rising 2L, and I still don't intend to skip cases.
A few students in my 1L class who tried to skip them and rely on Legalines were pwned by the professor, who had a strange knack for asking certain students certain questions whose answers were nowhere to be found in a canned brief. I think (hope) the professors are more relaxed after the first year, but I really think reading cases is a good idea in general. If the primary skill law school teaches is legal analysis, what better way is there to build that skill than to read how others have done it through the years?
I bought all my books for this semester new from Amazon and spent about $650.