Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

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spend the money??

Poll ended at Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:07 pm

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jockinjay-z
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Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby jockinjay-z » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:07 pm

Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby peterstein » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:08 pm

You don't need a law school dictionary.

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vanwinkle
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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:08 pm

What is a law school dictionary? Black's Law Dictionary is a law dictionary. I've never heard of a law school dictionary...

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby blsingindisguise » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:09 pm

A law dictionary is not worth the paper it's printed on.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby BobSacamano » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:09 pm

Don't spend your money on a dictionary. You'll get access to Black's on Westlaw or Nexis, I don't remember.

Also, Google usually suffices.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby Bingus McBadger » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:09 pm

jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.



Only if you're retarded and don't know how to use a computer or the internet. Go slam your head into a wall a few times for this topic. Who, your dad?

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby vamedic03 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:13 pm

jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.


Buy the Black's pocket law dictionary for ~ $30. Use it for the first 3 weeks of law school when you have no idea what anything means... then put it on your shelf and use it the rare time that you have to look up 'assumpsit.'

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby findlayswimmer28 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:16 pm

I bought the $30 Black's, used it for the first two weeks, and now it's gathering dust on my bookshelf. It was worth it until we had Lexis and WestLaw, which weren't set up until the second or third week of school.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby RUQRU » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:21 pm

vamedic03 wrote:
jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.


Buy the Black's pocket law dictionary for ~ $30. Use it for the first 3 weeks of law school when you have no idea what anything means... then put it on your shelf and use it the rare time that you have to look up 'assumpsit.'


15 seconds on Google yields this:
http://www.answers.com/topic/assumpsit

Good enough?

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby Matthies » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:23 pm

i have had the big Black's Law Dictonary for years. And the day I moved in to my houes in the city i went to law school in I found the door to my office would not stay open so i used the blacks to prop it opemn. There is has satyed untouched for five years. You don't need it and won't use it.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby Matthies » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:25 pm

RUQRU wrote:
vamedic03 wrote:
jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.


Buy the Black's pocket law dictionary for ~ $30. Use it for the first 3 weeks of law school when you have no idea what anything means... then put it on your shelf and use it the rare time that you have to look up 'assumpsit.'


15 seconds on Google Images yields this:
quote]

yields pictures that would likley get me baned for posting a link to, but are now in my favorites for later viewing

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby webbylu87 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:28 pm

Matthies wrote:
RUQRU wrote:
vamedic03 wrote:
jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.


Buy the Black's pocket law dictionary for ~ $30. Use it for the first 3 weeks of law school when you have no idea what anything means... then put it on your shelf and use it the rare time that you have to look up 'assumpsit.'


15 seconds on Google Images yields this:
quote]

yields pictures that would likley get me baned for posting a link to, but are now in my favorites for later viewing



ITT: We learn that 1) purchasing a law dictionary is a waste of money and 2) matthies is an ass man.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby Warhawk » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:36 pm

vamedic03 wrote:
jockinjay-z wrote:Hey guys, I'm a 0L in the market for a law school dictionary. Everyone I talk to says getting the latest version of Black's Law would be the best, however is it really worth $100?? :shock: That is instead of settling for a more cheaper previous version or even for Webster's version which is a lot less $$?? Thanx.


Buy the Black's pocket law dictionary for ~ $30. Use it for the first 3 weeks of law school when you have no idea what anything means... then put it on your shelf and use it the rare time that you have to look up 'assumpsit.'


"assumpsit" causes me to maniacally cackle every time I see it. :roll:

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby blsingindisguise » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:27 pm

they call me assumpsit, cuz when i see an ass I humps it

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby jennylynn » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:12 pm

I got the "pocket" version. It's much cheaper and has pretty much every work you'll need at this level. And I only got it because I didn't have internet for a few weeks.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby goosey » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:56 pm

its on my list of required books, should I still skip it?

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:58 pm

goosey wrote:its on my list of required books, should I still skip it?

:shock:

Required by who?

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby goosey » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:59 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
goosey wrote:its on my list of required books, should I still skip it?

:shock:

Required by who?


legal writing professor

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:01 pm

goosey wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
goosey wrote:its on my list of required books, should I still skip it?

:shock:

Required by who?

legal writing professor

That's such BS. If you actually need to look a word up, use the Internet. If you need the dictionary for some bizarre reason (he's crazy enough to give you an assignment requiring it) your law library should have at least one copy on reserve. You should be able to avoid needing to buy one.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:08 pm

If you're referencing the big, giant one... don't get it.

Get the cheaper pocket edition if you get one at all. That is something that I actually did use in law school. It's a lot lighter and has practically any term you would encounter as a 1L. Although you could probably get by without one, I found having one on hand helpful.

If you must spend $100, at least get the pocket one that comes with a disc. That disc has what the full one has. You can just type in the word (which unfortunately requires knowing what it is... unless you just want to look at a list of words).

And before anyone goes on about how it's free on WEST... c'mon... it's a total pain to use Black's on WEST. It would be so much easier to have no hassle and use it in one of the aforementioned ways.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby vyelps » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:38 pm

Lexis and WestLaw probably have access to Black's. If not, use the one in the library.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby Jarndyce » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:51 pm

West has it. You won't ever really need it because, as so many people have said, you can google anything you don't know. Also, the book was required for our class too... I didn't buy it, and it was never needed. Don't waste money - especially $100. That is absurd.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby NewHere » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:08 am

I thought it was worth it, but then I like dictionaries.

Do you need it? Absolutely not. You'll have access for free via Westlaw. (And if somehow you don't, you can always decide to buy one then.)

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby 03121202698008 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:54 am

If you really feel you need one there is a Black's Law dictionary app if you have an iPhone. It's way cheaper than the printed one.

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Re: Is law school dictionary worth $100??!!

Postby nealric » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:33 am

As said before, westlaw has Black's available online. No point in purchasing a paperweight.




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