What is the Torts hornbook

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What is the Torts hornbook

Postby acharyainc » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:09 am

Anyone (presumably you upperclassmen) know what is the best hornbook to get for Torts? I asked my professor and she said she doesn't recommend one because "everything you need to get an A in the class is taught". I have a trust issue with law professors and would like to invest in a hornbook for my peace of mind.

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby 270910 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:42 am

The one that matches your professor's teaching style, syllabus, and casebook the best. It's different for every class. You can either ask 2Ls and 3Ls (who may or may not have decent advice) or wait about a month and skim through some in the bookstore/library to see which cover the material you do the best.

Every course is different, but many people report that Glannon's E&E matches their course well. It might not "match" your course though, so don't take that as gospel.

Also, your professor is correct that everything you need to get an A is taught. Hornbooks help supplement and reinforce, but there's nothing new in them you'll need on an exam.

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby acharyainc » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:51 pm

Hey thanks for the pointers.

I probably should have been clear with my question. Is there an established Hornbook for Torts? I know Prosser is well-regarded but are there any others that are more authoritative?

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby Hodgy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:22 pm

I've heard professors mention The Law of Torts by Dobbs

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby acharyainc » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:47 pm

damnit I'm confused about which one to buy.

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby 270910 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:45 pm

acharyainc wrote:damnit I'm confused about which one to buy.


...the one which matches your class the best after a month, or is recommended by those who have taken your class before. There are many torts hornbooks. There isn't a definitive one. They're all the author's summary of the law, they all have strengths and weaknesses and different relevance.

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Re: What is the Torts hornbook

Postby missinglink » Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:26 am

acharyainc wrote:damnit I'm confused about which one to buy.

Prosser is the classic, but he's been dead for a while so it hasn't been updated. Dobbs is more recent, and good too.




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