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danquayle
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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby danquayle » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:34 pm

Wavelet wrote:I actually did rely very heavily on online case briefs; instead of reading the casebook, I preferred to spend (a lot of) time reading hornbooks/supplements (i.e., something like this author suggests: http://www.top-law-schools.com/success- ... chool.html). Top 5% @ T20.


I just made this point in a bluebooking thread... its all about maximizing your ratio of effort to value returned. Droning through pages and pages of irrelevant fact and dicta just to glean the underlying concept is not the most efficient way to study. Go right to the concept, look at the briefs. If you don't understand the concept, then good to the book and hope the facts will be helpful.

I agree with you entirely, Wavelet: I did well by focusing my studies almost exclusively on supplements and hornbooks, while using the casebook as a resource. There's value in reading the cases, especially early on, but its not particularly efficient. If you can find a quicker way to learn the important substance, do it.

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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby RP1983 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:34 pm

danquayle wrote:
Wavelet wrote:I actually did rely very heavily on online case briefs; instead of reading the casebook, I preferred to spend (a lot of) time reading hornbooks/supplements (i.e., something like this author suggests: http://www.top-law-schools.com/success- ... chool.html). Top 5% @ T20.


I just made this point in a bluebooking thread... its all about maximizing your ratio of effort to value returned. Droning through pages and pages of irrelevant fact and dicta just to glean the underlying concept is not the most efficient way to study. Go right to the concept, look at the briefs. If you don't understand the concept, then good to the book and hope the facts will be helpful.

I agree with you entirely, Wavelet: I did well by focusing my studies almost exclusively on supplements and hornbooks, while using the casebook as a resource. There's value in reading the cases, especially early on, but its not particularly efficient. If you can find a quicker way to learn the important substance, do it.


Thank you for your post here. Can reccommend any supplements that I should be using for Civ pro, Property and Torts. For Civ Pro and Torts I have the Glannons and for Prop I have Gilberts. As far as westlaw, I am new to it so how would I find briefs? My professors seem to ask details in class discussion but I obviously only care about the final. As a matter of interest, how did you do during you 1L?

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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby Columbia Law » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:44 pm

yeah don't listen to these nerdy, socially awkward 0L losers who will never make it anywhere in real life. Do what you gotta do to succeed. If that means not reading cases, don't read them.

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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby savagedm » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:28 pm

Columbia Law wrote:yeah don't listen to these nerdy, socially awkward 0L losers who will never make it anywhere in real life. Do what you gotta do to succeed. If that means not reading cases, don't read them.


Read the first few cases till you know how to do it properly, then move to expedited methods that work better. It is a waste of time after you know how to pick apart a case, but it's crucial to know how to pick them apart nonetheless.

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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby zeth006 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:45 pm

Wavelet wrote:I actually did rely very heavily on online case briefs; instead of reading the casebook, I preferred to spend (a lot of) time reading hornbooks/supplements (i.e., something like this author suggests: http://www.top-law-schools.com/success- ... chool.html). Top 5% @ T20.



Slightly OT, but what are some good websites for looking up online case briefs?

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Re: Is it dumb to..

Postby LAWYER2 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:50 pm

zeth006 wrote:
Wavelet wrote:I actually did rely very heavily on online case briefs; instead of reading the casebook, I preferred to spend (a lot of) time reading hornbooks/supplements (i.e., something like this author suggests: http://www.top-law-schools.com/success- ... chool.html). Top 5% @ T20.



Slightly OT, but what are some good websites for looking up online case briefs?


Great question! I have been Google[ing] and have seen consistent results from sites like 4lawschools.com, but have wondered if other sites allow a more comprehensive internal search.

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Postby charlesjd » Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:07 pm

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