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Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby pre-law » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:50 am

For those who have taken upper division classes what study aids would you recommend for each class/topic? Specifically for Evidence, Business Organizations/Associations, Criminal Procedure, Federal Income Taxation, Wills Trusts & Estates.

I've used the Forum Search for answers to this question but haven't found anything satisfactory thus far. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby geekrocker37 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:12 am

pre-law wrote:For those who have taken upper division classes what study aids would you recommend for each class/topic? Specifically for Evidence, Business Organizations/Associations, Criminal Procedure, Federal Income Taxation, Wills Trusts & Estates.

I've used the Forum Search for answers to this question but haven't found anything satisfactory thus far. Thanks in advance!



This thread is very relevant to my interests.

Also, I took Crim Pro as my elective last Semester and used the E & E. It was ok, pretty helpful for some parts but for certain ideas (like when silence can or can't be used) not so helpful. I would say look at it for helpful review questions, but keep in mind the specific cases and scenarious brought up by your professor and any ideas that s/he emphasized.

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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby smokyroom26 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:32 am

geekrocker37 wrote:
This thread is very relevant to my interests.


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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby dibs » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:09 pm

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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby pre-law » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:53 pm

geekrocker37 wrote:
pre-law wrote:For those who have taken upper division classes what study aids would you recommend for each class/topic? Specifically for Evidence, Business Organizations/Associations, Criminal Procedure, Federal Income Taxation, Wills Trusts & Estates.

I've used the Forum Search for answers to this question but haven't found anything satisfactory thus far. Thanks in advance!



This thread is very relevant to my interests.

Also, I took Crim Pro as my elective last Semester and used the E & E. It was ok, pretty helpful for some parts but for certain ideas (like when silence can or can't be used) not so helpful. I would say look at it for helpful review questions, but keep in mind the specific cases and scenarious brought up by your professor and any ideas that s/he emphasized.


I heard the Dressler Crim Pro supplement was pretty good. Anyone have any experience with this supplement?

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Cri ... t_ep_dpt_2

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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby SlipperyPete » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:25 pm

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Re: Study Aids for 2L / 3L classes?

Postby zeth006 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:35 am

SlipperyPete wrote:
pre-law wrote:For those who have taken upper division classes what study aids would you recommend for each class/topic? Specifically for Evidence, Business Organizations/Associations, Criminal Procedure, Federal Income Taxation, Wills Trusts & Estates.

I've used the Forum Search for answers to this question but haven't found anything satisfactory thus far. Thanks in advance!


Evidence: no idea, never had it
Corps: my professor was rather idiosyncratic, and I don't think any supplement would have helped; finding an old outline worked the best for me
Crim Pro: no idea, never had it
Fed Tax: Chirelstein . . . get it now --> read it over the summer --> ace fed tax
T&E: I used the Concepts & Insights book, which was written by the same people who wrote my casebook; I didn't read the casebook or pay attention in class, just read the supplement and managed an A.

In general, get a supplement that fits the criterion highest on this list:
  1. written by your professor
  2. written by your casebook authors
  3. follows the same general outline as your casebook/syllabus (e.g., if you cover consideration before offer/acceptance in Ks, find a supplement that also goes in this order)
But beware of two exceptions to that list:
  1. A good, detailed outline for the same class/professor/casebook from an previous student who got as good or better a grade than you're shooting for is often better than any supplement
  2. None of the preceding applies for Con Law or Fed Tax: instead, get Chemerinsky (for Con Law) or Chirelstein (for Fed Tax)



Yeah...I'm going to take your advice on Federal Income Tax. The prof I'm signed up with isn't known for being clear or inspiring. No way in hell I'm relying on lecture notes if graduates I've talked to said they did alright in spite of skipping classes.




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