Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

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Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby weber35 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:30 pm

Hello,

I just received my list of required textbooks for the coming semester (1L). I've found a 'Casenote Legal Brief' keyed to my particular casebook. Question for older students: Are Lexis Nexis' canned briefs just as useful as this series? Can I rely entirely on their briefs for all my classes, or should I purchase this particular casenote and seek out others for my remaining casebooks?

I don't intend on substituting actually reading the cases with canned briefs, but I do plan on incorporating their summaries in my outlines. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby 09042014 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:34 pm

weber35 wrote:Hello,

I just received my list of required textbooks for the coming semester (1L). I've found a 'Casenote Legal Brief' keyed to my particular casebook. Question for older students: Are Lexis Nexis' canned briefs just as useful as this series? Can I rely entirely on their briefs for all my classes, or should I purchase this particular casenote and seek out others for my remaining casebooks?

I don't intend on substituting actually reading the cases with canned briefs, but I do plan on incorporating their summaries in my outlines. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


I'd do the ones keyed to your book. Sometime cases have wildly different parts.

DF in property: "This case was about handicap rights in housing ... um I mean it's about leases."

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby weber35 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:38 pm

What can you tell me about Lexis Nexis's? I've only found one brief keyed to one of my casebooks. Will LN suffice for my other subjects? Or should I just find a highly-rated substitute? (I don't have access yet, so I cant check it out for myself). I'm really looking for key facts/rule of law. Thanks again.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby 09042014 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:48 pm

weber35 wrote:What can you tell me about Lexis Nexis's? I've only found one brief keyed to one of my casebooks. Will LN suffice for my other subjects? Or should I just find a highly-rated substitute? (I don't have access yet, so I cant check it out for myself). I'm really looking for key facts/rule of law. Thanks again.


The lexis ones kinda suck. They sumarize the case as a whole. Most casebook case's are significantly cut down.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby goodolgil » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:09 pm

Yeah, Lexis and Westlaw briefs aren't even as good as the random student ones you can find by Googling.

I think I looked at briefs once for the book you're referring to (think it was Civ Pro keyed to Friedenthal), and they were pretty good from what I could tell.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby traydeuce » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:07 pm

A word of advice. Nothing can substitute, for exam prep purposes, the process of going through the cases yourself and making up your own summaries. This is how you figure out what the cases mean, how you remember what they mean. Most cases are too nuanced to just yank their holdings out of a summary and apply them on an exam. The way a case's holding actually gets applied to facts, in practice, is really the thing; a nuanced understanding of that is what distinguishes a great exam from a competent one. So I would only use these summaries if you have real trouble accurately figuring out what a case is saying - in which case you'll need these summaries, or something like them, to survive.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby morris248 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:19 pm

I agree. I don't see any reason why you need Casenotes. There are plenty of free case briefs online. While I think that writing your own case briefs is a waste of time, you can get everything you need from Lexis or West.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby viking138 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:03 am

I personally loved casenotes, especially for Crim or Property where you often have SO many cases, most of which are relatively meaningless. For me, reading the 1 page brief before reading the case meant I could skim the case quickly. Sometimes I'd draw a different thing out of the case, but having an idea about what was going on before diving into it really helped for me personally.

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Re: Case Note Legal Briefs vs. Lexis Nexis

Postby kalvano » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:52 am

I dug my Casenotes for my Crim class. It was pretty handy.




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