Naked Dude wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Read the casebook quickly (highlight the BLL or crucial rule) so you know what is going on, then look at the case brief if that helps you. But be warned... sometimes those canned briefs do not focus on the rule or analysis that your prof is looking for. I got away with not reading a decent number of cases last year (especially in Ks for some reason), but in general, you really should be using the casebook.
Also, I find case briefing to be an utter waste of time and so do most of the people I know at the top of my class, but YMMV. Some people swear by it, but if you don't get anything from it, don't worry about it.
I've heard the same about Ks from a lot of people at different schools.
Property, crim, and con law are probably the most prof-dependent, so the canned briefs probably don't help much. You could read the exact same cases as another student in a different section, and their prof may treat it completely differently or emphasize some aspects over others. Torts is a beast all on its own, and I think reading the cases in there is actually fun. The cases for Ks and Civ Pro are usually pretty dry and sometimes complicated, so the canned briefs may offer a short, straightforward explanation that you might not get after 1-2 readings through the case. So I suppose Ks and to some degree Civ Pro would lend themselves to the canned briefs better than other classes.
Still, you're investing lots of time and money, just read the damn cases. They're not that hard, and they can even be interesting at times.