Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

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Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby wiseguy33 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:35 am

I'm specifically asking re: Prosser's Torts (Casenotes) and Dawson's Contracts (Casenotes, Legalines, or West).

Supplements I already have: Glannon's E&E on Torts, Emmanuel's keyed to Prosser's Torts, and Chirelstein on Contracts.

Is it worth it to buy the commercial casebriefs as well? If so, which ones?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby NYC Law » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:41 am

Why not just use the free ones on west?

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby JazzOne » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:43 am

NYC Law wrote:Why not just use the free ones on west?

+1

I've used Westlaw to make every outline in law school. For some classes, I never even read the case book.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby nelaw2010 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:52 am

JazzOne wrote:
NYC Law wrote:Why not just use the free ones on west?

+1

I've used Westlaw to make every outline in law school. For some classes, I never even read the case book.


Just sent you PM. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby shepdawg » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:50 am

NYC Law wrote:Why not just use the free ones on west?

2L here who never learned how to find a West case brief. How's that done?

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby JazzOne » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:03 am

shepdawg wrote:
NYC Law wrote:Why not just use the free ones on west?

2L here who never learned how to find a West case brief. How's that done?

Are you using the old West? Or do you have WestlawNext?

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby shepdawg » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:04 am

JazzOne wrote:Are you using the old West? Or do you have WestlawNext?

I like Next and use that (unless I have to print)

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby JazzOne » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:14 am

shepdawg wrote:
JazzOne wrote:Are you using the old West? Or do you have WestlawNext?

I like Next and use that (unless I have to print)

Huh, this is the first time I've really looked for briefs on Next, and I can't seem to find it. The old Westlaw just had a link at the top of the case that allowed you to see the case brief instead.

However, the case briefs were nothing more than the short description at the top of the case plus the headnotes. Now that I think about it more carefully, I usually use the headnotes to formulate my outlines. I try to find the headnotes that correspond to the points made in the casebook or by my professor.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby wiseguy33 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:57 pm

Sounds like there's a consensus. Thanks all.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby nborders » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:35 pm

I got the casebriefs keyed to my property, contracts, and civ pro classes. Bought them used from Amazon for roughly $12 each. Saves me a bunch of time by not having to brief the cases in those classes. I just wish they made one keyed to my torts casebook.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby leobowski » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:55 pm

Just type the case name into google. 95% of 1L cases have a free brief out there somewhere.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby rawrab » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:03 pm

I use casenote legal briefs keyed to my casebooks and they are the BESTTT. They kick the shit out of crappy free briefs online or even the westlaw/lexisnevis briefs. I would say they're the best supplement I've bought so far.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby LAWYER2 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:48 pm

I agree. For the price you can't go wrong with a brief book keyed to your casebook. Even if it's keyed to a previous edition, generally, you only miss a few added cases which in turn I use Nexis to look up.
Lexis/West don't articulate the issue like the brief books do. However, to each is own.

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Re: Worth it to buy casebriefs keyed to book? If so, which ones?

Postby Metaread » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:14 pm

Yeah, the Lexis outlines just seem to list the issues, rather than explaining them. Not really helpful, unless I'm missing something. My friends said you can expand each "level" of the outline, but I haven't found the button that does that in CaseNotes just yet. Anyone around to shine a light on this?




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