Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

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Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby arvcondor » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:14 pm

Prof is using the Cherminsky textbook. I probably don't need to give too many details on the treatise, since if you're advising me, you've likely seen it.

For that matter, can I just defer to Singer's property treatise instead of reading his textbook?

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby LawMan20 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:33 pm

If you don't care about getting outgunned by people like me who do both, then don't read it. :mrgreen:

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby Grizz » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:42 pm

Depends if your prof likes Chemerinsky's interpretations of the cases or not.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby hawkeye22 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:58 pm

It probably isn't necessary, but I would at least read the text at the start of the semester to make sure that your professor's discussion mirrors chemerinsky's.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby wiseowl » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:03 pm

What they said. Read the first few cases. See if he particularly leans on the analysis or the notes. Then hit the treatise.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby traehekat » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:45 am

Agree with what everyone else said. I read about 5 cases in the textbook and once I figured out that our professor pretty much said the exact same things in class as Chemerinsky did in the treatise I never picked up the textbook again. In fact, I pretty much read a semester's worth of material in about 3 days right before finals.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby wiseowl » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:39 pm

traehekat wrote:Agree with what everyone else said. I read about 5 cases in the textbook and once I figured out that our professor pretty much said the exact same things in class as Chemerinsky did in the treatise I never picked up the textbook again. In fact, I pretty much read a semester's worth of material in about 3 days right before finals.


Yep, me too. And it worked, beautifully. Allowed me to completely zone out during the class political debates.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby shock259 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:18 pm

Same here. There's a lot of repeated language in the treatise and casebook. And the prof emphasizes observations in the treatise. But I'm probably still going to read both because I have no idea what it is going on in that class.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby alicrimson » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:58 pm

I'm reading both. It doesn't take terribly long and I feel the risk outweighs the rewards. I wouldn't chance it but, then again, I'm pretty risk averse.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby smelltheglove » Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:00 pm

Only used the supp and got an A.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby jessuf » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:41 pm

Currently taking con law and am reading both.

For those who only read/are only reading the supplement, what do you do when you get cold called? My professor wants to know in-depth facts and what the court said about every little thing. It seems like I'd get screwed if I just relied on the supplement.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby kalvano » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:42 pm

Who cares? It won't matter come exam time.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby smelltheglove » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:06 am

kalvano wrote:Who cares? It won't matter come exam time.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby bceagles182 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:12 am

I read the supp and then skimmed the casebook. Got an A. My professor didn't coldcall that often but when he did, I usually had enough of an idea to give a decent (albeit somewhat incomplete) answer.

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Re: Cherminsky treatise: Should I even read the textbook?

Postby bartleby » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:40 am

im on the verge of only reading cherminsky after 3 weeks of con law. we have to read 30-40 pages a day, double digit cases, and he just asks impossible questions that have nothing to do with the specific readings. nobody in class knows what's going on.




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