Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

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Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby BrooklynLaw16 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:51 am

Which hornbook should I buy for torts, Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs? Or should I just buy both?

From what I've read, Prosser and Keeton is a classic, however Dobbs is newer and includes updates in product liability law.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:57 am

Please don't buy either of those. Dobbs is 1648 pp. and Prosser/Keeton is 1200+ pp. That's serious overkill - you will never use more than a tiny fraction of them. If you absolutely must consult them at any point, they will also be available in your LS library.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby kaiser » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:26 am

You never buy hornbooks. Always go to your school library, where all the main hornbooks will be on file and available to reference in the rare event that you need clarification on a certain point. I'm not saying hornbooks aren't helpful. They provide some helpful explanation at times. But they are are merely reference materials, where you only flip to the particular page/section you need. Would be stupid to waste $$ for them.

As for which one I recommend, I used Prosser & Keeton for torts. As for the other subjects, I used Farnsworth for K's, Friedenthal, Kane, and Miller for Civ. Pro. (only cracked this one a few times), the Dressler supplement for Crim, and Chemerinsky for con law. Never did find a suitable hornbook for property.

Again, these hornbooks are rarely used, and only to clarify certain points that give you trouble. You will be pressed for time as it is, so don't expect to read these books cover to cover.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby BrooklynLaw16 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:53 am

Got it. Thanks.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby kaiser » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:18 pm

hopkins23 wrote:E&E


I feel like E&E serves a very different purpose than a detailed hornbook. E&E is great for drilling the concepts with the practice questions. And it is great as a general overview of the topics. But hornbook is meant for highly detailed clarification on very small points. Typically, when I referenced a hornbook to clarify on some obscure or narrow point, it was something that couldn't be found in a general E&E-type book. Not saying one is better than the other, but I think they have differing uses.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby Nova » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:27 pm

commercial outlines ftw

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby Nelson » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:16 pm

Hornbooks are for legal academics (maybe practitioners) and are serious overkill for a 1L survey. I can't imagine a situation where consulting one is necessary as a 1L, let alone buying one.

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby sublime » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:28 pm

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Re: Prosser and Keeton or Dobbs?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:14 am

If you have specific questions, go look them up in the hornbook in the library, which is I bet all your prof means. Don't buy hornbooks.




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