Textbooks: old v. new editions

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Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby csungrl09 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:10 pm

Hey All!

I am new to the whole law school textbook game and would appreciate advice on whether or not I should buy the older version of the assigned textbooks. What is your opinion on this practice? I figured I could just look up the new cases that aren't in the old textbook version.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby goodolgil » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:58 pm

It's pretty easy to get by in classes where the law isn't rapidly changing, which is very few classes (MAYBE don't do it for con law and civ pro or crim pro).

The best strategy is to buy the old edition, and then on the first day of class take pictures of each page of the table of contents for the new edition, so you'll know how to match up. I did this for classes like evidence with a $1 old edition I got on Amazon and it worked great.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby 09042014 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:00 pm

goodolgil wrote:It's pretty easy to get by in classes where the law isn't rapidly changing, which is very few classes (MAYBE don't do it for con law and civ pro or crim pro).

The best strategy is to buy the old edition, and then on the first day of class take pictures of each page of the table of contents for the new edition, so you'll know how to match up. I did this for classes like evidence with a $1 old edition I got on Amazon and it worked great.


Yep, this is what I did.

Hell my Con law book didn't even have ANY new cases.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby csungrl09 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:12 pm

thanks for the advice! I am definitely going to do this. the old versions are selling for $15 a pop, while the new ones are going for over $200.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:59 pm

For most 1L subjects, this should be mostly OK. But for Crim Pro or Con Law, I'd be more hesitant.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby 09042014 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:00 pm

Downside: I had to read Twombly via westlaw which was a huge mistake.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby 2014 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:43 pm

Your library will have the new version on reserve, just read the new shit there and the 95% of the repeat stuff in the old book.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby csungrl09 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:46 am

@2014, thanks! I wasn't sure if that would be the case but that puts me at ease.

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby LAWYER2 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:22 pm

It's a catch 22, yes you save money with older editions, however it requires more effort to ascertain whether you covered all the material. I personally do not purchase books anymore, but I'm a 3L and wouldn't recommend it for 1L's until you have a firm grasp of your abilities.
That said, I never purchased a new book in LS before, you'll find some good deals out there on used books!

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Re: Textbooks: old v. new editions

Postby Bikeflip » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:50 pm

If your school has a book scanner that will scan pages into a searchable PDF, do that.




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