A Guide to 1L Supplements: The Key to 1L Success
As a 1L this time last year, I was completely lost and determined to succeed. I turned to and experimented supplements, which helped propel my GPA to the top ten percent of my law school class.
Profs will try to scare you into not using supplements and reading cases. This will not get you above median. You need to know the rules and how to apply them. Briefing cases is a start, but if you wake up late in the game not doing anything else, you may be in trouble. Therefore, I highly endorse the use of supplements, based on my own personal experience.
CAVEAT: Know what your Prof says, listen to class, and have an old outline from your Prof. Supplements may get you an A-, but to get an A/A+, you need to throw in some of your Profs. Quotes and cases learned in class to support the rules.
TIP: Look at an old exam before studying. This will help “key” your studying towards your final exam, the outcome of which, will determine your career to a large degree. Example: if your Civ Pro Prof. gives a multiple choice exam, Glannon’s Guide will be a lot more helpful than Examples and Explanations.
TIP2: In order to save time for supplements, buy a keyed casebrief book. This is a book that will have pre-written briefs and take a small fraction of the time to read, compared to the casebook. There are 3 lines: Casebriefs, High Court Case Summaries, and Legalines. In my opinion, high court case summaries is the best, most accurate, and easy to read. Legalines comes in second, and is good because it will have additional material as well. Casebriefs format did not work that well for me.
I. Supplement ratings by subject:
1. Civil Procedure:
a. Note: this is a Course in which the rules change, so get the latest edition.
b. Examples and Explanations Civ Pro: 10/10. This is probably one of the best law school supplements ever created. Read this to learn the subject and prepare for the exam. Written as a treatise, with examples and explanations to test your knowledge and teach you how to write an exam.
c. Glannon’s Guide to Civ Pro: 10/10. Similar to E&E but tests your knowledge with multiple choice questions. Excellent supplement. Breaks down a complicated subject into a clear and simple one.
d. Rich Freer’s BarBri Lecture: 8/10. If you are lost, listen to this. It will give you the best overview for CivPro possible and he is entertaining as can be. Not a 10/10, because many rules/topics may be missing from the lecture.
e. Inside CivPro: 6/10. Good for a decent understanding, and more in depth view of CivPro.
f. Gilbert’s CivPro. 7/10. Use this after you know the subject for review. The diagrams are amazing, come exam time.
g. Rich Freer’s Student Treatise: NR. I have heard excellent things about this book. I have not used it, so I cannot rate it.
h. CrunchTime Civ Pro: 9/10. Excellent for exam review. I would use this after EE/GG CivPro.
i. Acing CivPro: 10/10. Excellent to come up with an attack plan for the exam.
j. Siegel’s Civpro: 8/10. Very good for week before exam practice.
a. Note: K’s is a subject that doesn’t change much, so older editions should be fine.
b. Examples and Explanations K’s: 6/10. This is unnecessarily long. Otherwise a decent supplement
c. Gilbert’s K’s: 8/10: An excellent overview and outline format. Highly recommended.
d. Chirelstein Concepts Insights on K’s: 6/10. TLS rates this as much better, but from personal experience, this will only help if your prof is more theoretical. If you will be dealing strictly with hypos this isn’t necessary.
e. Whaley’s Sum and Substance Audio on K’s: 9/10. The audio itself is slightly unclear, otherwise this is probably one of the best supplements for K’s in my opinion.
f. CrunchTime K’s: 8/10: Excellent for before exam.
g. Acing K’s: 9/10. Excellent for an attack plan, but may be missing some topics or subtopics.
h. Glannon’s Guide to K’s: NR. This just came out, I believe, but I would take a look at it, because the others were good.
i. Epstein Barbri Lecture on K’s: 7/10. Not that thorough.
j. A short and happy guide to K’s: 6/10. Not in depth enough. Good for a brief overview.
k. Siegel’s K's: 8/10. Very good for week before exam practice.
l. Q/A k's: 8/10. Very good for exam practice.
a. Gilberts Property: 10/10. Hands down the best supplement on property. Written by one of the authors of the Dukeminier Casebook.
b. Examples and Explanations Property: 9/10. Very good for learning the subject and practicing hypos.
c. CrunchTime Property: 8/10. Good, but not that thorough. I would look it over though, before the exam.
d. Glannon’s Guide to Property: 4/10. Very incomplete. Not highly recommended.
e. Barbri Franzese lecture: NR. Have not used, but have heard excellent things.
f. Siegel’s Property: 8/10. Very good for week before exam practice.
g. Q/A Property: 5/10. Decent.
4. Criminal Law:
a. Note: your prof. may teach your state law. If he/she does, supplements will not include that generally. You need to learn your state’s law. Latest edition usually not necessary.
b. Examples and Explanations CrimLaw: 5/10. Decent for learning the subject and practicing hypos.
c. Glannon’s Guide to Crimlaw: 6/10. Decent for learning the subject and practicing hypos.
d. Understanding CrimLaw: 9/10. Written by Dressler. Treatise format, but probably the best written material out there.
e. BLL Outlines CrimLaw: 7/10. Written by Dressler. Outline format, decent, but far from the best.
f. Sum Substance CrimLaw Audio: 10/10. By Dressler. This is audio, and as good as it gets. One of the best LS supplements out there.
g. Siegel’s CrimLaw: 7/10. Good for week before exam practice.
h. Acing CrimLaw: 5/10. Ok.
a. Note: Latest edition is worth it, because of new law in products liability.
b. Examples and Explanations Torts: 9/10. Written by Glannon and an excellent supplement. Highly Recommended.
c. Gilbert’s Torts: 6/10. Not that great as the other materials by gilbert’s.
d. Glannon’s Guide Torts: 7/10. A good quick read, worth the read, but very lacking in terms of the problems given.
e. Concepts insights on Torts: 9/10. Excellent for the theory in torts. Will work well for hypos too.
f. Crunchtime torts: 8/10. Very good, but not the best crunchtime out there.
i. Siegel’s Torts: 8/10. Good for week before exam practice.
j. Acing torts: 6/10. Not as good as K’s or CivPro.
k. ExamPro torts: 5/10. similar to Siegel's, but siegel's is better.
a. Note: in conlaw ALWAYS get the latest edition.
b. Chemerinsky conlaw: 10/10. The key in ConLaw. But not an outline format, very long. So you might need something else to break it down.
c. Crunchtime conlaw: 10/10. Excellent supplement. Read this before the exam. And during semester
d. Law School Legends Audio on conlaw: 6/10. Outdated. Too short. Good for overview.
e. Sum Substance Audio Conlaw: 9/10. Excellent if you are lost. But not up to date. Don’t rely solely on this.
f. Nutshell conlaw: 7/10. Good for a succinct overview.
g. Examples and Explanations conlaw: 6/10. Not as good as others.
h. Siegel’s conlaw: 9/10. Excellent for week before exam practice.
i. Q/A Conlaw: 5/10. Siegels is better.
j. Gilbert’s Conlaw: 7/10. Good for use as a kind of conlaw guide/index.
k. Acing conlaw: 5/10. Not the best acing formatting. It is more written like a treatise.
l. Inside Conlaw: 4/10. Not awesome, lengthy and if you like this format, stick to chemerinsky.
m. Emanuel's conlaw: 8/10. Very detailed briefs of all cases and very easy to read format. also comes out with a new edition yearly. If you are short on time, stick with the crunchtime series.
n. Nowak/Rotunda concise conlaw hornbook: 7/10. Similar to chemerinsky, but chemerinsky's is better.
o. Glannon's Guide to conlaw: 3/10. Not great.
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