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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby upgrade » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:03 pm

scoop wrote:Contracts everyone at my school had CASENOTES- which was keyed to their book. Never had to open the text book.


I was reading elsewhere that some advise just using casenotes instead of reading the cases in the text book. They claim that this allows you to focus on the relevant issues for the case while saving time to read other material. Is this a good idea? Something that you would use in certain classes and not others?

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby scoop » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:17 pm

Con Law- Everyone agree on Chemerinsky?? Or what??

How about:

Alt. Dispute Resolution?

Family Law?

Educational Law?

Criminal Procedure?

Thanks

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby mumbling2myself » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:33 pm

upgrade wrote:
scoop wrote:Contracts everyone at my school had CASENOTES- which was keyed to their book. Never had to open the text book.


I was reading elsewhere that some advise just using casenotes instead of reading the cases in the text book. They claim that this allows you to focus on the relevant issues for the case while saving time to read other material. Is this a good idea? Something that you would use in certain classes and not others?


One of the most important skills you're going to be learning is how to read a case and pull out the most important parts. I wouldn't take any shortcuts that would screw me on that lesson (especially seeing as upper-level classes probably won't have the same short-cuts and you'll have to pull it all together toot-sweet).

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby TTT-LS » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:22 pm

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby scoop » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:59 pm

I used casenotes keyed to my author for contracts and it was my best grade. But since I had them I did not touch my casebook ever. However, its less to read, pulls out what is important, etc. and then you have more time to study for other classes and always grabbing a commercial outline from lexis or aspen from online, is usually helpful!

Good law school advise: ALWAYS MAKE YOUR OWN OUTLINE!

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby Alexandria » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:36 am

I did stop reading the book and only read Casenotes for one class, because I simply needed to cut a corner somewhere. Second semester was so crazy busy that I had to do something to alleviate the pressure. And it turned out fine, but I still don't think I'd recommend doing that more than occasionally. Certainly not if you want to feel really engaged in your classes. I skipped that class often and mainly taught myself the subject from Gilbert's, Casenotes, and flash cards. It was my lowest grade, but I was still ahead of the curve, so I can't complain. I sacrificed that one to do better overall.

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby seagull48 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:40 am

property, by any chance?

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby Alexandria » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:45 am

Hahahahahahahaha.

You too?

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby btaylor62000 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:07 am

Here is my book list for the part time program I start this fall. Any suggestions for study guide purchases?

- Scott and Krause Contract Law and Theory LexisNexis ISBN: 9780820570297
- Scott and Krause Contract Law and Theory: Selected Provisions: Restatement of Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code, 2007 LexisNexis ISBN: 9781422411698
- Dominick Vetri, Lawrence C. Levine, Joan E. Vogel & Lucinda M. Finley, Tort Law and Practice (3d ed. 2006). This casebook is published by LexisNexis and is available in hardback or three-hole-punch looseleaf styles. Either one is fine for the course.
- Kunz et. al., The Process of Legal Research 7th ed. (2008)
- (1) FINE, AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEMS, ANDERSON, 1997
- (2) SIMON, ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT, REV. ED., LEXIS/MICHIE, 1996
- (3) SCHERTZER, THE ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR, MACMILLAN, 1986
- (4) MOORE AND PARKER, CRITICAL THINKING, 8TH ED., MCGRAW-HILL, 2007.
- (5) DVD MOVIE “ABSENCE OF MALICE” 1981 STARRING SALLY FIELD & PAUL NEWMAN.

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby upgrade » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:52 pm

scoop wrote:I used casenotes keyed to my author for contracts and it was my best grade. But since I had them I did not touch my casebook ever. However, its less to read, pulls out what is important, etc. and then you have more time to study for other classes and always grabbing a commercial outline from lexis or aspen from online, is usually helpful!

Good law school advise: ALWAYS MAKE YOUR OWN OUTLINE!


You mention commercial outlines from lexis online, are these free?

Are there useful, free supplements we can obtain through Lexis or Westlaw? I don't have access to see what's available on either, yet.

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby scoop » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:00 pm

I think you can get some free from lexis. However, I got a lot of commercial outlines from other classmates or other students I knew that were in law school. I am sure you can do the same. Probably even through this website :)

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby léa » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:18 pm

hi
i am not a law student as i am still preparing for LSAT but i have a question you guys talk about books and subject like all law schools uses the same courses is that true?

:)

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby scoop » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:37 pm

Yeah Harvard and Florida Coastal are learning the same things as all law schools. Some subjects may vary but not by much!

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby hypocampus » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:23 pm

I bought some of these books, but never used them. At least in my experience, the professors and casebooks taught me all I needed to know.

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby bournefree » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:24 pm

great information. Thanks!

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby Rolloss » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:47 pm

So the consensus is these books:

Contracts: Concepts And Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts by Chirelstein
http://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Case-Ana ... 660&sr=1-1

Constitutional Law: Constitutional Law: Principles And Policies by Chemerinsky
http://www.amazon.com/Constitutional-La ... 816&sr=1-1

Civil Procedure: The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis by Glannon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... schools-20

NOT to be confused with Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations 5th edition, also by Glannon, but which is NOT recommended as highly as the previous book.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... schools-20

Here I want the Glannon Guide, not the Glannon E&E, correct?

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby Ipsa Dixit » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:16 pm

Any supplement recommendations for the following courses?

    Jurisprudence

    Crim Pro

    Evidence

    Land Use

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby Moniqueluv » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:10 pm

note

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby TTT-LS » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:44 pm

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby iballufall21 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:37 pm

Hello,

What about Federal Income Taxation? I'm using the Freeland book. Published by Foundation Press.

And which one for Evidence?

Thanks!

:P

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby iballufall21 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:16 pm

iballufall21 wrote:Hello,

What about Federal Income Taxation? I'm using the Freeland book. Published by Foundation Press.

And which one for Evidence?

Thanks!

:P


anyone out there? heh 8)

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby orangeswarm » Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:23 pm

The black letter outlines for Federal Income Tax is pretty good. I'd recommend that over any other.


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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby lishi » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:28 am

I actually didn't use either of the Dressler ones you posted. Instead I used this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Cri ... 012&sr=1-2

The first one you posted is most likely not the one people are talking about, because that is just a casebook. It wouldn't really be anymore helpful than your own casebook, and could end up confusing you more. So I would highly recommend not getting that one.

The second one you posted I haven't ever seen or heard of so I can't comment. But the one I used, and linked to above, I really liked.

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Re: If you could ONLY buy 1 study guide for each class...

Postby kiwislug » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:32 am

=) thanks Lishi




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