albanach wrote: shadowofjazz wrote:
sl5uw13 wrote:how essential is it to get the newest edition of the supplements?
Really only essential for CivPro and ConLaw since new cases come out all the time that change the law. Contracts, CrimLaw, Torts, and Property law have remained relatively unchanged for decades.
I disagree on this. About the only big recent case affecting CivPro is Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and it makes up only a small part of class-actions, a topic you'll probably cover in a day or two.
For ConLaw, Chemerinsky is still the go to despite being three years old. I haven't heard anyone suggest that a different supplement should be used for ConLaw simply because it's more recent.
I think a good rule of thumb for core 1L classes would be to make sure your supplement for any course is less than 4-5 years old. Cases all have dates, so it's easy to establish which are newer than your supplement and use the library hornbooks for help if you need it.
Why risk your understanding of topic(s) just to save $30? You completely misinterpreted both my answer to the OP and the OP. He or she was asking about getting the newest edition of a particular supplement, not getting the newest book possible. I would still recommend:
(1) the Glannon Guide for CivPro (2013 edition)
(2) Glannon E&E for CivPro (2013 edition)
(3) Chemerinsky for ConLaw (2011 edition)
If you look at the past editions for those books, they will be missing substantial case law which your class will definitely touch (next oldest editions are GG 2007, EE 2008, and CHEM 2006.)
I never said you had to take a brand new supplement (2014) over another supplement because it was newer, only that when looking at a particular supplement (e.g. GG or EE or CHEM), get the newest version you can get for CivPro/ConLaw and its fine to get older versions for Torts/Crim/Ks/Prop.
sundance95 wrote:Other than Emmanuel s for Ks and the Civ Pro e&e, you probably shouldn't be buying any at all. They are all on reserve and you can positively or scan a section if you really need it.
Most students spend too much time re reading the same concepts they already know in supplements when they should be practicing applying those concepts in practice exams.
I will just add to this that practicing application of the law is correct and should definitely be done to at least some extent, but some people will just not pick up the law from just class/casebook, and re-reading some concepts in supplements will help them more than trying to apply law they don't know. That's how it was for me and figuring out how substantive due process in the fundamental rights realm fit in with regular substantive due process and equal protection. Chemerinsky was amazing at that.
Also yes, every supplement you can imagine is on reserve. You can also always create a shared amazon account for a study group (up to 6 people), buy the kindle version of the supplement, and get everyone access to it through the kindle apps for PC/MAC (or through actual kindles).