dingbat wrote:Question for the 1L/2Ls on this site.
At what point do we find out what books we need?
Is it in the syllabus and is that released a few weeks before class?
Also, how often has a professor changed the required books?
On the registrar's page toward the end of the summer, there will be a list of all the classes and profs can go in and update their class by adding the syllabus or just a book list. They seem to go up with different speeds ... it's definitely not uniformly controlled by the registrar or any other central function.
I think in the fall, I had a couple of weeks notice, and in the spring it was more like ten days, between profs posting books and classes starting. You're totally fine on getting them in time if you buy new (esp. with Amazon Prime's free 2-day shipping). If you buy used from Amazon or elsewhere, you could run the risk of a slow shipper.
No profs changed the book list last minute. Most doctrinal classes will be taught by profs who've probably been using the same book (different editions) for years.