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Do I need to buy a casebook?

Asked by weeveeship (4665points) September 23rd, 2010

Given that a case book just contains cases, do I need to buy one for law school or could I get by with just printing the cases off Westlaw or Lexis?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

Image is important for lawyers. I would imagine it is just as important for the law students. Get the case book.

iamthemob's avatar


You haven’t looked at a casebook yet, have you?

(it’s not just cases. it’s explanations and discussions, questions etc., like any textbook. And it’s also an extraction from the cases covering the particular point in question).

perspicacious's avatar

The casebooks do have some discussion of the cases. Admittedly I never found it to be extremely helpful. Take a look at a 500 page casebook. Do you really want to print out all of those cases? I hated casebooks but I did always buy them. I bought them used and sold them after the class was over. I kept the (I can’t remember what they are called) equivalent to Cliff Notes in literature.

BarnacleBill's avatar

How else will you find out about legal classics such as “The ladies of the chorus of the Wututtut Review” in the footnotes of Brimlow v Casson, [1924] 1 Ch. 302?

GMO's avatar

Casebooks don’t necessarily just reprint cases – but also include summarized cases, analysis, & commentary. I advise getting the book. It’s a small price to pay when looking at the total price of legal education.

weeveeship's avatar

I bought the casebook. Using it right now…

perspicacious's avatar

@BarnacleBill I do remember a few of those entertaining ones.

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