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Hornbooks are typically 800 to 1200 pages. They are your real textbook for the course. A casebook is a maze in which the reader is somehow expected to be able parse through in order to obtain both rules and the big picture. It does not work. While other students read a 1000-page casebook, I only quickly read the casebook and instead focus my time on reading a 1000-page hornbook. We both invest the same amount of time, but the hornbook is about answers or a set of debatable answers and not about questions. By reading the hornbook, you will get a summary of the entire area of law and not just a set of sampled points that your professor chooses. If the professor were only to test on material directly covered in class, there would be no problem skipping these hornbook sections. The reality is, however, that a professor will quickly touch on a lot of things and expect you to have made connections and leaps from his comments. Sometimes, this would be nearly impossible to do so given the materials discussed in class. However, the hornbook likely covered the material in more depth. Also, sometimes professors will model a test question on a somewhat famous case that has been academically debated that is not in your casebook. He is testing how you extend the tools he taught in class to a new situation, although you, as a reader of a hornbook that covered that case, have seen the courtís actual reasoning.

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Where should I go next fall? / Cycle Gift/Schwag Thread
« on: November 19, 2008, 12:15:12 AM »
So anyone get anything  cool so far this cycle?  t-shirts, pens, mugs, all that crap totally counts.  anything interesting from previous cycles or to be expected this go around from any of you vets?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Crap! What am i gonna do?!?
« on: November 05, 2008, 12:38:42 PM »
i've got an admissions interview with a top 20 school alumnus this week. the school is a slight reach for me, so i really want this to come off well.  WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW GOING IN?!?  what's he gonna ask?  what should i ask?  what should i (not) wear?  come on everybody, help a brother out!

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Law School Applications / Status Checkers...?
« on: October 21, 2008, 06:59:01 PM »
where do i find these?  is everyone just talking about the one on LSAC?  are there individual ones for each law school on their website?  is there an official name for them that i might search??  thanks.

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pm me for a copy please...DS & PJC, i'd appreciate your help, but i understand if you're busy.  also, if you could contact Shivenstein, his help would be greately appreciated.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / ITT: You predict your 2009 cycle!
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:24:25 PM »
come on, let's have it...

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Law School Applications / Semi-Splitter...
« on: July 23, 2008, 05:14:06 PM »
3.1/165...what would you do?

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Studying for the LSAT / 4.8 GPA, 184 LSAT...
« on: June 26, 2008, 05:17:13 PM »
So what are my chances at Cooley?  i'm really wanting to get in there and maybe get some scholarship monies!  any thoughts on my chances?  so if you could tell me if i could get in that would be great.  i also would like to know if i should choose cooley over yale presuming i get accepted into both...   any help would be appreciated.  also, how would you rate my new haircut?  i think it's a 7/10, but i'll leave that up to you all.  thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAC.org closed on sunday....
« on: June 26, 2008, 04:33:52 PM »
could this be because they're gonna post scores early??

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Where should I go next fall? / Senior Year UG Grades....?
« on: June 25, 2008, 02:00:24 AM »

so, like many of you i'm sure, i'll be entering this year's cycle with a year of UG still to complete.  i hope to apply in early fall, but this won't allow me to bring up my GPA any with my senior year grades.  is there any way around this?  can i submit a later addendum to my application informing schools of my (potential) grade increase or will LSDAS do this, or am i just out of luck?  i've also considered (slightly) waiting 'til after fall semester to apply so i could have another semester's worth of grades under my belt, but i'm not sure this is my best option either.  any help is appreciated.

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