« on: March 25, 2006, 08:11:16 PM »
Delaney has formats to write exams that to me make up most of the practical help the book gives.
I didn't find Delaney's formats helpful. I thought that LEEWS was better for the actual exam writing itself. The only thing I found helpful about Delaney's was the general advice that I mentioned in my post above. I've spoken with others who feel that Delaney's was completely useless in comparison to LEEWS. I wouldn't go so far to say that it was completely useless, but I don't think it was that great.
Have you read/done LEEWS and practiced the strategies? If so, I can't imagine that you found Delaney's even close to as helpful as LEEWS.
I think Delaney's Learning Criminal Law by advocacy is also real good for learning how to deal with all exams, not only criminal law exams. Bascially he writes a blurb explaining something in criminal law, then gives an example of an exam question on the subject, then gives a model answer, and sometimes model answers of what not to do.
Not to come off as hostile here, but I disagree regarding Delaney's Criminal Law book too. I read PLSII and bought pretty much all the books AF recommended. I found Delaney's Crim Law book to be one of the most worthless books I bought for 1L. I found the Crim Law E&E and Gilberts to be much better supplements for Crim Law.
I like Delaney. I think his best book out of all of them is "Learning Legal Reasoning." I would recommend this book for incoming 1L's. It's a very good introduction to case briefing. Even though I don't think case briefing is that important or that helpful in terms of learning the material, this books teaches you how to do it well. It also introduces you to the language used in cases, the way the legal system works, and it provides a brief introduction to jurisprudence, which I found to be very helpful.