« on: July 28, 2005, 12:18:17 AM »
I'm not sure I understand the question, if you mean "are the textbooks in the store the same as the (same title, same editors) textbook on half.com, then I would assume so, except for some highlighting or underlining. If you are asking whether Criminal Law by Phillips, Johnson and Cloud is different than Criminal law by Kaplan, Weisberg and Binder, the answer would be yes. Sure, in every subject there are cases that would be in every textbook (nearly every law student is going to read Palsgraf in Torts), but like bulletproof said, the cases could be edited differently, that is the same 45 page case could have been edited down to 12 pages in one book but only 10 pages in another. The case would generally be the same but most importantly (and this might go for different editions of the same book as well) a certain line, or list of facts or the holding, etc will most certainly be on a different page or a different part of the page. I can't count the number of times, and certain profs liked to ask this more than others, but, I can't count the number of times that a prof would ask, "where did you find that, or can you tell us what page that is on? If you have a different book or if you are reading Lexis or Westlaw to read the case directly, you won't be able to answer that type of question. I know it sounds silly but the prof wants an answer to his questions, especially something as easy as, "what page is that on." If you are trying to save money, you will probably be able to find most of your books used on Amazon or the like, and I'm sure your 2L and 3L classmates would be more than happy to sell you their books, my school has a used book sale at the beginning of the semester. Just keep in mind two things when buying used law textbooks: 1. Make sure you get the same edition. Some new editions aren't just a matter of adding a case or an essay. My Crim textbook was a new edition that, the teacher explained, was so different that we couldn't possibly use the last edition. and 2. Some people brief cases by what is called book briefing, that is highlighting and underlining the pertinent parts of the cases. Some people took this to the extreme and used about six different color highlighters and underlinging schemes throughout the whole book, Green for case name, yellow for holding, pink for facts, underlining for the most important facts...you get the idea, their book looked like a crayola crayon box exploded inside of it. If you buy a used book that you can't see, such as online, you may not know what you're getting and you could end up getting a heavily highlighted, and distracting book. Even if you can figure out their scheme, it may not be the best idea to rely on another student's notion of what is the holding, they could have been wrong. Anyway, hope that answered you question. Good luck.