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Briefing cases for class

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2004, 10:58:12 AM »
I think it's mostly geared toward briefing for class, although I don't have it with me so I can't check. But he explains that briefing is useful both for class and as an exercise to help you understand the reasoning judges use in forming their opinions. I'm not sure how "real" briefing (not for class) would be much different.

jgruber

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2004, 10:59:37 AM »
I think it's mostly geared toward briefing for class, although I don't have it with me so I can't check. But he explains that briefing is useful both for class and as an exercise to help you understand the reasoning judges use in forming their opinions. I'm not sure how "real" briefing (not for class) would be much different.

Does Planet Law School recommend this book?

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2004, 11:18:38 AM »
yep.

jgruber

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2004, 11:39:18 AM »
yep.

Aha!  My memory does work, at least part of the time.  What's a reasonable price on this book?  I think I will get one.

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2004, 11:45:57 AM »
list price seems to be $23 which seems like a lot, it's only like 130 pages, but I can't find it anywhere for cheaper than that.

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Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2004, 11:55:55 AM »
I've heard from current 1L's that briefing cases is really unneccesary.  At the most, you should brief cases the first month of so of school, to get used to analyzing cases.  Once you can read a case effectivly, you won't need to brief.  Personally, I've done a few briefs in Ugrad, and I found them to be useful for learning how to read cases, but uneccsary after doing 2 or 3 cases. . .

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Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2004, 12:04:28 PM »
list price seems to be $23 which seems like a lot, it's only like 130 pages, but I can't find it anywhere for cheaper than that.

barristerbooks.com has it for around $23, and I haven't found it cheaper than that. However, you might want to see if you can check it out from your law library over the summer. I don't know if they will let you, but it is worth a shot.

I guess I am just a little excited and can't wait to start school. I've heard the horror stories, but I'm still anxious ...

jgruber

Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2004, 12:08:15 PM »
I've heard from current 1L's that briefing cases is really unneccesary.  At the most, you should brief cases the first month of so of school, to get used to analyzing cases.  Once you can read a case effectivly, you won't need to brief.  Personally, I've done a few briefs in Ugrad, and I found them to be useful for learning how to read cases, but uneccsary after doing 2 or 3 cases. . .

This runs contrary to Law School Confidential and others.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.


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Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2004, 12:11:22 PM »
I've heard from current 1L's that briefing cases is really unneccesary.  At the most, you should brief cases the first month of so of school, to get used to analyzing cases.  Once you can read a case effectivly, you won't need to brief.  Personally, I've done a few briefs in Ugrad, and I found them to be useful for learning how to read cases, but uneccsary after doing 2 or 3 cases. . .

This runs contrary to Law School Confidential and others.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

was surprised to hear this too.  But I asked a few students at NYU and CLS and the unanamous response was that people don't really brief cases.

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Re: Briefing cases for class
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2004, 12:14:25 PM »
LS Confidential seems to advocate full-briefing at first, and then just making brief-like notations in your reading as soon as you think you're ready, doesn't it? Isn't that the highlighting method?