I probably wouldn't do LEEWS again. It's great for some people... it's great for some classes.... just didn't work for ME or my classes! At my school, they will literally crucify you for not using IRAC, so the many books that I got on how to take law school exams were a total waste of money, since they all claim to be revolutionary by turning IRAC on it's head. Law-in-a-Flash for Future Interests is an absolute MUST, no point in the set for Contracts. I really like Examples and Explanations, snd will probably always use them when they are available. I like to use them right before I start a new section, just to get the "big picture", and then again when I'm done with a section and outlining, just to make sure I'm clear. I also really like Crunchtime. I'll go to the coffee shop the day before the exam, go over the "Exam tips" section (all the tricks and pitfalls to look out for... saved my butt a few times!) and do all the exercises. Oh, and if your legal writing prof is utterly worthless (like mine), get "Legal Writing in Plain English" by Bryan A. Garner.
Don't get sucked in to the study aid/hornbook trap. Buy your text books, do the reading, and if you feel like you need help, borrow a hornbook/study aid from the library.
E&E is actually more like a hornbook and nothing like an outline. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the brightest one in my class, and I really need some "plain English" assistance a great deal of the time. E&E is great for that. I have yet to meet a canned outline that I liked, however.. and I've even met one that was outright wrong! I'm not so confident as to second-guess the authors, but if you can't get a basic fact such as whether one party is a sibling or a spouse, that particular text is suspect. I found this in the Property Legalines keyed to Dukeminier. I've avoided it ever since. I'm already confused.
Well, if you want to buy the latest version, I'm selling. PM me.
I'm one of those suckers who buys everything - LEEWS, outlines, E&E, everything! As I said on another thread, LEEWS didn't help because none of my exams were issue spotters. I'm glad I have canned outlines only so that when I start work I have something to look at (although I did use some Gilberts outlines for first year exams to make sure I had the correct black lettr law).What I'm glad I spent money on: Chirelstein on contracts (not sure how to spell his name). E&E for most classes (and my advice is to read the sections in E&E at the time you cover it in class - you won't have time as exams approach). Canned briefs - my favorite were West High Court Case Summaries. It's still important to read cases your first year only because you have to learn how to do it - when you start working you'll have to be able to plow through cases finding the appropriate law, application, etc so you need to be familiar with it all (some kids at my school never read cases, only the briefs).
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