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Black's Legal Dictionary

Black's Legal Dictionary
« on: July 12, 2006, 12:10:48 PM »
Is this valuable to have for 1L I did some research and found Black's to pretty much be the authority on legal dictionaries, but should I shell out the 65 bucks for it now???? Anyone using it now?

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Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2006, 01:03:21 PM »
probably not worth it. check with your school to see if they provide online access to Black's Law Dictionary. also, there'll be copies of it in your school library. nevertheless, i too would like to hear some current students' opinions on this.

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Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2006, 01:15:07 PM »
Don't waste your money on a law dictionary, unless you want it to decorate your office and make you feel like you are becoming a lawyer.

If you don't understand a term, 90% of the time you can get a definition with a google search. The other 10% of the time you can look up the word on the legal dictionaries available through WestLaw, Lexis, or at your school's law library.

Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2006, 02:16:01 PM »
I bought one, but realized afterwards that I probably am not going to need it that much; at least not right now... but I figured that I would eventually need one, so its not like its a waste or anything...

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2006, 04:05:00 PM »
Is this valuable to have for 1L I did some research and found Black's to pretty much be the authority on legal dictionaries, but should I shell out the 65 bucks for it now???? Anyone using it now?

Spend the 30 bucks and buy the pocket one. Don't bother with the hard-backed version. It's a lot more convenient than going on westlaw or lexis or even google. You'll find it fairly useful for the first sememster at least but as you become more familiar with the terms you'll need it less and less.

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2006, 04:06:56 PM »
The pocket one would probably be a good idea.  I bought the hardcover edition, and while I'm glad I have it and did use it a few times last year, I definitely think the pocket edition would've done just as well.

Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2006, 04:59:38 PM »
I have both the large hard copy one (gift from co-workers) and the small pocket sized one. I figure I can carry the pocket sized one with me at school/lbrary & I can use the large one at home.

Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2006, 07:44:51 PM »
My mom gave me the big leatherbound one as a gift when I started law school.  Currently my TV is propped up on it.  I used to use the pocket edition a lot until I realized it was on westlaw, I don't think I have used it since.  So I would honestly pass, though I do plan on displaying my black leather one in the office some day.

On a side note, I remember asking my property professor about a definition in Black's and she laughed.  She said never refer to blacks and just stick with what the professor defines the term as.  Probably good advice, but then again you never have your professor with you when you are briefing.

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Re: Black's Legal Dictionary
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2006, 09:41:16 PM »
I bought the big, black leather bound one from lawbooks for less.  Then, I happened to be in the UPENN bookstore the other day and saw the pocket sized ones.  I thought to myself "Sonuvabitch!"  Especially in light of the fact that I have to figure how I'm going to lug that big ass book, my class binder, laptop, casebook, etc around.  I'll probably get a pocket one when I go to get the textbooks.