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Steve Young

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Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« on: October 01, 2007, 06:04:23 PM »
1L hear.  I feel like reading the cases is very important in Contracts, Civ Pro, and Property,  but does anyone feel like you can do well taking good notes and just readin Emmanuel's for Torts?  The concepts are so easy,  I feel like I'm just skimming the cases because the ROL is so obvious.   

Just wanted to hear if others felt the same.

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007, 08:07:56 PM »
1L hear

I would quit law school if I were you, save yourself the money.  I see a career in waste management in your future.

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007, 08:45:32 PM »
It might really depend on your professor.  My torts professor spent a lot of time on the cases and the fact patterns so carefully reading and understanding the cases helped a lot.  For example, one of the essay questions on my torts exam took the briney case (the case where two dudes shot the third guy) and changed the fact pattern around a bit.  With that exam, having a good grasp of the black letter law and a familiarity with the cases helped you a lot. 

If you were a 2L then you may be able to get away with just reading commercial outlines and taking good notes but as a 1L i'd strongly recommend that you put in time reading the cases.  Also, torts cases are some of the more fun cases you get to read so it shouldn't be as painful and irritating as other courses. 

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007, 11:49:03 AM »
1L hear.  I feel like reading the cases is very important in Contracts, Civ Pro, and Property,  but does anyone feel like you can do well taking good notes and just readin Emmanuel's for Torts?  The concepts are so easy,  I feel like I'm just skimming the cases because the ROL is so obvious.   

Just wanted to hear if others felt the same.

Don't be duped. Although the concepts and ROL are simple by themselves, it can get complex when applying the ROL to the facts in an analysis. Reading the actual cases will help in this respect.

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 02:23:31 PM »
What is ROL?

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 11:02:57 PM »
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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 11:08:44 PM »
What is ROL?

Rule of Law

Thanks AMBUDOM, I'll make sure to give you good points once I am allows to  :)

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2007, 01:14:05 AM »
Well, i can honeslty say i enjoy some of these cases. Some are quite hilarious and others are just plain dumb. But i enjoy reading them. Our professor  goes over the cases in so much detail so it is really not hard to grasp. But the sad thing is, this is not the exam. Our professor wants us to name all the intentional torts with their elements. Then she will choose one for you to IRAC and you have to give her defintions from the cases of ex. Affirmative act, intent, harmful or offensive touching, and Causation. She wants it Verbatim also. then you have to apply it to the fact pattern she gives you. So going over cases in there is not really gonna help us to ace the final exam.


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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2007, 11:33:27 PM »
Read the cases for the sake of remembering the facts for the final. With elements and exceptions abounding, remembering the case(s) the prof will take the exam question from will help on the final. It's one less thing to cram during finals.

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Re: Reading Tort Cases worthless?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2007, 01:14:19 PM »
Do you guys remember reading that case where the kid hits some electrical wire, gets electrocuted, and then falls to his death?  I don't remember what the hell the rule of law was in that case but oh man that was funny..

well not for the kid.  it sounds sorta like a twisted tort professor's crazyass hypo
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