I found XOXO and LSD, lawschoolblogger.com, boyinsuit.com, 4lawschool.com, jollylawger.com, etc. etc. etc. and sat in front of my computer watching youtube video's to try and get a sense of what school was going to be like.
So the student who studies the elements of a tort the day before attending class is also wasting time because the student doesn't know exactly how the professor will word his definition, is that what the two of you are saying? If we are supposed to come to class prepared, having studied the material, I think we will end up learning what we read and then possibly having to unlearn somethings in class.I'm not trying to be argumentative, but I'm not understanding how to reconcile the, "read the assignment and be ready to discuss it during class," that I know is a part of law school with, "don't read anything in advance because you won't understand it or it might not be worded how your professor words it."
The reason you're supposed to read before you get to class is to have some idea what the professor is talking about. You have the background from the cases to get to whatever rule you're supposed to "get" (or, more commonly, you have the background to "get" that there are multiple interpretations and the arguments for or against each).Reading an overview of the black letter law gives you a chance to build a framework before you step into class. You'll have somewhere to put all of those things you're supposed to "get" and you'll be able to see how they fit together. This is especially important in (my opinion here) contracts, con law, and torts (to a lesser degree).I would not recommend reading a casebook over the summer. Do that as readings are assigned. However, there are some pretty good short overviews out there which I think are helpful.But the usual rule applies... your mileage may vary.
Do you consider E&Es to be short overviews? I read the battery and assault chapters in Glannon's E&E a few days ago, just to get an idea how E&Es are formatted, and thought the material was really easy to understand without delving too deeply into the subject matter.
The E&E's are pretty good for an overview and are also useful for review during the semester.