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Bizarro Jerry

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Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« on: June 05, 2009, 12:15:20 PM »
E&E?
Law in a Flash?
Others?


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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009, 01:32:01 PM »
Con Law: Chemerinsky . It is certainly long, but it's also comprehensive; you won't need to read the whole thing for what you cover in your class.

I used the Evidence E&E and thought it was good.

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 04:53:43 PM »
Don't get the Evidence E&E. The rules of evidence are pretty intricate, and the E&E gives them shallow treatment. Moreover, it does not do a good job differentiating various parts of a given rule. I found the information in it helpful for maybe 10% of the class. My evidence professor last semester had us purchase the following: "COURTROOM EVIDENCE HANDBOOK: 2008-2009 Student Edition" by Steven Goode & Olin Guy Wellborn III. This softcover book was extremely helpful as I made my way through the course. The book has a section devoted to each rule, it starts out with an explanation of a given rules "scope & purpose", and it also provides excerpts from case law applying the rule. I'd go with that instead. Besides, your school's library likely has a copy of the Evidence E&E if you want to occasionally refer to it.


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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009, 12:21:13 PM »
The Evidence law in a flash cards are really helpful.  That's the only secondary source I needed.  Just be sure to read the FRE very carefully, and also read the commentary for every rule you study.

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009, 07:19:34 PM »
Con Law: Chemerinsky . It is certainly long, but it's also comprehensive; you won't need to read the whole thing for what you cover in your class.

I used the Evidence E&E and thought it was good.

The Chemerinsky supplement for con law is VERY credited. 

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2009, 07:31:53 PM »
Don't get the Evidence E&E. The rules of evidence are pretty intricate, and the E&E gives them shallow treatment. Moreover, it does not do a good job differentiating various parts of a given rule. I found the information in it helpful for maybe 10% of the class. My evidence professor last semester had us purchase the following: "COURTROOM EVIDENCE HANDBOOK: 2008-2009 Student Edition" by Steven Goode & Olin Guy Wellborn III. This softcover book was extremely helpful as I made my way through the course. The book has a section devoted to each rule, it starts out with an explanation of a given rules "scope & purpose", and it also provides excerpts from case law applying the rule. I'd go with that instead. Besides, your school's library likely has a copy of the Evidence E&E if you want to occasionally refer to it.



The details in all of the E&Es (or at least all of the ones I've used or known of someone using) come in the questions and answers; it may not be the case for you (as there usually are legitimate grounds for this complaint with most supplements), but often when people make this complaint about an E&E it's because they focus on the text, not the questions. It's true with pretty much all supplements, though, that they don't go into as much detail as you will in class. Since I generally used supplements to get the big picture and relied on class/other students' outlines for the minutiae, I found it very helpful. I suppose it depends what you're looking for.


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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2009, 09:14:29 PM »
The details in all of the E&Es come in the questions and answers; it may not be the case for you (as there usually are legitimate grounds for this complaint with most supplements), but often when people make this complaint about an E&E it's because they focus on the text, not the questions. It's true with pretty much all supplements, though, that they don't go into as much detail as you will in class. Since I generally used supplements to get the big picture and rely on class/other student's outlines for the minutiae, I found it very helpful. I suppose it depends what you're looking for.

I've also noticed this.  The E&E's often flush out many of the subtleties if you also do the questions and read the answers.  (And, as you state, normally the other subtleties are brought out in my classes.)

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2009, 09:18:59 PM »
If your prof is using Chemerinsky's casebook, you probably don't need the supplement IMO.  Just read all the notes/whatever around the cases in the casebook.  The casebook lays out the BLL pretty well.

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2009, 12:41:10 PM »
If you are looking for something short and to the point, I liked the Crunchtime: Evidence book and the Finals (Law School Exam Series) book on evidence. The outlines are condensed to the bare basics though, so if you are struggling with something, it may not be the best for you. If you are just looking for an overall study guide, they should be fine. Each also has sample Q&A and flow charts.

For con law, agreed ... Chemerinsky

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Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009, 09:39:33 PM »
Con Law: Chemerinsky . It is certainly long, but it's also comprehensive; you won't need to read the whole thing for what you cover in your class.

I used the Evidence E&E and thought it was good.

+1 on the Chemerinsky supplement. Priceless, and makes it understandable.
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