You only need to brief cases for the first few weeks of law school or for however long it takes for you to be able to recognize how to read a case, dissect it into its components (procedural history, facts, issue, rule, reasoning), and take from it whatever it is you are looking for. Once you are able to do that STOP BRIEFING!!! Get a case brief supplement or look up the cases on lexis or westlaw or whatever and call it a day.
cases offered in law school so can understand reasoning of case. it inefficient way to learn black-letter law, as that actually not what being taught.
Don't you feel that buying briefs vs makeing your own defeats the point of it though? Its not cheating, and some teachers encourage to do it in addition to your own to see if you missed anything yourself, but writing your own is how you really get it. Isnt it?
There is some value to reading cases -- in part to cover your @$$ if drilled by the prof -- but should not waste too much time doing it. I used good professional briefs and made sure I looked at both to resolve the facts, procedure, law, etc.
Quote from: cvtheis on June 10, 2010, 08:26:47 AMThere is some value to reading cases -- in part to cover your @$$ if drilled by the prof -- but should not waste too much time doing it. I used good professional briefs and made sure I looked at both to resolve the facts, procedure, law, etc.Generally true. The slightly different emphasis I would offer is this: Cases are NOT for classroom discussion. Sure, that's a nice bonus. But it doesn't pay to impress your classmates just as it doesn't hurt to bomb a discussion. (And most of us feel we do bomb discussions.) It really doesn't matter. [Paradox: reading cases for class doesn't help in class as much as scanning cases for understanding the point of law does.]The reasons we read cases is to get better at analysis. This means that we don't necessarily read all the cases, or certainly not all the cases all the way through. So, quite right as to the value (properly used) of commercial (canned) briefs. Just keep the real object in mind: it is not class.Hope this helps,Thane.
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