Monday, September 19, 2011

Case Briefing - Resources for Law Students

The topic of discussion this weekend on @lawschoolchat was case briefing.  It was interesting to see the opinions/suggestions from students about case briefing as a study tool and what they thought were the best study aids.  BTW, Examples & Explanations (especially for “Contracts”) was the clear favorite.

Here are some useful resources to help students master case briefing:

Andrew J. McClurg, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (2009)

Shana Connell Noyes & Henry S. Noyes, Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class (2008)

Ruta K. Stropus & Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (2009)

Peter T. Wendel, Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer (2009)

Westlaw & LexisNexis – students can read the case summaries prepared by the editors (although this is no substitute for writing a case brief, I am told that students use this tool to be “prepared” for being called on in class).

Happy briefing!


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