Monday, September 15, 2008

Is the law school casebook dead?

If they're not dead yet, it may soon be time to pull the plug according to this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Later this month, professors from several law schools will gather at Seattle University School of Law together with e-book publishers Amazon.com and Sony Electronics, Inc., as well as representatives from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, LexisNexis Law School Publishing, Carolina Academic Press, Oxford University Press, Adobe Systems Inc. and Microsoft, among others, to discuss the future of the traditional hardcopy textbook.

According to conference co-organizer Ronald Collins, a scholar at the nonprofit First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C., "one of the main obstacles to this whole reform [switching from print to e-books] is people over 40 . . . .  In terms of the print world, I'm more than willing to put the dagger in its heart. I have no problem at all because it's going to happen."

Stay tuned.

Hat tip to the ABA Journal blog.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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