May 14, 2009
Legal publishers are experimenting with a new "Looseleaf" format. The text will be printed, but not bound. Students will be able to purchase a binder to insert the pages of the text. I'm excited about this for two reasons. First, it will save our students a lot of money. The traditional text typically costs between $110-150. Looseleaf costs will be about 35-40% of that amount. Second, it will allow them (and us!) to carry only the small, relevant, relatively weightless portion of text.
I received an e-mail from Aspen yesterday stating that The Torts Process by Henderson, Pearson, Kysar, & Siliciano is now available in looseleaf (looseleaf ISBN: 978-0-7355-8888-2). It would appear that this is a change in marketing strategy, so perhaps we can expect looseleaf versions for other popular Aspen Torts titles. At Lexis, three Torts titles are available in looseleaf format: Tort Law: Cases, Perspectives, and Problems by Galligan, Haddon, Maraist, McClellan, Rustad, Terry, & Wildman (looseleaf ISBN: 9781422425985); Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises by Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin, & Zwier (looseleaf ISBN: ISBN 9781422472682) ; and Tort Law and Practice by Vetri, Levine, Vogel, & Finley (looseleaf ISBN: 9781422418321).
On a related note, Carolina Academic Press has just announced a forthcoming (August 2009) fourth edition of Studies in American Tort Law by Johnson & Gunn.
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As an adjunct professor who sometimes walks a long distance to class, and sometimes travels by the New York subways, I used a loose leaf case book (New York Practice) for the first time during the fall semester and it lightened the load I carried significantly without affecting my teaching an iota.
Posted by: Cary Stewart Sklaren | May 15, 2009 6:44:41 AM
My best classes as an undergraduate and law student had materials that were in a loose leaf format.
For example, a class on UCC Article 2 Sales not only had "seminal" and "landmark" cases, but cases from our State and surrounding States. The professor also included photocopies of law journal articles, comments from the UCC revisers, comments from practitioners, and his own scholarly commentary.
IMHO, teaching from casebooks is silly. Real lawyers practice from looseleaf practice binders, not casebooks and supplements.
Posted by: Ubu Walker | May 15, 2009 9:02:52 AM