Getting supplemented

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Sep 21, 2009 in The 1L Life | Subscribe

idwsj is one of the blawgs I check daily because the writing is just that good.  Seriously.

So when I read this post from a few days ago, I figured I’d save myself the $$ and forgo buying supplements for my classes since it seemed they weren’t that useful.  Especially when I almost feel comfortable in Contracts, Property and Torts.  But Civil Procedure.  Ohhh Civil Procedure…

I genuinely like CivPro.  It’s basically the class on being a lawyer and doing lawyerly things.  It’s rule-based.  It’s fairly objective.  And it’s the #1 source of 12(b)(6) jokes ;)

But I’m lost.

It’s not that the material is difficult to understand, we’re just blazing through so many Rules and statutes and case law that my mind is having a hard time digesting all the chunks of FRCP, USC and judicial commentary.  So I broke down and dropped some cash on a copy of Emanuel’s CivPro law outlines.  And then while I was at it made an impulse purchase of the Contracts, Property and Torts books also — just in case.

Final price tag:  $$$$.

I’ll let you know if they’re useful at all.  For my sake, cross your fingers :)

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Sep 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM

This is damningly high praise that no person can live up to! But thank you.

I probably should have prefaced my post – my CivPro prof is great. When I turn to a supplement, it is to clarify a point, not to look for any structure (where a commercial outline may do that), because the prof has already laid that out for us.

My beef with outlines is that, first, a lot of it is stuff you don’t cover in class. Second, if the outline disagrees with something your prof says, that’s useless to you. But I imagine they could provide structure where class isn’t helping!

But seriously, Intro to CivPro by Freer. It’s written for the everyman.

Sep 21, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Emmanuel’s! I swear you told me to remind you at some point that you were supposed to get those…

Sep 22, 2009 at 11:46 PM

@idwsj: I think you vastly overestimate the value of my praise ;) In thumbing through a pair of these outlines, I also definitely see your point about material either (i) not covered or (ii) different from the prof’s commentary. We’ll see if they’re any good in studying for midterms — and I’m also going to check out that Intro to CivPro book you mentioned :)

@JJC: I did, and those were them :) I wanted to save the $$ and spend it on home theater stuff instead >_<

Sep 23, 2009 at 12:25 AM

oh the home theater… :p


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