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I am very pleased to announce an expansion of the ways that law students will be able to purchase access to our popular CasebookConnect website, which we launched last summer under the aegis of the Connected Casebook program. Until now, CasebookConnect access has been available only in conjunction with a rental book. Starting in fall 2015, all formats of titles in the program – rental and other formats – will include access to CasebookConnect.com for no additional cost. 

Before I outline the new purchase options, I’d like to give an overview about CasebookConnect and share some of the market reaction to the website, gathered from surveys and customer interviews we have conducted over the past year.

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CasebookConnect has three main components:

  • A richly functional ebook version of the casebook, allowing students to take notes in the margin, highlight text in up to six colors, search the full text of the textbook, and more
     
  • A powerful study center, containing hundreds of explanations, videos, exercises, and assessment questions drawn from WK’s library of study aids (including Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, and Emanuel products), collectively helping students develop a strong understanding of complex topics from the casebook
     
  • An efficient outlining tool, allowing students to build on their ebook notes and highlights to rapidly construct their own semester-long outlines

In aggregate, the tools we have designed in CasebookConnect are intended to help every law student—regardless of their incoming level of preparedness—succeed in even the most challenging law school classes.

 

You can read more about the features and goals of the website at www.CasebookConnect.com.

During our survey process this past year, we asked students how useful they found each individual feature in the website, as well as the website as a whole. Here is what students had to say about CasebookConnect:

 

“This was one of the best experiences I've had with a casebook. . . . The ebook was really easy to use and made my finals so much easier with the notes and highlighting being transferred to a running outline.”

—Jason K., Law Student

 

“It allows me to always have my book with me, and not to have to lug a huge book to school all the time. It's also easy to copy and paste text into my notes, and that makes briefing case and keeping up with outlining much easier. I hope to use it for other textbooks.”

—Kaitlin W., Law Student

 

“Well organized. Loved all the different angles and opportunities to reinforce what I learned during reading and through the study center.”

—Cindy C., Law Student

 

“It was really handy to have the book online and a physical copy. I go to school in NYC and commuting with a heap of books is the last thing I want to do, but being able to read the textbook at home and leave my books at school was great.”

—Andrew N., Law Student

 

Overall, law students who used the product this past academic year have consistently found CasebookConnect to be an extremely useful and effective tool. In fact, the major critiques we have consistently heard from students are:

  • Why can’t I have a website like this for all of my books?
  • Why can’t I buy this website along with a non-rental book?

Today I am pleased to announce that we are responding to both of these needs. In today’s post, I will focus on the second.  (I will address the first in a subsequent post.)

Beginning in July, students will now be able to purchase CasebookConnect in three ways:

  1. In combination with a standard purchased casebook,
  2. In combination with a rental casebook, or
  3. In combination with a looseleaf version of the casebook.  

Despite the great value that students have found in the CasebookConnect website, the casebook-plus-CasebookConnect option will be sold at exactly the same price as the casebook was previously sold for on its own. The rental-plus-CasebookConnect and looseleaf-plus-CasebookConnect options will be sold at discounted levels, reflecting the lower manufacturing cost of those options.

Here’s an example showing the new purchase options for Property, Eighth Edition by Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill, and Strahilevitz.

Original textbook purchase (without CasebookConnect access)

New textbook purchase plus CasebookConnect access

Looseleaf plus CasebookConnect access

Rental plus CasebookConnect access

$234.00

$234.00

$208.00

$194.00

 

The pricing model has been designed to ensure that those students who continue to prefer a traditional purchased textbook can have the benefit of a rich digital learning companion at no additional cost, while students who are searching for discounted options have high quality choices as well.

The new traditional and looseleaf purchase options will be available to students through bookstores and online retailers. The rental plus CasebookConnect option will continue to be available primarily at www.barristerbooks.com/wk.

With this new set of purchase options, we look forward to helping an even broader set of law students have access to a range of tools that empower them to find academic and professional success.

 

Director of Bar Preparation Resources at Texas Tech University School of Law

Studying for the bar exam is awful. It’s stressful, frustrating, and boring as all get-out. What a terrible combination! Here are a few thoughts on getting through this most grueling summer.

Your studying will naturally evolve as the summer goes on.

At the beginning of the bar prep period, students need major review of huge topic areas they haven’t thought about for several years. This can be incredibly overwhelming, as bar prep lectures dive deep into topics students have forgotten about completely or—yikes!—are approaching for the first time.

The massive overview is necessary, though, because it’s the first step in sorting out what material a student already knows and what is left to be learned. This is the time for you to realize that hey, you remember intentional torts or Business Associations pretty well, but you don’t understand the various hearsay exceptions or anything about Con Law! Make mental notes of the topics you’ll have to come back to later. (It’s bound to be a long list—that’s true for everyone!)

As June turns into July, however, it’s time to get serious about plugging the holes in your knowledge and buffing up your essay-writing skills. Study smart: focus on the areas of law you’re weakest in that are also heavily tested on the bar. This is triage. Address your greatest vulnerabilities first.

Use other study techniques that work for you, even if your bar prep company hasn’t given you specific instructions. If you need to talk out loud, or draw maps or flowcharts, do it! Only make flashcards for rules of law you don’t already know. Don’t spend time re-reading the big outlines; use them like encyclopedias, looking up specific subtopics you need to review. (Spend an hour each on mortgages, duty of care, and the First Amendment—those pay big dividends.)

Take the midterm. Heck, take any practice question you can!

Several times a summer, I hear a student make the excuse that he or she isn’t going to take the MBE midterm on the day it’s assigned, because the student just wants to review a bit more first. This makes me want to scream, cry, and pull out my hair, because how do you know whether you need to review more if you haven’t tested your knowledge yet?!? The bar exam isn’t a test of your ability to read an outline—it’s a test of your ability to answer a question about a specific area of law.

The bar exam is a wrestling match. It’s you versus the exam, mano a mano. You’re pretty evenly matched. Same weight class, all that. So, if you’ve got a wrestling match at the end of July, how are you going to prepare for it? By reading books about wrestling all summer? Or by wrestling every opponent you can get your hands on?

That’s what I thought.

Here’s the other thing students sometimes say to me that makes me want to cry: “I’m really struggling with Property, so I’m going to stop studying it and try to bring up my scores on all the other subjects instead.” This is like the wrestler saying that his half-nelson is no good, so he’s just going to work on his dropkick instead. That makes no sense! To pass the bar, you need to be reasonably good at all the subjects.

Do this once.

The only thing worse than studying for the bar is studying for it again. Give it your all and pass the first time. 

I proudly came up with my own motto my last year of college: No Shame, No Expectations, No Regrets.  I similarly wrote in my Senior Wisdom for my college’s infamous BWOG that I had no regrets.  Many doubted the veracity of this assertion. But, it was true. I had no regrets because I wanted to be where I was: in knowledge, in pace, in circumstance, in personal development, in weaknesses, in strengths, and in overcoming those weaknesses. So I have no regrets now as well, for it is how I became the person I am now. And it is how I have come to focus on specific issues, and how I can now share my (limited) wisdom with the next batch of law students.

1) Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. You don’t sound as stupid as you think. And, though you may try to articulate yourself perfectly, to the point where the professor praises your brilliance, this is a rare reality. I was always so concerned with sounding perfect in my answer that I never raised my hand until I had rehearsed it multiple times in my head. Wrong. Slow. Inefficient. Next. As cliché as it sounds, you are not paying $40k+ to articulate the perfect answer to an academic. You’re paying that much to use that academic as a resource to try to articulate your thoughts.

2) Get those supplements. Early, for each class, and read them. My professors would drone on and on about some subject, only for me to realize weeks later that they are going to make a completely different conclusion than what I had been focusing upon. Supplements are those north stars for each law class.  The law is taught in the Socratic method to law students, slowly drawing out concepts from caselaw and majority opinions, concurring opinions and  dissenting opinions. It seems that most of the time, I was driving on some uncertain, shaken road, all in a fog. At the very end, I might have been able to draw what the important point was. Maybe. Maybe not. But, supplements do this for you. It’s not cheating. It’s being efficient. Read the summary of the cases and the associated doctrines you’ll read in that Contracts class before that Socratic tool is used upon you in class. It’ll be your buoy in Contracts, holding you in place and being that guiding star of what the law is speaking towards.

3) Don’t forget who you are. Don’t give up on your interests and identity for the sake of law school success. I came into law school, committed to my Catholic faith. Nothing would ever shake it, or take me away from it. But, I went from contacting the campus minister in April of my senior year of college to sometimes only being the superficial face of the ministry at the law school. Without that intrinsic emotional, intellectual, and personal identity, you can lose your path and lose that motivation to strive towards success and goals that had originally gotten you to law school.

4) Don’t get hurt by law school drama. Don’t talk garbage about anyone. Law school is middle school, but with alcohol, depression, drug abuse and sex. This is why you should, see below, befriend the locals to escape this unhealthy social situation.

5) Befriend the locals and make non-law school friends. It’ll be good for your sanity. Law school attracts a certain OCD type of student that will drive you up the wall. It’s all about that balance.

6) Don’t settle for the first internship or job offer you get. My first summer of law school, I knew I wanted to participate in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship through Alliance Defending Freedom. I was blessed to be accepted and had one of the most rewarding experiences. However, my second summer I was just anxious for a summer internship. I didn’t care what it was, as long as it met some standard I had superficially created in my head. When I received such an offer in September of my 2L year, I quickly accepted and did not bother looking for other, better opportunities. I was so caught up in the 2L herd mentality of securing a summer placement, that I did not exercise the correct judgment and discretion in my internship search. Your 2L summer placement can make or break you. Mine did neither. It did not help me. It might have just been neutral towards my resume.  I learned from this the following year, rejecting the first job offer I received, and withholding a commitment to other job offers, all the while trying to decide judicially what option would be the most beneficial. And as I write this, it’s May with one job offer rejected, and three more being juggled against one another. It’s stressful, but the time spent discerning is well worth it. (Also, see, it is possible to get a job after law school!)

7) Do Write-On. Just do it. You might be exhausted from exams, but write-on will enable you to get on law review or some journal. This will help you get a job. I promise.

8) Don’t like your grades? Ask for help. Go to your professors and ask them to go through the exam with you. Find out why your thoughts weren’t communicated well or effectively onto the paper. If you don’t ask for help, you’ll make the same mistakes over and over again.

There are a lot of points I’ve made, and there are even more pieces of wisdom that even I haven’t learned yet. But, there’s a bottom line to all of this. No regrets. Hindsight is 20-20 always. So don’t kick yourself in the butt as a 3L at your 1L decisions. You made those decisions for a reason at the time. You’ve become the person you are today because of your past, all the good and bad. Heed this advice as you want, but do not classify yourself as a failure because you learned things along the way. It’s the brilliance of not only law school but of life as well: we’re always learning. #studentforlife

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