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What Law Students Say About Connected Casebooks

Plus, Tips to Get the Most Out of Yours

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As a law student, you know that the law itself is constantly evolving. New situations arise and new precedents are set. But, did you know that technology is changing the way that students study and master the law?

Hear what students have to say about Connected Casebook and tips to get the most out of using it.

At the vanguard of this movement is the Connected Casebook, hailed as “the end-all-be-all digital tool for law students” by Forbes (Read “How Wolters Kluwer’s Connected Casebook is Disrupting Classic Textbooks From the Inside Out”). You may have heard about it or, if a red casebook has been specified by one of your professors, you may have purchased one (click here to register) or know someone who has. In any event, you owe it to yourself to find out more about the Connected Casebook – including what students have to say about it and tips to get the most out of using it.

  1. What is a Connected Casebook anyway?
    More than just a print casebook, a Connected Casebook gives law students access to an online e-book with search, highlighting and note-taking capabilities. Also included are practice questions and exercises from popular study guides like Examples & Explanations, that allow students to quiz themselves and assess their comprehension of the material, built in tools for case briefing and outlining, and a legal news feed.
  2. What do students have to say about it?
    A recent survey polled 7000 students who purchased and registered their Connected Casebooks. The Connected Casebook received a big thumbs up from responding students overall, garnering such comments as: “the best thing to happen to my education!!!” and “An incredible and seamless experience. I love the platform.”

    The top five features they found most helpful were:
    • Searching the e-book
    • Answering practice questions in the study center
    • Highlighting the e-book
    • Adding notes in the e-book
    • Watching videos in the study center
    Read on to find a sampling of their opinions, the lessons learned from their experiences, and tips that will help students new to using Connected Casebook.
  3. “It was great having a digital option to read... on the go without having to carry the heavy book around.”
    Portability is a big plus for students, who often attend multiple classes per day. Those who commute by public transportation report finding it handy to read the e-book while in transit.
    Tip: Consider using the e-book during class instead of your print casebook. Even if your professor doesn't allow laptops during lectures, you can print individual chapters from the e-book and bring them along with you to lighten the load.
  4. “The search tool was really helpful to find things quickly.”
    Cited as the most popular feature, searching the e-book makes it easy to follow the professor’s lecture. This way, students can spend more time following the discussion and less time rifling through pages.
    Tip: As you find the specific parts of the case cited by your professor, highlight material using one of six colors or add notes directly into the margin of the e-book for greater efficiency.
  5. “It has been a great experience for me because I am able to... watch videos related to the subject.”
    Sometimes a different perspective can bring clarity to complex concepts. The videos in the Study Center dovetail with the material being studied and were created to help students gain deeper understanding about what’s important.
    Tip: Even if you’re pressed for time, don’t skip the videos. You’ll gain a more nuanced view of fundamental concepts that will help prepare you for midterms and finals.
  6. “I got a lot out of the study center. Helps solidify what you read in the actual casebook.”
    The study questions included come from the most popular study guides, including Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, Law in a Flash and Emanuel Law Outlines. This content has been carefully curated and is aligned to the course material to reinforce learning.
    Tip: Don’t wait until you’re studying for exams! Test your knowledge throughout the semester by answering multiple choice, short answer and essay format questions. Use your results to self-assess your performance and pinpoint areas for additional study.

    Bonus:If you need additional help and find questions from Emanuel Law Outlines, Examples & Explanations, or Glannon Guides helpful, buy the full e-book which comes with an interactive study center. Go to https://www.casebookconnect.com/catalog and click on the Digital Study Aids tab.
  7. “Creating case briefs as I was reading by simply highlighting was very easy and saved me a lot of time.”
    Connected Casebook lets students set up labels for their highlight colors (facts, issues, rules, etc.) and associates them with the material that’s highlighted. The highlights and notes made when reading a case are automatically arranged into a case brief based on the student’s personal settings.
    Tip: Set up labels early in the semester. You can edit the label name or rearrange their order at any time.
  8. “I love the outline feature, and use it very heavily.”
    Students can use CasebookConnect.com’s highlighting and notetaking tools to automatically populate the outline template with their notes and highlights from the e-book, then save the template as a Microsoft Word document for easy editing and printing. By getting a jump start on an outline, students enjoy more time for studying when it counts most, before midterms and final exams.
    Tip: Charts and graphs also can be imported into the outline – a big advantage for visual learners.
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