2 thoughts on “Casenote Legal Briefs: Constitutional Law, Keyed to Chemerinsky, Fourth Edition

  1. Anonymous
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Matches the casebook perfectly, December 19, 2013
    By 
    K. Larson (Minneapolis, MN USA)

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    This review is from: Casenote Legal Briefs: Constitutional Law, Keyed to Chemerinsky, Fourth Edition (Paperback)
    You can only use this as intended if it matches the casebook you are using. In this case, Chemerinsky’s fourth edition. There is a brief for every Major case in the casebook (the ones with the red ink heading). The plethora of notes cases are not briefed, even though some of those are major cases that we discuss in class.

    This is definitely a worthwhile purchase for a Con Law law student taking the Con Law class using this casebook.

    Each brief gives an overview of the case as the Nature of the Case, Fact Summary, Rule of Law, and Issue in the case (basically, the pivotal issue that brought this case before SCOTUS). There is a more detailed overview of the case Facts (really helpful for highly-edited cases in the casebook), the Holding and Decision, then an Analysis which summarizes the important precedent or law that was decided in this case. Because a mere fraction of cases that are requested to be reviewed by the Highest Court are accepted, you can bet that every case decided by this Court will set a legal precedent.

    Each brief concludes with Quicknotes that tie it to the major clauses in the Constitution (e.g., Dormant Commerce Clause). This makes class preparation much easier, and will help avoid that deer-in-the-headlights look when being cold-called. Definitely worth the price, considering what you’re paying for the class.

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  2. Anonymous
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    YES!, February 9, 2014
    By 
    Lindsey

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    This review is from: Casenote Legal Briefs: Constitutional Law, Keyed to Chemerinsky, Fourth Edition (Paperback)
    I was hesitant to buy this because there were some mixed reviews, but I have found that it has saved me hours of briefing time. it is not a substitute for reading, but once you’ve read it has taken out all of the important parts and has them very neatly organized for you. there is also a thing in the front like the “study aid” laminated cheat sheets where it lays out in columns all of the absolutely necessary information. that is a great tool when working hypos and you mostly get the material but you just need an arrow saying left or right, or you need to rule for a particular topic really quick. I would buy this again in a heartbeat!
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