Emanuel Law Outlines: Torts, Keyed to Prosser Wade Schwartz Kelly & Partlett 12th Edition

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The most trusted name in law school outlines, Emanuel Law Outlines were developed while Steve Emanuel was a student at Harvard Law and were the first to approach each course from the point of view of the student. Invaluable for use throughout your course and again at exam time, Emanuel Law Outlines are well-correlated to all major casebooks to help you to create your own outlines. Sophisticated yet easy to understand, each guide includes both capsule and detailed explanations of critical issues, topics, and black letter law you must know to master the course. Quiz Yourself Q&As, Essay Q&As, and Exam Tips give you ample opportunity to test your knowledge throughout the semester and leading up to the exam. Every title in the series is frequently updated and reviewed against new developments and recent cases covered in the leading casebooks. Emanuel Law Outlines provide a comprehensive breakdown of the law, more sweeping than most, for your entire study process.

For more than thirty years, Emanuel Law Outlines have been the most trusted name in law school outlines. Here s why:

  • Developed by Steve Emanuel when he was a law school student at Harvard, Emanuel Law Outlines became popular with other law students and spawned an industry of reliable study aids. (Having passed the California bar as well, Steve Emanuel is now a member of the New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia bars.)
  • Each Outline is valuable throughout the course and again at exam time.
  • Outline chapters provide comprehensive coverage of the topics, cases, and black letter law covered in the course and major casebooks, written in a way you can easily understand.
  • The Quiz Yourself Q&A in each chapter and the Essay Q&A at the end provide ample opportunity to test your knowledge throughout the semester.
  • Exam Tips alert you to the issues that commonly pop up on exams and to the fact patterns commonly used to test those items.
  • The Capsule Summary an excellent exam preparation tool provides a quick review of the key concepts covered in the course.
  • The comprehensive coverage is more sweeping than most outlines.
  • Each Emanuel Law Outline is correlated to the leading casebooks.
  • Every title is frequently updated and reviewed against new developments and recent cases covered in the leading casebooks.
  • Tight uniformity of writing style and approach means that if you use one of these guides, you can be confident that the others will be of similar quality.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best supplement for Torts, much better than crunchtime, especially keyed., April 30, 2010
    ClosetNerd (Atlanta, Georgia USA) –

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    First and foremost, most Emanuel outlines are amazing if keyed to your casebook. This means the supplement follows along with your casebook and cases. This supplement has a short outline at the beginning and then goes more in depth explaining the topics touched on in the case book, with some checklist/issue spotting tips at the end of each chapter and some Q&A. Finally it has a few hypos and practice exams at the end. I first used an Emanuel not keyed to my text book, but switched when I started using a keyed one for Civ Pro. Both are great, but being keyed saves time and ensures that you don’t miss any notes after each case. Crunchtime is the same thing as the non-keyed outline, minus the more in-depth outline and a few different hypos. This is definitely worth the extra money.

    I used various supplements for this class. Before buying all of them, I would go to your law library and look them over, use them for your class and see if they are presented in a way that works for you. My biggest mistake was thinking by using supplements I would learn less or get screwed up. Professors tell you whether they like supplements or not, but if you use them to prepare for class, still at least go through the cases and take NOTES from what they say, you will do far better.

    I will explain the supplements I used and how I studied for class and the final. This was by far the best professor I have ever had, using hypos and working through them in class frequently. She taught like many of the supplements, which is why I relied on them less here then in other classes.

    In the first semester I read Understanding Torts to get a more in depth and overall explanation of the material covered. At times if my class covered less I would switch to Acing Tort Law (Acing Law School) for a conceptual overview. Then I used Emanuel Law Outlines: Torts for an overview of the assigned material. Then I did the assigned reading, which was much easier with Emanuel Law Outlines: Torts keyed to Prosser, 11e because it is keyed to the casebook (switched to this halfway through 1st semester). Next I took brief notes to work out an outline for the steps used to analyze fact patterns. Here, Acing Torts is particularly helpful because it has a great checklist (see my review because it is arranged oddly in the book). Last I scanned the relevant chapter in The Forms and Functions of Tort Law, 3d (Concepts and Insights) (Abraham) to get some policy reasons for my notes. The key with this book was understanding why Courts created a law or why they decide certain ways in a case. If in a policy based class this book is essential. After class I quickly ran through my notes and organized them a bit into a rough outline (10-15 mins). Then on the weekend I would work on hypos she gave and use The Law of Torts: Examples & Explanations, Third Edition to work through more confusing topics and practice writing hypos.

    By 2nd semester I used the Understanding book less and less because I picked up on the material quicker. I relied heavily on Acing Torts and Emanuel (using Abraham for bits of great policy arguments).

    These books collectively were not necessary, but they helped. If short on cash, the books from most helpful to least are your required casebook, Emanuel (especially if keyed), Acing Torts, Understanding Torts (1st semester and half of 2nd), E&E, and Abraham. However, some prefer E&E for explanation over Understanding. Last, is Crunchtime (this includes only portions of the full outline). Also, I have used Siegel’s Torts: Essay and Multiple-Choice Questions and Answers from the library for practice in other classes, which may be preferable for many people.

    See my other reviews regarding the above books mentioned. However, only the first couple paragraphs will be different.

    Good Luck, I will try and answer any comments!

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  2. Stephanie Green "stef"
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If you do one thing before law school buy Emmanuels Outlines!!, May 20, 2009
    Stephanie Green “stef” (Chas, SC) –

    Just finished my first year of law school and got an A in torts both semesters, thanks in no small part to this book. If you are only going to buy one supplement for Torts I would 100% recommend you buy this one. I loved all the emanuels books, but this was definitely the best one! I would say contracts was second as it was the sole reason I got a B+ as I did not once open the Contracts assigned book, but certainly buy the Torts book, if you want to be an overachiever also buy Prosser on Torts, a not so fun read but you will know torts inside out at the end!

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