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First-Year Student Research & Study Guide: Casebooks

A guide to help UC Hastings law students successfully manage their first year courses and legal research assignments.

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In your classes you'll be reading from casebooks. Casebooks typically include leading cases in a particular area of law. Sometimes they include the entire case; sometimes they just include an excerpt from the case. They do not usually include analysis of the case, so you are left to figure out what the case stands for through your class discussions or from other resources such as study guides or hornbooks.

The library purchases one copy of required casebooks and places them on Course Reserve.