“Casebook Blues”

The Spring 2008 issue of the Journal of Law and Social Challenges features a review by John Denvir of Ann Fagan Ginger’s Landmark Cases Left Out of Your Textbooks.

According to the review, this book:

“provides a good antidote to the “casebook blues” that many students experience during their first year of law school.  It does so by zeroing in on the wide gulf between how law is taught in law school and how it is actually practiced.  Most students bring to their first year of law school little knowledge of the law other than what they have learned from television shows, such as “law and Order” where the human yearning for justice is stressed.  They are surprised to discover that justice plays almost no role in their classes.  .  .   .In fact, thinking too much about justice is considered a  sure sign that the student has not yet learned how to “think like a lawyer.”  Ginger’s book makes clear that it does not work that way in the real world of litigation.”

John Denvir, “The Casebook Blues:  A Review of “Landmark Cases Left Out of Your Textbooks“,”  9 Journal of Law and Social Challenges 104 (2008).

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