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Black's Law Dictionary: Deluxe Ninth Edition (Black's Law Dictionary (Thumb-Index)) Hardcover – July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0314199508 ISBN-10: 0314199500 Edition: 9th

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Acknowledged by linguists and lawyers alike as THE authority in legal language and usage, his influence is both far-reaching and profound. Mr. Garner has has a hand in editing the most important legal references produced in the last decade, as well as in training lawyers and judges on sharpening and clarifying their own legal writing. In short, no one better bridges the worlds of law and language--nor is better suited to take on the classic work and make it better. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black's Law Dictionary (Thumb-Index)
  • Hardcover: 1940 pages
  • Publisher: West; 9 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314199500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314199508
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.8 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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Anyone who studied law, must have this book for your reference.
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I think the hardcover dictionary is worth the money.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on September 24, 2010
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For current or future law students Black's Law Dictionary is an essential reference book for your library, and as one of my professors told me, "if you don't want an abridged education, don't buy the abridged version." You'll also gain access to an online version of Black's through any Westlaw account, but it's one version behind, and the UI isn't as easy to navigate. I think the hardcover dictionary is worth the money. Finally, a word about the Deluxe Edition: no. I can't see paying almost double for what it offers. My advice is to stick with the Standard Edition.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Biblio-Nut on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This review is on the physical makeup of the deluxe edition and not on its content, which is the same as the standard edition. Today, Black's Law Dictionary is still the choice for a comprehensive, up-to-date American law dictionary. Other comprehensive dictionaries, such as Ballentine's, stopped publishing a print version decades ago. However, Aspen Publishing, a leading law book publisher, has recently published a fairly expensive comprehensive law dictionary that may give Black's some competition.

West's list price for the standard edition is $79 and $130 for their deluxe one. What do you get for the extra $51? You get thumb indexing and not much else. This is not exactly a luxury characteristic of reference books: most college edition English dictionaries have this feature and they cost less than $20. You also get a binding which West calls "faux leather." West claims this makes the deluxe edition more durable. The front and back covers are certainly thicker or puffier on the deluxe edition, but the skin of the binding appears no more durable than on the standard edition. Only someone with serious visual impairment might think the binding was imitation leather, let alone real leather. For example the spine looks and feels like cardboard. On a bookshelf the book will not impress either your clients or friends with your good taste. At the time of this review the deluxe edition was available only from Amazon market sellers, some with prices exceeding the list price.

If West wants to sell a deluxe version of Black's in a future edition they should take a hint from the comprehensive medical dictionaries and include a CD or DVD with meaningful extras.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andre Paul Land on April 21, 2012
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I bought the Black's Law Dictionary as a giift to my daughter who is a Para Legal, personal assistant and office manager at a Tampa, Florida Law firm. She completed one year of Law studies at Nova University. At that time I had bought the paperback version of this essential book of definitions. She now has a well paying job at a law firm that handles all the complications of probate and attends night school at Cooley Law at their new campus in Tampa. As a gift for being accepted at Cooley and to help at the office I bought her the Hardcover Black's Law dictionary. It is more definitive and deep. She was thrilled and very happy. To me that made it worth every penny. Also Amazon's price was ten dollars less than elsewhere. One of the things that helps regular people to be smart people is the reference libraries that they have access to. This is definitely one of those books. A.P.L.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Queen Anne on May 1, 2010
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I do a lot of legal translations from Norwegian to English. I find Black's an invaluable tool with which to work, and which gives me an accurate description of legal concepts and terms.
I have worked with Black's for a good number of years, and would not be without the Dictionary in my extensive library.

Thank you for carrying Black's, since my usual bookshop in Norway could not find it on their lists.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By summer515 on September 27, 2010
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I usually have this dictionary next to me when I'm studying. I rarely take it with me, as it's huge....But nonetheless I would recommend this version or at the very least the pocket edition if you're about to start law school. It's very helpful for words that you don't know, and words that you thought you knew until you realized they had a different meaning. You can get the definitions on Westlaw, but I find that I study better if I don't have to get on the internet to do my work.

Buy it. It's an investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liam A. Gallagher Consultoria on May 8, 2012
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Excellent reference for cross checking translations in Brazilian Portuguese to English law dictionaries. Very extensive glossary of Latin terms, especially for the uninitiated. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Jonathan on February 22, 2010
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Finally got around to updating my Black's. Must say, it is well worth it and then some. If you
have not updated, this is worth the money. You'll be pleased. My '68 edition is, well, you know. Recommened.
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Although the internet makes this particular desk reference less appeasing to upcoming lawyers, I find it hard to believe than any student and/or lawyer in every situation would have no use for it. Would you rather answer a question in an interview by referencing the dictionary or looking at your smart phone? Do you enjoy staring at a computer screen for as many reasons as possible? I myself prefer to take notes by hand and read a physical books. I like to leave the computer off and open the dictionary for answers. I also like looking at entries around the word I am looking up. You won't get that from the internet. Although, growing numbers of people prefer not use physical books, I don't think lawyers and students will always have the luxury of access digital references nor will it always be appropriate to do so.
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