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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
The content itself seems okay. However, this review is for the organization of the book in its entirety, and the way the example questions are laid out.

I am comparing this to the contracts E & E, which I though was laid out great. The sections in the table of contents here are not clear on what tort area of the law the section pertains to, it just has cleaver titles like"interlude: pleading a personal injury case" or "The duty element." Then you have to look under each chapter to see where you want to go, and those titles are not much better. They need to organize this book by sections (like understanding torts does), with sections on nuisance, products liability, strict liability, battery, etc. that are clearly labeled. Also, I cannot find where nuisance is at, I think they left it out of the book but its a big area of tort law.

The questions at the end of the chapter are organized by the type of question, instead of letting you figure out the exact problem you are trying to be tested on. This seems like a pretty stupid thing to do. For example, in the product liability defenses chapeter, there are questions under headers that say "use and misuse," then a question right underneath it that says, "what defense should the defendant use?" . . . duhh, the defense of misuse because the publisher put this question under the title of misuse. Dumb right? So, although the questions and answers are helpful, it would be much more helpful not to have these headers so I can figure out how to analyze the facts more and which defense would be possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2010
Defamation, Invasion of Privacy, Interference with Business Contracts, Frivilous Litigation all are missing here, this does not come close to covering all torts, buyer beware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
This book is very easy to read and allows for easy digestion of complex principles. I find it to be very useful in understanding torts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2008
I would recommend this aid to any student taking Torts and finding it difficult to grasp certain topics (that's almost everyone!). I used this book to refer to when I was having trouble understanding a specific topic, and the detailed - but easy to understand explanations helped. Also, there are questions at the end of each topic you can quiz yourself on and then answers are provided for you to check your response against. But one of the most valuable parts of this book was the end where the author, well known and respected in the field of torts law, provides tips for taking a torts exam. The author is a torts professor and discusses many of the common mistakes his students make. Overall, a wonderful book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
This book is called an Example & Explanation book. It helps readers/students who are trying to learn, or who are enrolled in a Torts (Civil Wrongs) course understand the important principles and concepts relating to the various laws and theories of Torts. It is a great study aid/supplement for students enrolled in Torts. The text clearly explains the laws governing Torts and how the laws work in factual scenarios. Each chapter covers an important concept of Torts and gives questions, along with answers, to aid the reader in understanding how the laws and theories of Torts apply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2008
I'm finding my torts class difficult at times, so I'm glad to have this book for my text. It has a lot of examples to illustrate each concept, which is helping me grasp all the ideas pretty well. Also, the book is not nearly as expensive as a lot of textbooks, so I feel I'm getting my money's worth out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book in addition to other E & E books for other classes. You can definitely get by without the book, not because the book isn't helpful, since the subject matter itself is relatively easy compared to other classes. It was helpful just as a general overview of the subject and in writing outlines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2009
This book was especially helpful for many of the concepts of torts liability. I enjoyed the section dealing with causation. The examples definitely helped me with practice, which also proved to be helpful for my Final. I highly recommend this as well has his Civ Pro.
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on April 30, 2010
I used this book to practice hypos for the exam and when hitting rough areas where I needed a less guided and more practical method of learning. The writing style is readable, however the structure does not pair with Prosser Torts 11e casebook well as there is no coverage of defamation.

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.

First and foremost, Emanuel Law Outlines: Torts is great. It is amazing if keyed Emanuel Law Outlines: Torts keyed to Prosser, 11e to your casebook like mine Cases and Materials on Torts (University Casebook Series). This means the supplement follows along with your casebook and cases. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
This book makes torts easy to understand. If you have a torts professor that is hard to understand just read this book go through the questions and explanations and it will make life much easier.
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