If you’ve read the previous post, you’re probably thinking, “Of course you should read the cases! How else are you going to learn the law?!”
Putting the classroom beatings aside, sure, you need to read. However, in your first year of law school, what you need to know on exams is very element intense. The cases, in all honesty, may only help to jog your memory on an exam. UNLESS you have a professor who wants you to refer to cases on exams. I’ve only had one professor who did that. It was for Property law. That damn Euclid case.
Otherwise, you’re trying to remember the elements of negligence so you can have a decent analysis on your essay. Or worse, when to apply UCC §2-207(2) or UCC §2-207(3). Trust me, you’re not thinking about the cases from that section when you’re on a final exam.
Now, in my Constitutional law class, I need to know what happened in Marbury v. Madison. I know the rule, but my analysis may need to go into WHY the Court held that way.
Again, this is what I’ve encountered thus far. And for the record, I read for my classes. I don’t trust professor, so I like to be ready for anything. The professor that never cold calls on anyone in class decides to do it because they’re having a jerk day. Or that same professor could have written and submitted their final exam on that same jerk day. And guess what, the question will be about THAT ONE CASE YOU DID NOT READ.
This is why I don’t have time to blog.