Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Casebook'
adj : according to or characteristic of a casebook or textbook;
typical; "a casebook schizophrenic"; "a textbook
example" [syn: textbook]
n : a book in which detailed written records of a case are kept
and which are a source of information for subsequent work
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Casebook'
A casebook is a type of textbook used primarily by students in law schools. Casebooks sometimes also contain excerpts from law review articles and legal treatises, historical notes, editorial commentary, and other related materials to provide background for the cases.
The teaching style based on casebooks is known as the casebook method and is supposed to instill in law students how to "think like a lawyer." The casebook method is most often used in law schools in countries with common law legal systems, where case law is a major source of law.
Most casebooks are authored by law professors, usually with two, three, or four authors, at least one of whom will be a professor at the top of his or her field in the area under discussion. New editions of casebooks often retain the names of famous professors on their covers decades after those professors are dead. Updating of the books, then, falls on the shoulders of a younger generation of their colleagues. Such casebooks are often known by the names of the leading professor authors, such as Prosser, Wade, & Schwartz's, Torts: Cases & Materials (now in an 11th edition).[See more about Casebook at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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