The Benefits of Law Students Buying and Selling Used Textbooks

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  2. April 6, 2013 10:03 pm

The Benefits of Law Students Buying and Selling Used Textbooks

The Benefits of Law Students Buying and Selling Used Textbooks

Like driving a new car off the lot, a law school textbook will lose its value the moment you peel off that cellophane wrapper. The notoriously expensive casebook is of little value to a law student after each final exam and each year hundreds of casebooks end up gathering dust on bookshelves or propping open doors. What a waste! Buying and selling used textbooks can be beneficial to both buyer and seller.

Why Buy Used?
The most obvious reason to buy a used textbook is to save money. Most law school textbooks cost over $150. At that price, students will spend at least $1000 for first year casebooks alone. Buying used textbooks at a fraction of the cost can help students avoid debt or enjoy increased discretionary income during law school.

A second reason to buy used casebooks is to enjoy the benefit of another student’s highlighting and margin notes. Book briefing is a common practice where students use different colored highlighters to mark the various parts of a case. This can help new students when learning how to brief a case or provide a quick save when the professor cold calls a student in class.

Why Sell Your Used Books?
The value of a law school textbook lies in the process of reading and analyzing each case. After the course is done and the material is extracted, most books will just gather dust. Selling your textbook is a great way to make quick cash, which most students could readily use. Selling your books is also a great way to help your fellow students out. If you took really good notes for that tough Civil Procedure professor 1L year, another student could benefit from your expertise. In the dog eat dog world of law school, anyone can benefit from a little good karma.


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