Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Derek Muller (Pepperdine), A Few Thoughts on Open-Source or Free Legal Casebooks:
Professor Brian Frye is a tireless advocate (among others) for open-source legal casebooks. Casebooks are costly for students—even rented or used casebooks can run students into the thousands of dollars over three years.
To this day, I feel ashamed to say I haven’t taken advantage of open-source casebooks or developed my own materials. I thought about some of the barriers to entry. ...
I hope to move toward free alternatives in the years ahead—my own excuses have held me back over these years. But institutionally, I believe law schools can be more cognizant of the costs shifted to students and how some school-centered decisionmaking can improve the situation all around.