If you're already in law school, you know just how heavy and expensive law books are; if you're on your way, according to one estimate you'll probably be lugging around 28 pounds and spending $1,000 per semester. Well, soon your back, arms, and wallet just may get some relief.
On September 27, representatives from various law schools and the National Conference of Bar Examiners will meet with software companies, book publishers, LexisNexis Law School Publishing, and e-book reader manufacturers Amazon.com and Sony Electronics Inc. to discuss the potential for electronic law books.
David Skover, Seattle University law professor and co-organizer of the workshop said "[t]here's a growing movement now in legal education to include serious skills training at a more intensive level than what the academy has done for a century now." The traditional print law book, said Skover, is a barrier to that movement.
Proponents of law school e-books say that the new medium could promote changes in teaching methods, going beyond simply analyzing cases and developing doctrines; one idea floating around is to allow professors to design their own e-books, specifically including only those materials that will be used.
Of course traditional professors and publishers probably won't embrace the new technology so enthusiastically, but what would you think of having three years of law books on one single e-book reader?Read more: Books a weighty issue for law schools from Seattle Post-Intelligencer