William and Mary Law School


Eric on Tortsby Eric Marriott, 1L

Torts Audio Lectures on CD

Richard J. Conviser
KF1250 .A1 C66 2006 AUDIO
Law School Legends Series

The greatest CD set since Pink Floyd’s Pulse, the Law School Legends CDs are a four-and-a-half hour lecture by Professor Richard J. Conviser from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Audio study guides are great in general, and this is no exception. This lecture sounds like a large portion of it was scripted, and Conviser took speaking lessons with Barack Obama before recording it. While Conviser’s tone isn’t as conversational as your teacher’s, it makes it really easy to follow along and get as much as possible out of the CDs. They are jam-packed with material and it is all easy to remember. My only concern is that each CD is only one track, so it’s hard to move around within each one. I would definitely recommend this set come exam time, especially if you want to relax and just listen to the material for a change.

Foundations of Tort Law (2nd ed.)

Saul Levmore and Catherine M. Sharkey
KF1250 .A2 F68 2009

If you’re looking for an explanation as to why tort law is the way it is, Foundations of Tort Law has just that. The authors cover a wide range of topics, in a more philosophical light than what most courses require. The explanations in this book cover every side of the issue at hand, clarifying why the law is what it is. This book may go deeper into some areas than most textbooks, but is excellent at what it covers. It also has a lot of sections from guest authors giving their opinions on concepts. While it’s a great supplement for expanding your knowledge of torts, it’s definitely not a book to exam cram with.

Understanding Torts (5th ed.)

John L. Diamond, Lawrence C. Levine, and Anita Bernstein
KF1250 .D5 2013
Understanding Series

This book is more of a supplement to help reinforce concepts than an exam prep resource. The authors do a good job of explaining things in a comprehensible manner, and this book is loaded with footnotes so you can refer to the exact section of the restatement or case law that they’re getting their explanations from. This is definitely a good book for you if you really want to get a good grasp of the different concepts of torts. Just make sure you give yourself time to work through it, as it’s a pretty in-depth guide.

Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts

John C.P. Goldberg and Benjamin C. Zipursky
KF1250 .G645 2010
Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Easy to read and understand, this book has a really nice presentation. Like a lot of torts supplements, it covers the history of torts and explains why torts exist in its first two chapters. It also covers the history of individual torts in those sections, but each subsection is only a couple pages long, giving clear explanations without going too into detail. The authors also have some nice hypos in this book, if you’re into those (and who isn’t?). This book definitely has a wealth of information that would help during exams, and the organization of the book is such that you won’t get lost looking for what you’re trying to find.

The Forms and Functions of Tort Law (4th ed.)

Kenneth S. Abraham
KF1250 .Z9 A27 2012
Concepts & Insights Series

In The Forms and Functions of Tort Law, Ken Abraham attempts to help you understand “what the teacher is getting at” in your class. The beginning of the book reads as if it’s Torts for Dummies, giving a really basic understanding of an overview of tort law in its entirety. By the end of the book, you’ve got everything you need to know in a concise little package. The presentation of the book makes a lot of sense, and there are really easy transitions from one topic to the next. This is definitely a good supplement if you are indeed having trouble understanding what your teacher is getting at.

Questions and Answers: Torts (2nd ed.)

Anita Bernstein
KF1250 .Z9 B47 2010
Questions & Answers Series

This is a very detailed and well-written book of questions and answers, as well as practice exam questions and sample essay questions. While it doesn’t feature in-depth review, the multiple-choice hypos are in-depth and can cover 5 or 6 concepts in one question. This is definitely useful for testing your knowledge, but not something to just sit and read in order to grasp concepts. That said, it’s superb in its niche. I would definitely recommend the Q&A for exam time.

Torts (4th ed.)

Steven L. Emanuel
KF1250 .Z9 E468 2011
CrunchTime Series

The CrunchTime on torts gives you flow charts, exam tips, practice multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions. It’s really the complete exam prep book if ever there was one. It’s broken down in a way that’s easy to absorb and makes you want to keep going. It covers every concept of torts without going so far in depth that you wonder what you’re really getting out of it for exams. If you’re looking for a great resource to help you study come exam time, check out CrunchTime. You’ll be glad you did.

Torts (24th ed.)

Marc A. Franklin, W. Jonathan Cardi, and Michael D. Green
KF1250 .Z9 F7 2008
Gilbert Law Summaries

Gilbert not only has excellent review material, but also gives you lots of tips on how to write exams! This book is definitely one of the best review guides there is, and it’s useful as a supplement or during cram time. It also features outlines, which is something most “all-in-one” study guides lack. I will definitely be picking up Gilbert before exam time, and I’ve looked through every torts study guide on reserve.

The Law of Torts: Examples and Explanations (4th ed.)

Joseph W. Glannon
KF1250 .Z9 G58 2010
Examples & Explanations Series

Glannon is the top of the line when it comes to supplements. You get plenty of wonderful hypos and good in-depth review. This book makes everything easier to understand, and allows you to really focus in on anything you don’t fully grasp, with example questions that really make you think. When it comes to exams, Glannon is a lot to work through, but a very useful tool for studying. It’s a very easy book to engage with and work though, and one of the best guides available.

The Glannon Guide to Torts (2nd ed.)

Richard L. Hasen
KF1250 .Z9 H375 2011
Glannon Guide Series

Hypos. Multiple-choice questions. Tables and charts. If any of these sound appealing to you, you’ll love The Glannon Guide to Torts. This book is excellent come exam time, giving concise analysis and great review material. The organization is great, and it’s easy to jump around or just work within a section you’re struggling with. The multiple choice and explanations are the best and most helpful review I’ve encountered. I strongly recommend picking up this book for some good study material during crunch time.

A Short & Happy Guide To Torts

Roger E. Schechter
KF1250 .Z9 S34 2012
Short & Happy Guide Series

Reading A Short & Happy Guide To Torts is a short and happy experience. At 197 pages, it’s the shortest guide I’ve seen. It’s also packed full of light humor, which is what study guides need if you’re actually expected to work all the way through them. This book presents the concepts of torts in a way that makes them easy to remember, and is a very useful study guide. It’s one that actually makes you want to keep reading, which is a blessing when trying to prepare for exams.