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Buying Law School Textbooks


Law school textbooks are expensive, heavy, and absolutely necessary. In undergrad, I would read some of my textbooks, but usually only the week before a test. In law school, your text books will be essential to your education, and you will definitely need them before school starts.

I bought all the required books and most of the recommended ones, and my total came out to about $750. When I got my book list, I checked the prices between the on-campus book store and Amazon. Here's some pros and cons for buying books from each place.

Amazon

Pros: Usually cheaper (especially for my four main textbooks)

Cons: Unless you have and order through Amazon Prime, you have to pay for shipping. And while the condition (Used-Like New, Very good, Acceptable, etc.) is listed, you don't actually get to see the book you're buying to see how much highlighting/writing is inside.

Bookstore

Pros: You don't have to ship them (as long as you live close enough to campus to pick them up before school starts). Also, if you go in and pick out the books yourself rather than ordering them online, you can flip through and find the one with the least writing/highlighting.

Cons: Usually more expensive, except I found the smaller supplemental books that were more specific to my teachers were cheaper at the bookstore.

DON'T DO WHAT I DID and order all your books online and have them shipped to your place before you move in. Two of them had "delivery blocked" and got lost in the mail for like three weeks so I had purchase new ones at the bookstore, and then re-sell my duplicate copies once they finally arrived. More effort than it should be.

ALSO, if you do buy on Amazon, check the exact the name and the authors against the one on your book list. I found out the hard way that there are two Civil Procedure textbooks that look the same by the same publisher, with different authors.

Happy shopping!

Updated 3/13/17

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