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Students swear by them, teachers dismiss them as over simplifying a complex subject thus promoting laziness.

Personally I love them however I appreciate that they are the subject in its simplest form and that further extensive reading is required to gain a full understanding. How about you?
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They are good for background reading and to remember the key points in the text books but I don't think you could pass on nutshells alone. I don't like nutcases they are so simplistic they miss the point on some of the cases.
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They are good for background reading and to remember the key points in the text books but I don't think you could pass on nutshells alone. I don't like nutcases they are so simplistic they miss the point on some of the cases.
There is some guy I know who claims his friend went to Leeds and got a 2:1 in the first year on these books alone.

Personally I read the text books then Nutcases to recap when I need to access stuff quickly. It usually prompts my memory.
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Haven't used nutshells, but did dabble with Cavendish Lawcards last year, which are similar. They are generally marketed as being for revision, however I see them better as introducing the subject, or giving prompting reminders throughout the year. But quite honestly, I think that by the time it comes for you to seriously revise before the end of year exam, you ought to know pretty much everything in Nutshells/cases anyway - from having recapped it throughout the year (important people: set aside time to do this throughout the year so that you don't have to relearn everything from scratch when it comes to revision!!). Revision, therefore, is for going over the finer points of the subject; the sort of points you'll only find in the heavy textybooks. Therefore, I see these type of books as being useful in getting to grips with a topic quickly the first time round.

Well that's my view; I'm sure everyone else has their own differing methods/views that work for them.
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Students swear by them, teachers dismiss them as over simplifying a complex subject thus promoting laziness.

Personally I love them however I appreciate that they are the subject in its simplest form and that further extensive reading is required to gain a full understanding. How about you?
Hmmm...Nutcases and Nutshells came in very handy for my midsessionals as I really didn't prepare very well for them (I think very few people prepare extensively for exams that don't actually matter), as well as for someone who hasn't done the reading for a tutorial/seminar. However, when it comes to doing detailed indepth work/revision, then they become pretty useless. Anyone who relies on Nutshells or Nutcases entirely to revise from are going to have a very nasty shock (or at least if they're sitting a KCL law exam, they are).

Out of the two, say the Nutshells are more useful. Although poorly laid out for revision purposes (I think you can only rely on your self-designed notes), they have much more law in them than Nutcases, despite usually being slightly smaller. Furthermore, sometimes there are glaring omissions from the Nutcases books, as well as rather illogical case reports that miss the point completely.
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