Originally Posted by Walt
The good texts are worth keeping, and in retrospect were worth the money. I still have many of my college texts and refer to them fairly often.
I don't know about law books long term utility, but that text is worth, what, 40 minutes of billable time? Sounds like a bargain in the greater scheme of things.
The same is true for me. I kept about 80% of my textbooks, and half of those still get used 20 years later. I borrowed a probability text from a friend and really wish now that I had just bought the damned thing.
The biggest danger in getting old editions is that the problems/exercises are usually changed, even if there are only very minor changes to the text itself. Sucks pretty bad for you if you're assigned HW from the book and you do old problems. But, I have no idea if law textbooks even have problems in them.
Anybody ever had to use a text that the prof wrote? I had the same scatterbrained, disorganized prof for three classes...he would think of something, start scribbling on the board, suddenly remember something else, run over to another spot and scribble more, and repeat this for the length of the class. The third time, we used his text, and the book was just like him. Short chapters that barely touched on a topic and all unrelated to each other. Like reading a Larry King column.
I stopped doing the homework halfway through and just accepted that a C was going to trash my GPA, but I wasn't going to waste any more time on his gibberish.