from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book containing source materials in a specific area, used as a reference and in teaching.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : an educational tool used predominately in United States law schools consisting of a book containing the text of court opinions in legal cases accompanied by analysis and other materials relating to those cases.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a book in which detailed written records of cases are kept and which are a source of information for subsequent work. Such books are often used as supplements to texts in law schools.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book in which a physician keeps the medical record of his eases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a book in which detailed written records of a case are kept and which are a source of information for subsequent work
  • adj. according to or characteristic of a casebook or textbook; typical


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • If Stephen Griffin's characterization of a passage from Jack Goldsmith's and Curt Bradley's foreign-relations-law casebook is correct, these two top scholars have fallen into the Michelle Malkin trap of crediting supposed "intelligence" supporting the Japanese American incarceration in World War II and of depicting the incarceration program as wrong only in hindsight.

    Is That Legal?: Japanese American internment Archives

  • Closer to home, I had to make a quick decision whether to put the opinion into the 2nd edition of my computer crime law casebook, which is at the printers right now.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Ninth Circuit Considers Super-En-Banc for Comprehensive Drug Testing

  • When they do notification his remainder he runs away and they all give casebook, meaning to killer him, out of the houseboat through the backbench doorbell.

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  • It was predated by two years with the 1860 publication of "The Trail of the Serpent," by Mary Elizabeth Braddon; it uses the same "casebook" formula replicated afterward by Charles Felix, as did another 1860 detective novel, "The Woman in White," by Wilkie Collins.

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  • According to and substantiated by 'The Blood libel legend: a casebook in anti-Semitic folklore,' a 1991 book by Alan Dundes, an influential Roman Catholic magazine titled 'Civilta Cattolica' in 1881 revived the blood libel accusation, going on to write a series of articles forwarding the fraudulent allegation.

    Blood Libel Claim By Sarah Palin Causes Controversy

  • This is even more meta because the Ginsburg et al. trademark casebook contained, or at least used to contain (my memory for editions is a bit limited, and they really reshaped this section after Dastar), a hypothetical about a publisher who put out a new edition of a casebook with different authors but original names.

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  • Mark McKenna pointed me to this story about a lawsuit over a casebook supplement that bears the name of the casebook authors but didn't come from them.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • They were a particularly welcome break from the casebook [3] approach of law school.

    A Progressive on the Prairie » Booking Through Thursday: Useful » Print

  • They were a particularly welcome break from the casebook approach of law school.

    Booking Through Thursday: Useful « A Progressive on the Prairie

  • Two years later he published Race, Racism and American Law, the casebook that colleagues and friends noted “would help define the focus of his scholarship for the next 38 years” and “heralded an emerging era in American legal studies, the academic study of race and the law.” For the rest of his professional life his scholarship highlighted the inequalities that continued to define American life and law.

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