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Most law instructors advise law students to read the entirety of a judicial opinion, but is there any research or studies that have examined this question? Certainly, law students should read SOME number of opinions, but what of reading the full opinion for every case in a law textbook?

Besides a quantitative study, I also welcome anecdotes of successful legal academics or practitioners. Are there any such compilations?

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    This question is far too opinion based, and also quite broad. – Roy May 30 '15 at 18:51
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The answer to your question is no, law students do not need to read the entirety of every case. The question is obviated by the fact that text books contain edited cases.

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    It's best to avoid answering opinion based questions. – Roy May 30 '15 at 18:51
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    I can see why that's a good guideline. I'll start to follow it. Thanks. – jqning May 30 '15 at 19:31
  • Do you have anything to back this answer up? – HDE 226868 May 30 '15 at 23:39
  • I will edit out the part that I can't back up. – jqning May 31 '15 at 0:11

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