Why do Law Students who purchase Dean's use it on average 11.9 Times per Day?
You need a good Law Dictionary to properly learn the law.
Who has the better Law Dictionary Black’s vs. Dean’s Law Dictionary?
The law is all technical definitions. Technical definitions are the lifeblood of understanding the law. In law school you must know the technical definitions in order to ask the right questions to do your issue spotting on exams. How well you do in law school depends on how well you memorized the law and how many questions you can ask. If you ask all the questions you will spot all the issues. We examined 180 key definitions for contract law in both Black’s Law Dictionary and Dean’s. Black’s had no exam writing definitions for 161 of the terms and marginal exam writing definitions for the rest. A good exam writing definition gives you all the elements that comprise the prima facie case for the word being defined. Black’s just doesn’t have any exam writing definitions for the vast majority of the key words in contracts and has marginal definitions for the rest. Dean’s has exam writing definitions for all 180 terms. In fact, Dean’s has exam writing definitions for all the terms in every major course in law school. Black’s has marginal exam writing definitions for on average 16% of the terms and no definitions for the rest. Do you really want to trust your law school and professional law career to Black’s Law Dictionary?
Black's is printed and obsolete and has virtually no case cites.
Black’s is printed. Dean’s is digital. Anything as complex and complicated as a law dictionary, which is meant to be used many times per day, must be available in a digital format. Black's used to be the standard but it is printed. It is impossible to easily use Black’s to search for words or content within the Law Dictionary And forget about using Black’s to copy or paste the material you need into your court or word documents or class notes.
Black's is heavy and you will have to lug it around everywhere you go each and every day. Of course, there is something to be said for the extra exercise you get but when you add that to everything else you carry around, Black’s is just a nuisance.
Black’s is more expensive because it is printed. So besides having significantly less utility, Black’s costs you more.
If you get a law dictionary you get it so you can find initial case law and shepardize it to find current relevant cases. You can't do that if there are no case cites in a law dictionary. Black's has virtually no case cites and really wants you to purchase expensive legal research services that are unneeded.
Black's has virtually no explanations for complex idiomatic terms.
We checked three editions of Black’s for the size of the definition for Felony Murder. Black’s has an average of 120 words to define the idiomatic term of Felony Murder. Black’s has no sub definitions. Black’s has no statutory nor any case cites for any of the three definitions for felony murder in the three editions. Black’s has no comparison definitions for felony murder and any other legal terms or concepts.
In comparison to Black’s, Dean’s law dictionary has 19 definitions and sub definitions including one comparison definition with a grand total of 30,788 words, and over one thousand case and statutory cites. Do you really think Black’s will help you in your legal career? Do you really think you would know anything about felony murder after reading Black’s Law Dictionary?
This comparison is not an isolated event. We stopped doing comparisons after we got even more one-sided results for the top 40 key idiomatic terms used in the law profession and law school.
Black's has no comparison definitions.
Black’s has virtually no case cites.
Black’s has virtually no statutory cites.
We could go on and on and on. Black’s Law Dictionary used to be the best law dictionary you could buy. If you don’t believe us just download a free copy of Dean’s and use it for free for 3 days. You can verify everything we said as being the absolute truth with no sales puffery. Black’s law dictionary is not the best law dictionary you can buy.