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Published by Bradford and Hautzinger in Journal of Legal Education (May 2010) 59(4): 515-544. Copyright 2010, Association of American Law Schools. Used by permission.


Students should not have to pay so much for statutory supplements. Commercial casebook publishers add little value to the freely available, noncopyrighted material in statutory supplements, and commercial publishers have no real comparative advantage in producing them. With little effort, law professors could produce many statutory supplements required for their courses for free, just as they produce course syllabi and other handouts. And they could provide those materials in a more convenient digital form, not in the bulky print format offered by the commercial casebook publishers. With the example given in this paper of successful creation and distribution of a free digital securities law statute book, the hope is that this may spark a revolution in the way such materials are produced.

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