Textbooks

DBA Textbook Library

The Duke Bar Association maintains a textbook library made up of donations from past students. At the beginning of each semester, you will have the opportunity to check out casebooks to be returned at the conclusion of the exam period. Instructions on how to search through the library and place a hold on a book are available at the DBA Textbook Library website.

There is no charge for the using these casebooks. However, the inventory is limited and the system operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the reservation timeline, check the weekly DBA Digest email.


Buying Your Books

Many casebooks are available for purchase or rent—new or used—online. In many cases, you will have the choice between a digital or physical version. Which to choose is largely a matter of personal preference, though check with your professor to see if one version is preferred. Some professors don’t allow laptops in class, and therefore require the physical edition.

If you have to purchase a book directly from a publisher like West Academic or Aspen Publishing, check with your professor to see if there’s a discount code available. The usual discount is 15%, which adds up quickly when purchasing multiple books.

If you wish to purchase or pick up your books in person, you can visit the campus bookstore in the Bryan Student Center. It is also possible to look up which books your courses require on the bookstore website.

Textbook Tips

Your professor may use an open-source casebook, or make a version specifically available online. In these instances, no purchase is necessary.

There is truly no need to have your casebooks in hand by the beginning of the semester. Many professors post the readings for the first one or two classes on Sakai, and will provide more if you tell them you’re having difficulty getting your books. So long as you have access to the text by the third or fourth class, you’ll be fine.

The law is a constantly evolving field. As such, it may be necessary to purchase the newest edition of a book. Double check to make sure that you’re getting the correct version before you buy!