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Open, Free, and Low-Cost Course Materials


Much has been written recently about the high cost of textbooks, including casebooks. With the cost of a single casebook potentially reaching over $300, casebook costs are a major contributor to the ever-increasing cost of law school. The “open educational resources” (OER) movement has also affected the legal education market, and there are now a variety of resources for faculty who wish to offer free or low-cost alternatives to the traditional law school casebook. There are also a variety of options available for faculty, ranging from readymade casebooks with teaching materials to platforms that allow you to create your own casebook from a range of different sources. 

This research guide contains information on teaching using open source materials, as well as copious links to open, free, and low-cost course materials organized by topic. In addition, you may want to compile your own materials using the resources available from the GSU libraries, and this guide also contains information on how to create links directly to materials in GSU library-licensed resources. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me..

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