Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Still Need to Buy a Textbook?

If your professor says a textbook is required for his/her course, then yes. IL could replace textbooks, but unless your professor will teach from an IL book, you should still buy the textbook. And then you should tell them how much better IL is and how traditional textbooks are outdated and inefficient. 


What Research Studies Support IL's Approach?

Which studies don't? As mentioned a few times on this site, the Institute of Education Sciences (the non-partisan statistic/research branch of the Department of Education) has combed through thousands of studies and consistently found that features like graphics paired with text, questions with answers, and connecting concepts with concrete examples boosts your ability to learn. IL does that; other sources don't.


Why Aren't There More Cases/ the Cases I'm Looking For?

We are a young company, so we haven't quite covered every case yet. But give us time. Check back weekly, as we are continuously adding material. Feel free to send your syllabus to dab@illustratedlaw.com and we'll not only prepare the cases--we'll make a custom book based on what your class is covering. 


What's the Best Way to Use IL Books and Online Content?

It will depend on your professor's teaching style. If they force you to quote form specific pages in whatever textbook they assigned, then you should read the textbook and use IL products as a supplment throughout the semester and in preparation for finals. If, on the other hand, the professors aren't so wed to the textbook, then you can probably use IL products in lieu of those expensive, dense bricks of text.


How Much Time and Money Will IL Save Me?

Who Should Use IL? Who Shouldn't?

The money question is easier. IL is super affordable, with books in the $15-$20 range, and subscriptions that cost even less than that per month. In contrast, it's not uncommon for textbooks to cost $200. As for time, IL could save you dozens of hours-worth of studying per subject because you will learn the material faster, and you will remember it easier, so you don't have to continuously re-read long passages. 


Il is great for students and anyone interested in learning legal concepts. It's not so great for researchers, because we cut out citations and repetitive minutia non-researchers don't need. 


Did IL Italicize Portions of Opinions? What Did IL Add?

Nope. All italics are from the original court opinions. The same is true for any quotation marks. If there are quotes in our products, it's because the court is quoting another court. We add precious little to the opinions--usually just an "s" or "the" when we need to in order to make the sentence make sense after we remove unnecessary chunks. I'd estimate that we've added less than 0.0001% of the text in the opinions.  And we never change the meaning of any sentences or paragraphs.