What Educators Should Know

Illustrated Law is the best resource to teach people about the law. It’s also a great way to teach American history and American government. Here is the key information you should know.

We Don’t Summarize or Paraphrase Cases

We only use original verbatim text in our opinions. Nothing in the opinion is paraphrased or summarized. Like traditional casebook editors, we believe editing should be minimal and should only be used to remove truly unnecessary information, like procedural details.

You can read more about our thoughts on editing here.


We Don’t Limit Your Teaching Style

Illustrated Law provides cases a la carte. You can decide which cases to use/assign. If you want us to include the full opinion of any case in a custom book, we can add it. We can also include any background information you want us to add, as well as any questions and formative assessments.

We help you build the textbook you believe is best for your students.


How We Compare to Textbooks and Study Aids

How we’re different from typical study aids (Quimbee, CaseBriefs.com, etc.):

  • We don’t paraphrase or summarize cases

  • We provide context to cases

  • We include illustrations

How we’re different from textbooks:

  • We’re not just dense bricks of unbroken text

  • We provide context to cases

  • We include illustrations

  • We “chunk” information so students can learn and remember it better

  • We’re easily searchable

  • We apply the latest findings of cognitive learning research

  • We allow educators to customize any aspect of the book to suit their approach to teaching

How we’re similar to textbooks:

  • We use verbatim, lightly-edited court opinions like every casebook

  • We don’t provide the answers for how and why a court reached its conclusions


We Don’t Dumb Down the Law

While the format of our cases may at first appear to resemble pre-digested summarized available across the web, that’s not what we do.

What we do:

  • We provide context for every Supreme Court case

  • We provide the verbatim opinion—not a paraphrased version

  • We provide the Court syllabus when available, which is how the Court summarizes its own opinion

  • We tell you how the Justices voted

  • We include interesting and creative illustrations

What we don’t do:

  • We don’t summarize opinions

  • We don’t tell the reader why and how the court reached its conclusions

  • We don’t replace cases or court opinions. We merely present them in a more understandable manner.