Summer Webinar Series: How Law Schools Can Save $150 Million Using Open Casebooks

How Law Schools Can Save $150 Million Using Open Casebooks

Date: 7/17/19

The casebook is over 100 years old. It’s mostly filled with public domain cases, but yet, it often costs over $200. The economic system that outsources casebook production to traditional publishers could be handled by a nimble non-profit and paid authors – paid MORE than they get from royalties, I claim.

This would also fuel innovations in teaching materials, better updates, richer interaction. Is this all a unicorn hunt?

In this presentation, John Mayer, Executive Director of CALI ( will talk about open casebooks. Besides CALI’s eLangdell Press, many other law faculty are self-publishing or opening up their casebooks for students to freely download. You should too.

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John Mayer
John has been CALI’s Executive Director since 1994 and has worked in legal education since 1987. He has a BS in Computer Science from Northwestern and an MS in Computer Science from IllinoisTech. CALI is a 501(c)(3) consortium of almost 200 US Law Schools that publishes over 1000 rigorous web-based legal tutorials (, CC-licensed (free) casebooks ( and provides web software for formative assessment (, in-class polling ( and experiential learning (