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Law School Success and Study Aids

Introduction to Study Aids

You will not have a problem finding study aids for your law courses, but you may have trouble choosing between the many, many options! Here you will find a description of the types of study aids available. Under each first-year course tab, you will find the resources available through the library and online. Study hard!

List of Book Series

Many law school study aids belong to a series. Each series presents information differently, some bare-bones, some highly in-depth. It is recommended that you browse through several of the series collections to find the ones that fit your needs and suit your learning style. 

Black Letter Outlines (West Academic)

Black Letter Outlines are designed to help a law student recognize and understand the basic principles and issues of law covered in a law school course.

Crunchtime (Wolters Kluwer)

Crunchtime outlines are designed for exam studying.  Each book contains flowcharts and capsule summaries of major points of law and critical issues, as well as exam tips for identifying common traps and pitfalls, sample exam and essay questions with model answers

Emanuel Law Outlines (Aspen)

Emanuel Law Outlines are well-correlated to all major casebooks to help you to create your own outlines. Sophisticated yet easy to understand, each guide includes both capsule and detailed explanations of critical issues, topics, and black letter law you must know to master the course.

Examples & Explanations (Wolters Kluwer)

The Examples & Explanations ("E&E") series provides an alternative perspective to help you understand your casebook and in-class lectures. Each E&E offers hypothetical questions complemented by detailed explanations that allow you to test your knowledge of the topics in your courses and compare your own analysis.

Gilbert Law Summaries (West Academic)

Each Gilbert includes a concise capsule summary, comprehensive outline of the law, and charts, as well as exam tips, and multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions with explained answers.

Hornbooks (West Publishing)

Hornbooks are one-volume treatises written primarily for law students on subjects typically covered by law school courses. Unlike casebooks, which are collections of cases (or excerpts of cases) chosen to help illustrate and stimulate discussion about legal issues, hornbooks attempt to summarize and explain the law in a specific area.

Law in a Flash (Wolters Kluwer)

Good for exam study, Law in a Flash Cards are pre-made flash cards.  Each card has a question on one side and a concise answer on the reverse side.

Nutshells (West Academic)

Nutshells are compact, soft-covered study guides that explain the most important issues of law, highlighting key cases and statutes.

Q&As (LexisNexis)

This study guides include multiple-choice and short-answer questions arranged topically for ease of use during the semester, plus an additional set of 40 questions comprising a comprehensive "practice exam." For each multiple-choice question,there is a detailed answer that indicates which of four options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other three options. Each short-answer question is designed to be answered in fifteen minutes or less.

Sum & Substance [Audio CDs] (West Academic)

Audio CDs on various topics of law. Good if you have a long commute to school or want to review Torts as you work out. 

Understanding (LexisNexis)

The concise, yet comprehensive, analysis contained in each Understanding title provides a foundation for true understanding of the subject and facilitates more than mere rote learning.

Short & Happy Guides (West Academic)

These guides are written in a fun, lighthearted style which many students find engaging. 

Mastering (Carolina Academic Press)

The Mastering series is comprehensive, but written without over-complicated language.

Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press)

A user-friendly and concise treatment of a variety of legal topics. Intended to be pleasurable to read, and not overly dry and academic.

Turning Point (Foundation Press)

This series focuses specifically on especially tricky topics of law, like "The Commerce Clause" or "The Religious Clauses" in Constitutional Law. They provide an analytical framework to understand these particularly pesky topics.