About this LibGuide
This LibGuide is meant to assist law students in finding the correct study aids on a topic.
All of the study aids listed in this LibGuide will be found in the reserves section of the library. Reserve books are shelved behind the circulation desk and are open for anyone to browse. Student patrons can check out a reserve book for two hours and faculty can check them out for two weeks.
Types of Study Aids
Nutshell Series. Nutshells come in foundational and more niche topics. They are best used as quick references guides, as they primarily summarize the ideas and only include key cases.
Hornbooks. A Hornbook is a one-volume legal treatise on a foundational law topic. These books are the most classic of the study aids and will give the reader a basical understanding of the topic. Many of these are classics, so the date may indicate that the book is old, but it is still revered as the official Hornbook on a topic. They boast that they are still the most recommended by professors and all include a summary of cases, a table of cases, and scholarly footnotes. They are all green hardbacks.
Sum and Substance Audio. Sum and Substance audio discs are summaries of topics presented in lecture format from important law professors. They often include exam tips and include only the most essential information on a subject.
Concepts and Insights. Concepts and Insights are written by casebook authors and are meant to accompany casebooks. They explain topics beyond just black letter law.
Examples and Explanations. Examples and Explanations book are written in a very casual style compared to other publications. These include hypothetical situations to help prepare for in-class scenarios and exams. They boast that they can accompany nearly any class or casebook.
Black Letter Outlines. Black Letter Outlines review only primary topics in law. They include practice examinations to test understanding.
Emanuel. Emanuel guides come in both foundational and niche topics. They can be used as class or exam preparation tools. They are written in simple language and come with quizzes to test understanding.
Emanuel CrunchTime. Emanuel CrunchTime books are helpful for exam preparation. They come with short-answer and essay question examples, yes/no questions, and general exam tips for commonly-tested concepts.
Questions and Answers.Questions and Answers books include hundreds of multiple-choice questions and some short-answer questions. They also provide explanations for why a certain answer is strongest.
The Complete Understanding. The Complete Understanding series books are written by scholars and legal professors on core topics and some niche topics. Each book analyzes a given topic to assist the student in understanding concepts.