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Academic Skills: Study Aids, Exam Prep, and More

This guide contains information on resources to help you with coursework, exam preparation, and to succeed in law school.

West Academic Online Study Aids

The library's West Academic Study Aids subscription provides students with unlimited online access to more than 430 titles from West Academic Publishing. Over ten series are available, including Acing, Black Letter, Exam Pro, Gilberts, Quick Reviews, streaming audio lectures, and more. Books on academic success, bar preparation, and career success are also included.

Click the link below to access West Academic  Study Aids. Be sure to create a West Academic login (this login is different from your Westlaw OnePass login). Your West Academic login will ensure off-campus access to the study aids and will also enable you to highlight titles, take notes, and save favorites.

Study Aids: Books

Current editions of the following series are on reserve at the circulation desk. Older editions for select titles are available in the stacks. Linked series are available online in full-text through West Academic Study Aids.

Study Aids: Audio

Physical CDs are located in the Reference Room and can be checked out for 1 week with 1 renewal. Audio lectures are also available via West Online Study Aids. Click the "series" tab on West Academic Study Aids to locate, or click the links below.

What are Study Aids?

Study aids are intended to assist students in a variety of ways, including to obtain a broad overview of a topic, to review and better understand specific concepts, and to test the application of concepts. Unlike casebooks, study aids provide explanations, analysis, practice questions, and model answers.

This page lists the various study aids that the law library has purchased for your use. 

Types of Study Aids

Key to abbreviations used below:

  • WA: West Academic Online Study Aids
  • P: Print (on reserve at the circulation desk)


These series provide comprehensive explanation and analysis. They are more detailed than other types of study aids.

  • Aspen Student Treatise series (P)
  • Concise Hornbooks (WA, P)
  • Examples & Explanations (P)
  • Mastering series (P)
  • Understanding series (P)
Case Briefs

Case briefs summarize the law, facts, and analysis of the cases students are assigned in course casebooks. Many are keyed to specific casebooks. Commercial case briefs are not a substitute for reading and briefing assigned cases.

  • ​High Court Case Summaries (WA)
  • Legalines (WA)


These titles focus on black letter law and legal rules.  They often include exam tips and sample questions. Some outlines are keyed to specific casebooks. Commercial outlines are not a substitute for creating your own outline.

  • Black Letter Outlines (WA)
  • Emanuel Law Outlines (P)
  • Gilbert Law Summaries (WA, P)
  • Quick Reviews (WA)


These titles provide a concise narrative explanation of the major doctrines in each substantive area of law, and offer a good introduction to key concepts and legal terminology.

  • Nutshells
  • Short & Happy Guides


These titles include problems/ questions and model answers relating to the area of law being discussed.

  • Acing series (WA, P)
  • Exam Pro (WA)
  • Examples & Explanations
  • Questions and Answers (P)
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