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1L & New Student Survival Guide

A guide to Law Library resources and services for new students at the Columbus School of Law

What are Study Aids?

Study aids (also referred to as supplements) are intended to assist students in a variety of ways. Students can use study aids to acquire a broad overview of a topic, review and better understand specific concepts, and 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. 

Electronic Study Aids

The law library subscribes to three electronic study aid platforms, Lexis Digital, West Academic, and Wolters Kluwer (WK).

Lexis Digital Library

What Can I Find on Lexis Digital Library?

  • Four study aids series: Mastering, Questions & Answers, Skills & Values, and Understanding. Select Browse Library to easily locate all four series.
  • Primary and secondary materials for DC, MD, and VA, and major treatises such as Moore's Federal Practice and Corbin on Contracts.

What Features Are Available?

  • Download titles, highlight, annotate, export annotations, print, and create tags. Your homepage automatically saves opened books and annotations for easy access.
  • Download the Lexis Digital app on your phone or tablet to read books offline. The first time you use the app, you need to enter this code: catholiclaw

How Do I Access?

Bookmark the link below. Login using your Use your CUA network account.


West Academic

What Can I Find on West Academic?

  • Over twenty study aid series, including Acing, Short & Happy, High Court Case Summaries, and Exam Pro
  • Audio lectures: Sum & Substance and Law School Legends
  • Audio books for select series
  • Quizzing feature (Exam Pro)
  • Academic and career success books

What Features are Available?

  • Create a West Academic login to download titles, highlight, take notes, print, and save favorites.
  • Download the app to your phone or tablet to access titles and audio lectures on the go.

How Do I Access?

  • Bookmark the link below to access using your CUA network login.
  • Remember, you must create a West Academic login to download titles, highlight, take notes, and save favorites.

Wolters Kluwer (WK)

What Can I Find on WK?

  • Nine study aid series, including Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides
  • Video and audio: In Other Words series
  • Academic, bar, and career success books

What Features are Available?

  • Create a WK login to download titles, print, highlight, and take notes.
  • Download the app to your phone or tablet for access on the go. Follow the instructions below.

How Do I Access?

  • Bookmark the link below to access using your CUA network login.
  • Remember, you must create a WK login to download titles, print, highlight, and take notes.

Print Study Aids

Batelle Labs has been testing library materials to determine how long COVID-19 survives.. On June 22, they released results that concluded that after 3 days the virus was no longer detected on books and DVDs.  The law library will be putting a process in place that will quarantine library materials for a minimum of 72 hours after they have been handled.

Unfortunately, the need for a 3 day quarantine means that reserve materials will not be available for students as in the past.

  • Print study aids will not be available. All of the law library's print study aids, with the exception of the Aspen Student Treatise series, are available electronically.

Audio and Video Study Aids

Physical CDs for Sum and Substance and Law School Legends  are located in the Reference Room and can be checked out for 1 week with 1 renewal.

Study Aids Keyed to Casebooks

Restatements

Restatements are secondary sources that seek to create a uniform "restatement" of the legal rules that constitute the common law in a particular area.  They are written by the American Law Institute (ALI), a prestigious legal organization composed of noted professors, judges and lawyers. They are not binding legal authority.

Each Restatement consists of a set of topical volumes, which contain the actual "black letter" legal rules and drafters' commentary, and a set of Appendix volumes, which contain summaries of cases which have adopted or interpreted the Restatement rules.

To locate Restatements, do a keyword search in the law library catalog.

Law Library Catalog

Study Aids Finder

Study Aids by Type (Case Briefs, Outlines, Problem-Based, etc.)

Key to abbreviations used below:

  • LD: Lexis Digital Library
  • WA: West Academic Online Study Aids
  • WK: WK Online Study Aids
  • P: Print (on reserve at the circulation desk)

Treatises

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 (WK, P)
  • Hornbooks (WA, P)
  • Mastering series ( LD, P)
  • Understanding series (LD, 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.

  • Casenote Legal Briefs (WK)
  • ​High Court Case Summaries (WA)
  • Legalines (WA)

Outlines

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 (WK, P)
  • Gilbert Law Summaries (WA, P)
  • Quick Reviews (WA)

Overviews

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.

  • Inside series (WK)
  • Jumpstart (WK)
  • Nutshells (WA, P)
  • Short & Happy Guides (WA, P)

Problem-Based

These series include problems/ questions and model answers relating to the area of law being discussed. These are good for exam preparation.

  • Acing series (WA, P)
  • Emanuel Crunchtime (WK)
  • Exam Pro (WA)
  • Examples & Explanations (WK, P)
  • Friedman's Practice Series (WK)
  • Glannon Guides (WK)
  • Questions and Answers (LD, P)

Skills-Based
Skills & Values series (LD)

This series explores topics important in law practice. Each chapter includes exercises designed to help students develop problem-solving skills for issues they might face in practice

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