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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.

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. 

WK Online Study Aids

The library is testing out a new study aids platform as a pilot project. WK Study Aids provides unlimited online access to hundreds of titles from Wolters Kluwer Legal Education. Nine series are available, including Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, and Glannon Guides. Books on academic success are also included.

Click the link below to access WK Online Study Aids. Be sure to create a WK login. Your WK login will ensure off-campus access to the study aids and will also enable you to print, download, highlight, and take notes.

For help with creating an account and downloading titles for offline reading, click the Accessing and Downloading handout below.

WK Study Aids is limited to CUA Law students and faculty.

West Academic Online Study Aids

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

West Academic Account

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. Click the West Academic Study Aids link below to create an account.

Mobile App

West Academic now provides a mobile app for offline reading, highlighting, and note taking. Click the link below for instructions. You must have a West Academic login to use this feature. You must select titles for offline reading from the West Academic Study Aids website.

West Academic Study Aids is limited to CUA Law students and faculty.

Study Aids on Reserve

Current editions of the following series are on reserve at the circulation desk. The library purchases titles for all required and staple subjects. Other subjects are purchased on a select basis. Older editions for select titles are available in the stacks. Linked series are available online in full-text through either West Academic Study Aids or WK 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.


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:

  • WA: West Academic Online Study Aids
  • WK: WK 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 (WK, P)
  • Hornbooks (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.

  • Casenote Legal Briefs (WK)
  • ​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 (WK, 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.

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


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 (P)
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