Q. Does the library have study aids?


Yes, the library has a large Law Library Study Aids Collection. They are shelved in the Reference Room at the South end of the L3 Reading Room. 


This collection includes books from different publishers and series such as Nutshells, Examples & Explanations and Hornbooks (legal treatises written for students), among other useful study aids. The Law Library Study Aids Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.


The Law Library Study Aids Collection covers nearly all law school topics, including black letter subjects (contracts, torts, propertyevidence, etc.) and specialty topics (such as administrative lawcivil rights lawcopyright law, and employment discrimination law).


The Law Library Study Aids Collection does not include outlines, but if you are looking for a very basic source, refer to a Nutshell


Study Aids can be checked out for three hours. Also, if you don’t find what you are looking for, you may Request Books for our collection or stop at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk and ask for assistance.


The law library collection also contains books on outlining, exam prep strategies, essay exam techniques (IRAC and others), stress relief, and time management which can be found in the Reference Collection on L3 and on L5 (call number range KF 283).


Some of the popular titles include: Outlining for Exam SuccessA Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay ExamsThe Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School, and Hard-Nosed Advice from a Cranky Law Professor.


In addition to books, here are some other resources that we recommend.

-Professor John Langbein, Writing Law Examinations

What Makes a Good Law School Exam Answer? Law Profs Weigh In (Wall Street Journal)

- Professor Douglas Whaley, How to Take a Law School Exam

Law School Exams 101


If you don’t have the time to read books or blogs, CALI has a three part podcast series where professors discuss “exam taking skills, outlines, and advice for law students” (Part 1Part 2Part 3). If you haven’t registered for CALI, please email a librarian or stop by the Reference Desk.

  • Last Updated Jun 30, 2016
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  • Answered By Jordan Jefferson

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