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Study Aids


The library provides access to online study aides including:

You can make an account on Aspen, which you can use to download materials to read offline, save resources onto shelves, or create a favorites list. Aspen also has downloadable apps for mac, windows, and Android 

The library also has physical copies of study aids kept behind the circulation desk. The checkout period is 3 days during the semester and 24 hours during exam week.

Textbook-Aligned Study Aids

Some study aids are aligned to specific textbooks, providing briefs on the major cases the textbook covers.

Aspen Learning Library

Each Casenotes title is aligned with the current edition of a specific casebook. The book privides a brief for each principal case in the casebook with a succinct statement of the rule of law/black letter law, description of the facts, important points of the holding and decision, and concurrences and dissents included in the casebook excerpt. This overview is combined with a short analysis: all to help you broaden your understanding and support you in classroom discussion.

Some of the Emanuel Outlines are aligned with specific textbooks, and some are general. Each outline contains comprehensive coverage of the topics, cases, and black letter law found in your specific casebook. Includes Quiz Yourself and Essay Q&A features help you test your knowledge throughout the semester and exam tips which alert you to the issues and fact patterns that commonly pop up on exams.

Emanuel Outlines is one of the most popular resources. This guide includes links to the outlines for 1L and recommended elective courses.

West Study Aids

This series contains briefs for each major case in specific textbooks. The briefs are followed by legal analysis, providing contextual background about each case, and connecting the case to the broader concepts developed throughout the casebook. This title also supplies case vocabulary, with definitions of new or unusual legal words found throughout the cases.

Last updated: 5/15/2024