Study aids are materials, other than your casebook, that help explain and outline the law. Study aids include explanatory material like nutshells and hornbooks, commercial outlines, case summaries, flashcards, audio tapes and more.
Study aids are meant to supplement, not take the place of, the work that you are already doing in your courses.
Study aids can help by:
Law school study aids are intended to assist students in accomplishing specific ends like extracting the rule from a particular case, getting a broad overview of a topic, or practicing exam questions. Below is a brief overview of the types of study aids that are available, with examples of each type. (This list is not exhaustive.)
Explanations of the Law: These series provide explanations of legal concepts and black letter law, with useful background information. They tend to be more detailed than most outlines or narrative study guides. The amount of detail varies with each publication. Examples of this type of study aid include:
Problem-Based Study Aids: These titles include problems/questions and model answers relating to the area of law being discussed. These study aids usually include essay and multiple choice questions and/or hypotheticals followed by explanations. Examples include:
: Often referred to as "canned" briefs, case briefs summarize the law, facts and analysis of the cases students are assigned from course casebooks. Many track the actual casebooks themselves. They should only be used to test one's understanding or to extract a rule if needed. Examples of canned briefs include: