Study Aids For Law School

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The list below contains all of the study aids I recommend for each course. If this is your first year of law school, I would recommend reading the list specifically for 1Ls. After your first year, you probably know better than I do which types of study aids work best for you, but I have two general pieces of advice. First, I think it is wise to always cover the material for each course in at least one additional way beyond reading the cases. Second, if your exam is going to have multiple choice questions, make sure you get the multiple choice question supplement if there is one, but even when the exam isn't multiple choice, I personally found the questions & answers series particularly useful. It is a good way to fill in free 30 minute blocks here and there and it isn't as intellectually demanding as some of the other approaches, but they do a good job of helping you get the material clear in your head.

In addition to the study aids below, you should, of course, do a boatload of practice exams. I have a list of a bunch of them here, or you can pick the particular course from the dropdown above or by clicking on the course title below for everything I have relating to each course.

You can find more detailed advice regarding strategies for using study aids here. And here is a page specifically about the Examples and Explanations series.

Administrative Law

1.Examples & Explanations: Administrative Law, Fifth Edition
2.Administrative Law and Process in a Nutshell


1.Examples & Explanations: Antitrust, Second Edition
2.Gellhorn, Kovacic, and Calkins' Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell, 5th
3.Antitrust (Aspen Treatise)


1.Examples & Explanations: Bankruptcy & Debtor Creditor, Sixth Edition
2.Principles of Bankruptcy Law (Concise Hornbook Series)

Civil Procedure

1.Mandatory: Civil Procedure, 7th Edition (Examples & Explanations)
2.Optional: Civil Procedure in a Nutshell, 7th
3.Optional: Questions & Answers: Civil Procedure
4.Hornbook: Introduction to Civil Procedure, Third Edition

Constitutional Law

1.Mandatory: Examples & Explanations: Constitutional Law: Individual Rights, Sixth Edition
2.Mandatory: Examples and Explanations: Constitutional Law: National Power and Federalism, Sixth Edition
3.Optional: Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 9th
4.Hornbook: Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies


1.Mandatory: Examples & Explanations: Contracts, Sixth Edition
2.Optional: Contracts in a Nutshell, 8th
3.Optional: Questions & Answers: Contracts
4.Hornbook: Chirelstein's Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts, 7th


1.Hamilton and Freer's The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell, 6th
2.Siegels Corporations: Essay & Multiple Choice Question Answers, Fifth Edition
3.Corporations (Examples & Explanations)
4.Questions & Answers: Business Associations

Criminal Law

1.Mandatory: Examples & Explanations: Criminal Law, Sixth Edition
2.Optional: Loewy's Criminal Law in a Nutshell, 5th
3.Optional: Questions and Answers: Criminal Law
4.Hornbook: Understanding Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure

1.Examples & Explanation: Criminal Procedure Constitution & Police, Eighth Edition

Employment Law

1.Employment Law in a Nutshell, Third Edition (West Nutshell)
2.Examples & Explanations: Employment Discrimination, Second Edition (only if your course covers discrimination)


1.Evidence: Examples & Explanations, 9th Edition
2.Rothstein, Raeder and Crump's Evidence in a Nutshell, 6th
3.Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell, 9th Edition
4.Questions & Answers: Evidence

Family Law

1.Examples & Explanations: Family Law, Fourth Edition

Federal Courts

1.Examples & Explanations: Federal Courts, Third Edition
2.Federal Jurisdiction, Sixth Edition (Aspen Student Treatise Series)

Intellectual Property

1.Examples & Explanations: Intellectual Property, Fifth Edition
2.Miller and Davis' Intellectual Property, Patents,Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell, 5th
3.Trademark and Unfair Competition in a Nutshell

International Law

1.Examples & Explanations: International Law
2.Buergenthal and Murphy's Public International Law in a Nutshell, 5th

Professional Responsibility

1.Examples & Explanations: Professional Responsibility, 5th Edition
2.Questions & Answers: Professional Responsibility


1.Mandatory: Examples & Explanations: Property, Fifth Edition
2.Optional: Real Property in a Nutshell, Seventh Edition
3.Optional: Questions & Answers: Property
4.Hornbook: Understanding Property Law


1.Examples & Explanations: Federal Income Taxation
2.Watson's Tax Procedure and Tax Fraud in a Nutshell
3.McNulty and Lathrope's Federal Income Taxation of Individuals in a Nutshell, 8th


1.Mandatory: The Law of Torts: Examples & Explanations, 5th Edition
2.Optional: Torts in a Nutshell, 6th
3.Optional: Questions & Answers: Torts

Wills and Trusts

1.Examples & Explanations: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 6th Edition
2.Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell
3.Questions & Answers: Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Updated December 2015