Study Aid Spotlight- Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies (Chemerinsky)

by Meri Elkin

In this second-ever Study Aid Spotlight, 3LP Meri Elkin takes a look at Erwin Chemerinsky’s celebrated Con Law hornbook.

Hanish Patel boasts that the #1 study aid of all time is CivPro E&E, and it very well may be … if you are a 1L. But tell me 2L’s and 3L’s, how frequently are you picking up CivPro supplements these days? And although Prof. Fowke recently made a case for Getting to Maybe—a study aid focused on exam skills rather than any one subject area—he was too quick to dismiss the the depth and versatility that comes with taking a single-subject focus.

So, I am here to make my case that the all-time best study aid is actually Erwin Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies. Beyond Con Law I and II, there are so many electives that touch on constitutional law. So. Many. Electives.

Don’t let the size of this 1,439-page supplement scare you. With a table of contents and a case index, this study aid is easy to navigate. More than that, it breaks down constitutional law into twelve chapters and easily digestible subsections.

For example, §5.3 tackles the Dormant Commerce Clause in 36 pages, starting with a brief definition, and then covering everything from policy justifications to an in-depth analysis of the modern approach to exceptions. Throughout, the author guides us along with incredibly useful headers, making it easy to get to the relevant sections for your classes.

Professor Chemerinsky’s goal was to write “the most thorough” 1,400-page constitutional law supplement possible. Although it does not cover the entirety of constitutional law, this amazing study aid provides some essential clarity for most of the topics students will encounter in their courses. And it’s these clear explanations that will ultimately keep students coming back, class after class.

For a panoply of study aid-related pro-tips (w/ a side of well-crafted verse), check out this classic post. And if you need to efficiently locate the perfect study aid in the perfect format, the library’s got you covered.

Finals? Again?!: Study Aids for You

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Finals are just around the corner, and the Law Library has a few things that might help you with your studies. As you may remember, we have Law in the Flash Cards, Audio Lectures, and a number of books like Examples & Explanations (E&Es), Questions & Answers, Nutshells, and others. All are available for check-out. Stop by the circulation or reference desks for more info. Remember, these finals will put you one step closer to graduation!

Here’s a list of what we have to help you in the coming month:

Flash Cards (3 hours)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Real Property

AudioCDs / Lectures (3 days)

  • Con Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sale and Lease of Goods
  • Secured Transactions

Study Aids / Book Form (new=3 hrs or old=1 week)

  • BioEthics / Call # KF3821
  • Con Law / Call # KF4546
  • Family Law / Call # KF501
  • Federal Income Taxation / Call # KF6351
  • Insurance Law / Call # KF1146
  • Professional Responsibility / Call # KF305
  • Real Estate Transactions / Call # KF665
  • Sales / Call # KF911
  • Secured Transactions / Call # KF388