Study Aid Spotlight- selections for the current 1L courses

Call it Study Aid Spotlight, tripartite edition. We’re going to take a look at not just one, but three study aids, specially chosen for the Fall 2021 1L courses.

As a 1L staring down your first finals, it pays to study up on studying. And while it’s great to have an entire publishing subcategory dedicated to aiding you in this process of studying for law school exams, it can result in a rather paralyzing proliferation of study aid options.

Fortunately, the library’s got your back. We’ve been toiling away to formulate this list of what are unquestionably the very best study aids for your fall courses, as determined by facts & logic.

Civil Procedure- Examples & Explanations

Choices don’t come easier than this. Not only does Professor Glannon (don’t worry: he’ll come up again) communicate the niceties of CivPro with clarity and wit, the example-based format keeps the focus squarely on the all-important skill of applying the law. We have an entire post extolling the virtues of this legendary study aid, so I’m not going to belabor this E&E’s exemplary qualities. Suffice it to say, this one’s a must-have.

Sum and Substance- Contracts (Audio)

More than the other 1L subjects, Contracts is starved for truly great study aids. There are plenty of solid hornbooks, but my usual application-focused standbys—E&Es and Glannon Guides—are a bit underwhelming when it comes to Contracts.

That helps Sum & Substance- Contracts stand out. Audio study aids like this one can improve your studying efficiency, since the format encourages multitasking. Here, Professor Brain does a good job of unpacking the major doctrines in a conversational style.

However, what really sets this apart from other audio study aids is the focus on applying the law. After discussing and summarizing each topic, Professor Brain includes a brief section on answering related questions on a law school exam, going over typical fact pattern and explaining how to analyze them.  

Torts- Examples & Explanations

Another Glannon classic! This one features the same mix of right-to-the-point explication and irreverent humor that made its CivPro counterpart so useful. Standout chapters include “That Odious Character: The Reasonable Person,” whose examples employ Falstaff, Dogberry, and other Shakespearean characters to memorably illustrate concepts like reasonable care and the Hand formula. I can’t recommend this one strongly enough.

Do you like these choices? Do you disagree with them? Which study aids are your top choices? Let us know in the comments!

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