This Guide lists treatises, hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aid publications available in print, online and DVD. Information and links to other study aid resources (LegalEd, CALI Tutorials, and a guide to legal research & law practice software and vendor trainings) are also provided. The Law School Success section includes publications on surviving/succeeding in law school and exam prep and performance advice. The Bar Exam Materials section includes publications on general bar exam preparation and advice, and materials for taking the MBE, MEE, MPT and MPRE exams.
U of M Law student, Victor Jimenez (2023) has compiled a very useful guide to study aid publications. The guide groups study aids by type and format in the following categories: Case Briefs, E & Es, Outlines, Overviews, Hornbook Treatises, Exam Preparation, Audio and Video. Links to the titles are provided along with a listing of the subjects available under each title.
For additional advice in selecting and using study aids, see, "Study Aids: Proceed with Caution" by Amy L. Jarmon, 42 (3) Student Lawyer 19, (Nov. 2013).
West Academic Study Aids Digital Collection
Features study aid publications and materials in ebook, audio and video formats. The collection includes popular series such as Hornbooks, Nutshells, Black Letter Law, Gilbert Law Summaries, Legalines and many others.
Carolina Academic Press Study Aids
Featuring ebook versions of these study aid series: Mastering, Q & A, Skills & Values, and Understanding. Also includes treatises on various areas of law and practice, from adoption law to water law.
Wolters Kluwer Study Aids
Features eBook versions of these study aid series: Examples & Explanations, Crunchtime, Glannon Guides, Casenotes Legal Briefs, and more. Individuals can log in to annotate and highlight resources, but titles are available without creating a personal account.
The following study aid series are available for check out from the Reserve collection at the Circulation Desk and available online as noted below:
To find nutshells and hornbooks on other topics try searching MNCAT using the keywords: nutshell, treatise or hornbook (as appropriate) and a subject or descriptive term(s). Example: nutshell real estate
Other recommended sources for locating study aids publications include: the Georgetown Law Library Treatise Finders, and the Harvard Law School Library Legal Treatises by Subject Guide.