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A quick guide to tons of study aids available via the Professional Center Library
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Find books in the Professional Center Library. Be sure to note the Location as well as the Call Number.


Library Locations

Library materials are kept in several named locations; save time when finding material by knowing where to look. While many study aids are the Academic Success Nook, others can be found throughout the library. Also, check out the floor plans on the library website.

Academic Success Collection - these items are in the "Nook" next to the Circulation Desk, on the Second Floor.

Permanent Reserve - these items are kept behind the Circulation Desk, on the Second Floor.

Reserve - these items are kept behind the Circulation Desk, organize by Professor name for the use of a class.

Reference - these items are on the North and West walls on the Second Floor, flanking the staircase.

Stacks - these items are kept on the Ground and First Floors. First floor: call numbers A-KE; Ground: call numbers KF-Z.

Periodicals - these items are kept on the First Floor, starting near the staircase/elevator at the North wall.


Study Aids for Law Students

Study aids are a great way to get a better understanding of a legal subject area, or to review for exams. This guide suggests titles for many of the classes offered at the Law School. Not all courses are included, but many are. If you have suggestions for courses or aids to add, please contact Professor Irwin-Smiler.


Academic Success Collection & Nook

The Academic Success Collection and Nook are new additions to the Professional Center Library for Fall 2012. This is dedicated space for you to examine and use the study aids the library owns. You are welcome to check these out for a week at a time - just take them over to the Circulation Desk. The Nook is organized by class, with first year books are on the low bookcases, upper level required classes and electives on the tall bookcases. Within each category, the books are shelved alphabetically by class title or group (i.e., all tax books are under "Taxation", whether that's Estate Tax or Income Tax). If you're looking for an upper level class that relates to a 1L course, check in the 1L section as well. For instance, Products Liability titles are shelves with Torts.

The Academic Success Nook

Study Aid Series

Several publishers provide study aids in a variety of formats & series. Students often find a series they like and stick with that throughout their law school career, but don't limit yourself & get boxed in!

  • Sum and Substance  
    A series of audio recordings published by West. In the Professional Center Library these are usually kept in the A/V room or on Permanent Reserve (at the Circulation Desk).
  • Examples and Explanations
    This series from Aspen provides an explanatory outline of a legal subject area with multiple explanations of the legal points discussed.
  • Nutshells
    From West; brief explanations in a compact format.
  • Understanding Series
    A detailed explanation of a legal subject area in outline format; from Lexis.
  • Law in a Flash
    These flash cards provide a hypothetical situation, legal question and detailed answers; from Aspen (previously Emanuel). These sets are kept on Permanent Reserve or in the Nook.

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