Introduction to Study Aids for Professional Responsibility
The Law Library has a varied collection of study aids on numerous legal subject areas. This series of guides is intended to provide access by subject area to the study aids in the collection.
General Information on Study Aids
Some study aids are referred to as hornbooks, others as nutshells. A hornbook is a single volume covering an area of law with references to cases, statutes, and secondary sources such as law review articles and American Law Reports annotations. Unlike a hornbook, a nutshell provides a basic overview of the legal concepts in a particular area of law with few references to cases, statutes, and secondary sources.
The main study aids series are:
- West/Thomson Reuters hornbooks and nutshells
- LexisNexis “Understanding ....” series
- Aspen Publishers Examples and Explanations series
- Foundation Press Concepts and Insights series
Even more detailed information on a legal subject area can be found in a single volume or in a multi-volume set referred to as a treatise. These treatises can be searched by author, by advanced keyword, by subject or by title using the Law Library’s WebCatalog. The treatises are shelved by their call number in the Library’s open stacks. Most single volume treatises can be checked out from the Law Library for twenty-one days.
Current editions of these study aids are available on Reserve. Copy 1 and Copy 2 of a study aid circulate for two hours and are restricted to use within the Law Library. Copy 3 and higher can be checked out of the Law Library for forty-eight (48) hours. Note, a fine of 50 cents is accrued for each hour that a book checked out from Reserve is overdue! Older editions of the study aids are shelved in the stacks by their call number and can be checked out from the Law Library for twenty-one days.