Finding Study Aids

Need an overview of a particular area of law or to clarify a particular legal concept?  The law library purchases the following study aid series:

  • West Hornbooks
  • West Nutshells
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Emanuel Law Outlines

Current study aids are located in the Reserve collection.  Check the online catalog for specific titles  Study aids are available for 2-hour check out and selected “starred” copies can be checked out for 24 hours.  “Starred” books cannot be renewed.  Fines will accrue for late items at the rate of $1 per hour. If you would like to check out a study aid for 6 weeks, selected copies of older editions of these study aids are located in the Treatise collection for checkout.

The law library is pleased to provide students with this collection.  We hope that students will take care to maintain the collection for the benefit of everyone.  Remember, study aids are just that: aids to your regular study.  They are not a substitute for attending class and reading required material!

Library Study Aids

The law library purchases the following study aid series:

  • West Nutshells
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Emanuel Law Outlines

Current study aids are located in the Reserve collection. Study aids are available for 2-hour check out and selected “starred” copies can be checked out overnight. Overnight books are available at 3 p.m. and are due the following day at 11 a.m. for day students and 6 p.m. for evening students. On Thursdays at 3 p.m. the overnight status converts to weekend so the study aid will not be due until Monday. Please note that there is no weekend checkout during the exam period – overnight checkout only. Overnight books cannot be renewed. Fines will accrue for late items at the rate of 25 cents per hour for the first four hours and $1 for every hour thereafter. Selected copies of older editions of study aids are located in the Treatise collection for checkout.

1L Information

We met many of the new students during the recent library 1L orientation, but if you were unable to attend, here is a summary of some of the most important things we covered:

Library Survival Guide
If you need information about law school in general, briefing a case, or outlining, consult our new student guide.

Library Tours
We will provide short tours of the law library during the first few weeks of school.  Check back on the law library website for more information and sign ups.

Study Aids
The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries.  Search our catalog for specific titles on the library catalog or see our Finding Study Aids Guide.  Remember, study aids are just that: aids to your regular study.  They are not a substitute for attending class and reading required material!

Casebooks
The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook on Reserve for two-hour check-out (no overnight checkouts).  The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference or limited photocopying and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks.  The library does not purchase copies of required supplementary materials/handouts or upper division course materials.  Search our catalog for specific titles.

Study Rooms
Study rooms can be reserved for your study group.  It’s a two hour maximum per day per group.  For more information, visit: the law library site and click on the links under Study Rooms and Equipment Requests.

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Study Aids

4558635016_5c2e11ce18The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries.  Search our catalog for specific titles on the library catalog at: http://library.seattleu.edu/search~S1/ or see our Finding Study Aids Guide at: http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/studyaids.  Remember, study aids are just that: aids to your regular study.  They are not a substitute for attending class and reading required material!

Tired of Study Aids?

Review a substantive area of law with a CALI lesson. There are hundreds of interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 40 subject areas. You can obtain the law school authorization code at the Reference Desk or by emailing the reference librarians. Once you have the code, fill out the registration form at the CALI website to receive your password. CALI DVDs are also available at the Reference Desk.

Online Lessons for 1Ls

Review an area of law with a CALI lesson. There are hundreds of interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 40 subject areas. You can obtain the law school authorization code at the Reference Desk and then fill out the registration form at the CALI website to receive your password. CALI DVDs are also available at the Reference Desk.

Some lessons that 1Ls might be interested in are:

The CALI site has many other lessons for 1Ls and lessons on upper level topics.

CALI Goes Mobile

Waiting at the bus stop or in a bar and feeling guilty about not studying? Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) lessons are now available to you on your iPad, iPhone, and other tablets and smartphones. If you don’t know what CALI is, you should learn. Go to the CALI website and see what all it has to offer.

Alternative Study Aids: Mnemonics and the Gift of Song

by Jason Giesler, Law Library Intern

Ranging from outlines to flash cards, the library has a wide-ranging variety of traditional study aids available for students. Different types of study aids work best for different people. For those who don’t respond well to the traditional outlines, notes, and flash cards, I offer links below to several entertaining alternatives.

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Study Aids Exhibit

Our Study Aids exhibit helps familiarize our incoming 1Ls with the supplemental learning materials available in our library. (2nd floor)

Study aids are aids to your study.  They are not intended to be a substitute for attending class and reading course materials.