No matter what subject you are studying, it is likely that you will seek support through the use of a study aid at one point or another during the semester. Study aids come in all shapes and sizes. This page introduces students to the variety of study aids--and categories of study aids-- that are generally available for students. Subsequent pages list study aids available to Loyola students through the Law Library by subject.
The vast majority of study aids are produced by the three commercial entities that are responsible for your law school textbooks. These are LexisNexis publishing (now owned by Carolina Academic Press), West Academic (not directly affiliated with Westlaw or its parent company), and WoltersKluwer. Each has an online store where students can browse all available study aids. Links to each store are provided along with a list of the study aids that each provides and a brief description taken from the publisher's website.
LexisNexis Lawschool (Carolina Academic Press)
Law school study aids are intended to assist students in accomplishing specific ends like extracting the rule from a particular case (case briefs), getting a broad overview of a topic, or practicing exam questions. This section organizes commercial study aids by category. There is some overlap here because study aids often serve more than one role. Next to each resources is a two letter code indicating it’s publisher: BL=Bloomberg Law; LN=LexisNexis Publishing (now Carolina Academic); WK= Wolters Kluwer; WL=West Academic. This list is not exhaustive. For more information on any of these resources go to the Guide to Commercial Study Aids box located on this page.
“Canned” Case Briefs: these supplements do exactly what they say. They summarize the law, facts and analysis of the cases students are assigned from course casebooks. Many track casebooks themselves. WARNING! “Canned” briefs are NOT a substitute for reading assigned cases. They should only be used to test one’s understanding or to extract a rule if needed. Examples of canned briefs include:
Commercial Outlines: These titles focus on black letter law and legal rules. They often include exam tips and sample questions. Examples include:
Explanations of the Law: these series provide explanations of legal concepts and black letter law and useful background information. They tend to be more detailed than most outlines or narrative study guides. The amount of detail varies with each publication. Examples include:
Problem-based Study Aids: These titles include problems/ questions and model answers relating to the area of law being discussed. These study aids usually include essay and multiple choice questions and/or hypotheticals followed by explanations. Examples include: