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Hornbooks and Study Supplements

In addition to the print supplements listed below, Law School students also have access to the online, interactive lessons provided by the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Ask a Law Librarian for the Law School's activation code. 

Many of the study supplements are available as e-books via the West Study Aids package, which is accessible via Westlaw.

First Year Courses Second and Third Year Courses
Civil Procedure
Criminal Law
Law School Study and Exam Tips
Legal Research

Legal Writing

Administrative Law
American Indian Law
Antitrust and Intellectual Property
Appellate Litigation
Art Law
Business Associations
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Corporate Crime
Constitutional Law
Corporate Finance
Corporate Tax
Corporation Law
Criminal Justice and Cyber Law
Criminal Procedure
Education Law
Elder Law
Electronic Commerce Law

Employee Benefits Law
Employment Discrimination
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law
European Legal History

European Union Law
Family Law
Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
First Amendment Law
Foreign Relations Law
Health Law
Human Rights Law
Immigration Law
Income Tax
Insurance Law
Int'l Environmental Law
International Finance
Int'l Intellectual Property
Int'l Litigation and Arbitration
International Law
International Taxation
International Trade
Investment Management
Islamic Law
Japanese Law
Jewish Law

Labor Law
Land Use
Law and Economics
Legal Ethics

Mental Health Law
National Security Law
Negotiable Instruments
Oil and Gas Law
Partnership Taxation
Patent Law
Privacy Law
Roman Law
Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Secured Transactions
Securities Regulation
Sex Discrimination
Sports Law
State and Local Finance
State and Local Government
Structuring Venture Capital
Telecommunications Law
Trusts and Estates
White Collar Crime

Hornbooks are one-volume treatises written primarily for law students on subjects typically covered by law school courses. Unlike casebooks, which are collections of cases (or parts of cases) chosen to help illustrate and stimulate discussion about legal issues, hornbooks attempt to summarize and explain the law in a specific area. Perhaps the best-known hornbooks are those published by West in "West's Hornbook Series," which are easily identifiable by their distinctive green bindings and include titles such as Civil Procedure by Professors Friedenthal, Kane and Miller, and Uniform Commercial Code by Professors White and Summers.

Study supplements such as West's Nutshell Series and Black Letter Series, and Aspen Publisher's Examples and Explanations Series, also try to explain the law in a much more straightforward manner than casebooks. Study supplements, though, are written in a less scholarly manner than hornbooks and tend to focus on the basic issues without providing detailed analysis. For example, hornbooks are often heavily footnoted, whereas many supplements do not contain any footnotes at all.

Neither hornbooks nor supplements are intended to serve as substitutes for casebooks, but many students find these resources helpful in learning the fundamentals, which, in turn, makes it easier to understand the more complex questions discussed in class and presented on law school exams. Whether to consult a hornbook or a study supplement and, if so, which one, will depend on the individual's particular needs, tastes, and circumstances. No title is perfect for every situation. You will probably want to experiment with a variety of hornbooks and supplements in order to find the ones that work best for you.

Set forth above and arranged by subject are some hornbooks and study supplements that you may find useful in your studies. All of these books are located in the D'Angelo Law Library Reserve Room, and earlier editions of some titles may be available in the stacks under the same call number.

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