Study aids are used to help you enhance your understanding of concepts taught in the classroom. While your notes and professor’s explanations should always be your primary source of information, study aids can help supplement your understanding and help you test your knowledge. And the Library has a boatload of these resources!
One study aid that has been a staple in law school libraries for many years is the Nutshell series published by West. Nutshells are compact guides that provide a succinct, yet thorough overview of a particular area of the law with an emphasis on key cases and statutes. Nutshells can be a good starting point when you need to review an area of law.
The Library has a multitude of books in the Nutshell series, from Administrative Law and Process in a Nutshell to Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell and everything in between (including required course topics!).
The newest editions are available in the Library’s Reserve Collection. To check one of these out, just ask at the Circulation Desk. All reserve copies are available for 2-hour check outs. Older editions, located in the Lower Level stacks, can be checked out for longer. If you would like help finding a copy, don’t hesitate to ask!