In addition to course readings, class notes, CALI exercises
*, and sample exams
, some students find study aids helpful in preparing for exams and learning the law. Speaking broadly, study aids include narrative descriptions of the law, outlines, and practice questions. (*Ask at the Information Desk if you have forgotten how to log on to CALI.)
The Law Library tries to maintain one or two copies of the most widely used study aids. Generally, the latest editions of Law Library study aids are available for two-hour, in-library checkout from the Information Desk. Older editions are in the stacks, available for regular check out.
If you would like to recommend a title for purchase or have materials to donate, please share them with desk staff or send them to Acquisitions/Reference Librarian Deborah Sulzbach
. If you would like a personal copy, many of these materials can be purchased at the SBA Bookstore
The Law Library's collection of study aids can be searched by subject, material type/series, or both in combination. Older (pre-2000) study aids have been omitted from the listings on this page.
Study aids are most effectively used as a complement to your own reading, class participation, and outlining. It may also be wise to check your syllabus or ask your professor for specific recommendations for review materials.
For bar examination review materials and other resources, please see separate guides: Preparing for the MPRE or
Bar Examination Preparation.
Search by Subject
(In addition to the subjects listed below, you can also search the Drake Libraries catalog directly using "study aid" as a subject term together with any other search terms you would like to use.)
Business Enterprises (includes B.A.)
Conflict of Laws
Wills and Trusts
Search for Audio Materials
Compact discs or audiotapes
Gilbert Law School legends (audio material)
Sum and Substance (audio material)
Search by Series
Acing Law School - outlines, checklists, problems, summaries
Blond’s Law Guides – outlines, flowcharts, case clips, mnemonics
Black Letter Outlines (West) – outlines, Q&A (essay, review)
Concepts and Insights – overview text
Concise Hornbook Series - overview text
CrunchTime – flowcharts, summaries, Q&A (essay, multiple choice, short answer)
Emanuel Law Outlines – outline, summary, Q&A (essay, multiple choice)
Examples and Explanations – overview with Q&A (a.k.a. examples and explanations)
Friedman's Practice Series –Q&A (essay, multiple choice)
Glannon Guides – brief overview and multiple choice questions
Finals Law School Exam Series – outline, summary Q&A (multiple choice)
Hornbook Series (West) – overview text
Inside Series (Aspen) - overviews, FAQs, summaries
Mastering Series (Carolina Academic Press) - overview, outline, review checkpoints
Nutshells – succinct overview
Law in a Flash (flashcards) - Q&A
Questions and Answers (LexisNexis) - Q&A (multiple choice, short answer)
Siegel's - Q&A (essay, multiple choice)
Stories Series – background and insights into seminal cases
Understanding Series – overview text
Search by Combined Subject and Series
The easiest way to search by both subject and series is by using the catalog search form. Enter the subject in the keyword field and the series in the series field.
Please consult the library staff at the Information Desk for more information or assistance in finding specific materials.
Prepared by Karen Wallace, Circulation/Reference Librarian
Drake University Law Library
Last Revised: May 2009, KW
Please feel free to e-mail the author with suggestions for improving this guide.