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Study Aids and Exam Preparation Resources

This Research Guide provides information and resources to aid students in achieving academic success.

Study Aids Listed by Category

The chart below contains a listing study aids series by category, description and use, and study aid platform. All series listed are available online at Boston College Law School. You can access the platforms through the All Law Library Databases list on the Law Library homepage.

Study Aid Category Description & Use West Study Aids Aspen Study Aids CALI
Treatises, Hornbooks & Summaries of Law

Provide narrative explanation of the law. Use to:

  • get an overview of a topic of law
  • provide background and context for learning
  • understand key concepts and terminology
  • Nutshell Series
  • Hornbooks
  • Concise Hornbooks
  • Short & Happy Guides
  • Concepts and Insights
  • Inside Series
  • Jumpstart Series
  • Examples & Explanation
Case Briefs

Summarize case law decisions assigned as readings in class. Use to:

  • clarify confusion
  • test understanding a case's significance
  • Legalines
  • High Court Summaries
  • Casenote Legal Briefs
Commercial Outlines

Organized framework of black letter law and legal rules. When creating your own outline, use to:

  • develop organizational structure
  • check for missing rules or issues
  • clarify areas of confusion
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Giblert law Summaries
  • Quick Reviews
  • Emanuel Law Outlines
Problem-Based Aids

Problems and questions (multiple choice/essay) with model answers and general exam tips. Use to:

  • evaluate your understanding
  • develop approach to answering exam questions
  • identify missing knowledge 
  • Acing Series
  • Exam Pro Series
  • Emanuel Crunchtime
  • Glannon Guides
  • Friedman's Practice Series
  • Examples & Explanations
Audio & Computer-Based Aids

Recordings of case briefs, lectures, video recordings, and self-paced online tutorials. Use to:

  • reinforce your learning
  • review topics of law
  • Sum & Substance
  • Office Hours 
  • Law School Legends
  • In Other Words
  • CALI Lessons