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Law School Success, Exam Preparation, and Study Aids: Study Aids

Study Aids

What are Study Aids?

Study aids (sometimes referred to as study guides or supplements) are created to help students in a variety of ways, including: 

  • to provide a broad overview of a legal topic;
  • help you understand specific concepts; and 
  • test your knowledge through practice questions, explanations, or model answers.

Study Aid Series

The Taggart Law Library carries titles in the following series to help with understanding content in specific subject areas (e.g., torts, constitutional law, etc,). To see all the titles we carry in a particular series, click on the links below. You can also search for a particular title by doing a keyword search using the subject and series you are looking for (e.g. "torts AND nutshell”).

While these publications provide less detail than treatises and casebooks, study aids can be a valuable introduction to an unfamiliar area of the law. The library has a few study aids on reserve, while older editions are available in the stacks. Below is a sample of the study aids we have available for checkout; use the catalog to search by title or keyword to find others.

CALI Lessons

The Law Library is a member of CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), a non-profit consortium.  CALI provides member schools with FREE access to over 900 interactive lessons on a wide variety of law school course topics.  These lessons are a great way to supplement your course readings and test yourself on comprehension of course material.  Access to these lessons requires registration at the CALI  Please see a librarian for the ONU authorization code for CALI.

CALI Lessons can be accessed in a variety of ways.  Here are some links to help you get started:

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Online Study Aids

West Academic Study Aids

The West Academic Study Aids Collection is provided by your law school library and offers you access to hundreds of trusted study aids, convenient audiobooks and lectures, and interactive practice questions to help you succeed in law school.

Study Aids Series Guide
Case Briefs High Court Case Summaries®;
Hornbook/Treatises Hornbook Series®
Concise Hornbook Series™
Concepts and Insights
Outlines Black Letter Outlines®
Gilbert® Law Summaries
Quick Reviews
Overviews Nutshell Series®;
Short & Happy Guides®
Law Stories Series
Exam Prep Acing Series®
Exam Pro Series®
Audio Law School Legends Audio Series
Sum & Substance Audio Series

Setting Up your Account

To access these online resources, set up your West Academic account following the below steps:

  1. Go to
  2.  Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts.
  3. Once you create an account you will be automatically logged into West Academic
  4. Verify your email address one of two ways:
    1. If you are already logged in, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner and click My Account. Enter your school or work email address under “My School/Organization” Click “Check for Materials” and check your email for a verification link.
    2. The next time you log in you will be prompted to confirm your email. Enter your school email address and check your email for a verification link.

Once you have verified your email address you can access all the content available in your subscription and you can log-in independently from your school’s network.

Already have an account.

If you already have a West Academic account, please sign-in at and verify your school email address.

For Guest

When you are on campus, simply click the study aids link on your library homepage or go to

When you are off campus, guest access is available by signing into your school network (proxy server or VPN).

Need help? Contact West Academic Technical Support at 877-888-1330, select option #4 or email