Category Archives: West Study Aids

Video Resources for Transitioning from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext

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To aid in the transition from Westlaw® Classic to WestlawNext®, nine short videos have been embedded into Westlaw Classic. The videos show you how to conduct the basics of the research you currently conduct on Westlaw Classic on WestlawNext. Each video is under 3 minutes in length, and will be available until June 30, 2014.

The videos cover how to do the following tasks on WestlawNext:

  • Search with Terms and Connectors
  • Find and Print a Document
  • Find and Print Multiple Citations
  • Find a Statute
  • Browse a Table of Contents
  • Search with Descriptive Terms
  • Customize Your Delivery Preferences
  • Use Folders
  • Choose a Database

To access the videos, hover over the orange “W” and click Learn More Now.

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Note: Audio will automatically start with the video, so have your volume low. Also, disable your popup blocker to view the videos.

From Classic to Next Webinars

A series of webinars to aid in the transition from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext is currently running. Each week, two webinars – From Classic to Next Basic and From Classic to Next Advanced – are being held, at varying times from week-to-week. These webinars cover topics such as Boolean searching, KeyCite®, Custom Pages, and Folders. Also, at the end of each webinar you have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about transitioning your research to WestlawNext.

The next two webinars in the series will be held:

From Classic to Next Basic – May 19 at 12 p.m. (Noon) CT – Register today.

From Classic to Next Advance – May 20 at 3 p.m. CT – Register today.

If the above webinar days or times do not fit your schedule, visit the webinars page for the dates and times of future offerings of these webinars.

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Resources for Professional Responsibility Courses and the MPRE

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If you are taking or preparing to take a Professional Responsibility course and/or the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), there are many helpful resources and materials at your fingertips.

The Charlotte School of Law Library has a number of professional responsibility treatises, legal periodicals, study aids, and more.  A part of the CSL Research Guide collection, Professional Responsibility outlines and describes the print treatises and e-books available to CSL students, faculty, and staff.  This collection includes major treatises, such as the Model Rules and the Restatement; study aids, including volumes from the Nutshell series; and several other popular resources.  This Guide also includes links to the CSL catalog, where users can click into full-text journals and electronic databases and search for items and articles of interest.*  The Carolinas tab includes jurisdiction-specific resources for present and future practitioners of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Another CSL Research Guide, Academic Success: Professional Responsibility, includes a listing of study materials, including Emanuel Outlines, CrunchTime, E&Es, Barbri Review, Q&As, and more.  It also provides a brief description of the different types of study aids so you can determine what may work best for you.  These items are available for check out in the CSL Law Library.

CSL students also have access to West’s Study Aids Subscription, which has 13 different e-books on the topic of legal ethics and professional responsibility.  A link to those Study Aids is available on your Westlaw homepage.  You may search by keyword or browse by subject.

Finally, on the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) MPRE website, studiers can view NCBE tips on preparing for the MPRE, a subject matter outline of the MPRE, sample test questions from the MPRE, and more.

*Off-campus access to these electronic journals and databases requires a username and password.  Your username is your Last Name, First Name (e.g., Reid, Shannon), and your password is your Library Bar Code Number, which is located on the sticker on the back of your ID badge.

~Shannon Reid~

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West Study Aids: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is one of the most popular upper level courses here at CSL.  Our subscription to West Study Aids can definitely provide you access to a wide variety of study aids for various IP areas:

  • Copyright
  • International
  • Licensing
  • Patent Law
  • Survey Law
  • Trademarks

Nutshells:

  • LaFrance’s Copyright Law in a Nutshell
  • McManis’ Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition in a Nutshell
  • Miller and Davis’ Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell
  • LaFrance’s Copyright Law in a Nutshell
  • Adelman, Rader, and Klancnik’s Patent Law in a Nutshell

Black Letter Outline:

  • Schechter’s Black Letter Outline on Intellectual Property

You can access West Study Aids by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com and logging in to your Westlaw account.  Under “Legal Research and Tools” select “Study”.  From there you can search by keyword, subject, material type or series and you can browse all subject areas with one click.  You can also check out newly added study aids and create your own Favorites list.

~ Julie Morris ~

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West Study Aids: Remedies

How do I find them?

Just log into your Westlaw account and find the red button for STUDY in the middle of the homepage. Browse all subjects to the next page to find the three items available about Remedies.

What study guides are available?

Weaver and Kelly’s Black Letter Outline on Remedies

This text provides a concise summary of equity laws including equity and equitable remedies, enforcement of equitable decrees, injunctions, restitution, declaratory judgments, and damages. It discusses the historical perspective on equity, contempt rules, and forms of loss as they relate to damages.

Written by Russell L. Weaver and Michael B. Kelly.

Published October 31, 2005.

Gilbert Law Summaries:  Remedies, 11th

The topics covered in this outline include damages, equitable remedies (including injunctions and specific performance), restitution, injuries to tangible property interests, and injuries to business and commercial interests (including business torts, inducing breach of contract, patent infringement, unfair competition, and trade defamation). Also discussed are injuries to personal dignity and related interests (including defamation, privacy, religious status, and civil and political rights), personal injury and death, fraud, duress, undue influence, unconscionable conduct, mistake, breach of contract, and unenforceable contracts, including statute of frauds, impossibility, lack of contractual capacity, and illegality.

Written by John A. Bauman, John H. Bauman, and Kenneth H. York

Published December 2003.

Remedies in a Nutshell

This Nutshell explains what remedies are and their history. It examines the basic rules for legal and equitable remedies, injunctions, damages, restitution, rescission, reformation, and specific performance. In addition, it explains how remedies are used for injuries to realty, personal property and money, personal interests, misrepresentation, mistake, duress, and breach of contract. It also addresses restitution for unenforceable contracts.

Written by William Murray Tabb

Published January 1, 2005

How much do they cost?

Charlotte School of Law has purchased a subscription to these study aids on remedies as well as other course study aids. There is no cost to anyone at Charlotte Law with access to Westlaw. While Remedies in a Nutshell is available in course reserves in the library (if not checked out), the Gilbert Law Summaries: Remedies and Weaver and Kelly’s Black Letter Outlines on Remedies are not in the library’s collection. So here are some new resources. Purchasing just these three titles on Amazon would cost close to $120. Definitely, these study guides are a good deal for students wanting study aids on Remedies.

~ Betty Thomas ~

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Commercial Law Study Aids

Exams are coming, are you ready?

Here are some study tools to help you ace those Commercial Law Exams:

Check List Approach

Leibson’s book includes numerous outlines, bullet points, sample essay questions, and answers.

Outline Approach

Use this law summary to create your own outline to study for exams.

Nutshell Approach

Stone & Adams’ Uniform Commercial Code in a Nutshell

This book provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code.  It covers all the major topics of the code, including the process of selling, payment, negotiation, shipping, storage, financing sales, and leasing of goods.

Black Letter Law  &  Nutshell Approach

Nickles & Matthew’s Black Letter Law and Nutshell on Payments:

Both explain the fundamentals of negotiable instruments-promissory notes, drafts, checks, and certificates of deposit. These books provide an overview of Article 3’s requisites of negotiability and review contract liability, secondary liability conditions, and discharge liability including transfer, and negotiation. These books also discuss warranty, restitution, claims and defenses to instruments, holder in due course, and check collection process.

To find these study aids on Westlaw go to: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/

Sign-on at “West Study Aids Subscription” tab once you get into this area of Westlaw.  You can search the entire collection by Keyword or by subject area. Use these study aids as well as Examples & Explanations, Emanuel CrunchTime, Law in a Flash, Understanding Series, Casenote Legal Briefs Q & A Series, Concepts & Insight Series, Mastering Series, and Legalines published by other companies. Carpe diem.

~ Jane Fraytet ~

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Business Associations Study Aids

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Study aids aren’t just for 1Ls.  To CSL’s upper-level students, I would like to draw your attention to West’s Study Aids, which are free to use through your student account with Westlaw.

In order to access West’s Study Aids, you simply visit www.lawschool.westlaw.com and sign into your account.  The middle of the landing page provides a box titled “Legal Research & Tools,” and within that box, a link titled “West Study Aids Subscription.”  After you click on the Study Aids link, you will see a page with a “Subject” tab, which lists the numerous law school course subjects for which West has provided a collection of Study Aids, including outlines, case summaries, practice exams, checklists, and other useful study materials.  (Note: You may also access this page by clicking on the following link and then signing into your student account with Westlaw.  http://eproducts.westlaw.com/LearnMore/StudyAidsHome.aspx?navTabIndex=1)  Many of the materials allow you to access tools, such as highlighting and note-taking within the Study Aid itself.

Among the many subjects West has to offer is “Business Organizations,” which provides a collection of Study Aids that may be useful when you are enrolled in CSL’s Business Associations, a required course in the CSL curriculum.  After you click into the “Business Organizations” link, you will see 12 results.  The following list highlights just a handful of the B.A. study materials at your fingertips.

  1. Acing Business Associations.  This resource boasts clear and concise explanations of partnerships, agency, corporations, and other topics typically addressed in B.A. courses.  It utilizes a checklist format, synthesizes major concepts, and offers a systematic approach to problem solving B.A. issues frequently tested on law school exams.  Acing Business Associations was authored by Michael Chasalow and published in 2010.

 

  1. Business Associations in a Nutshell (Third Edition).*  As the name suggests, Business Associations in a Nutshell provides a succinct overview of key issues covered by most B.A. courses.  It highlights basic concepts and offers specific examples to help students understand the material.  This resource was authored by Joseph Shade and published in 2010.
  1. Black Letter Outline on Corporations (Fifth Edition).  The Black Letter book on Corporations outlines the basic legal principles and issues concerning corporations, which generally is a major component of B.A. law school courses.  This Outline was published in 2006 and produced by Robert Hamilton and Richard Booth, professors recognized as national authorities in their subject area.       
  1. High Court Case Summaries on Corporations (Eleventh Edition).  This resource provides case briefs to supplement a student’s reading and understanding of major cases in the subject area.   It includes useful tools, such as case vocabulary and entertaining visual representations to enhance memory and recall of particular cases.  These summaries are keyed to Hamilton’s casebook on Corporations and were published in 2011.
  1. The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell (Sixth Edition).*  This study aid is organized by the life cycle of a corporation, from formation through dissolution.  It is described as comprehensive, yet concise and conversational in tone through the use of explanations and hypotheticals.  The Law of Corporations in a Nutshell was authored by Robert Hamilton and Richard Freer and published in 2011.

* Please note the materials listed with an asterisk are also available to you in print at the CSL Library.

 

In addition to the B.A. materials, the West Study Aids Subscription includes resources that may be useful in supplementing your lecture notes and other materials for many of your upper-level courses, including Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Criminal Procedure, to name a few.  Consider utilizing these Study Aids not only at exam time, but all semester long to enhance your understanding of the material as you go along.  If you fully comprehend the readings and your professor’s lectures throughout the semester, life should become a little easier at exam time!

~ Shannon Fitzpatrick ~

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West Study Aids: Finding Tax Study Aids Online

The subject of taxes has been in the national spotlight because of the upcoming presidential election in November.  Taxes are a part of life, but whether you are from a red state or a blue state, part of the 47% or the 53%, belong to the 1% or the 99%, the Law Library is here to help.

If you are taking a class on tax or just interested in learning more about the subject, the Library now has access to a great resource called the West Study Aid Subscription.  To find all the wonderful materials all you have to do is log on to WestLaw and you will have online full, text access to many helpful study aids.  Tax is divided into several sub-topics such as corporate, estate & gift, income, international, partnership, practice & procedure, as well as state & local.

If you are currently taking a Federal Income Tax class the following study aids may be of interest to you:

If you need assistance finding more study aids on tax or any other subject, please come to the Library and let us know how we can help!

~ Brian Trippodo ~

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West Study Aids: Criminal Procedure

Good news – if you haven’t heard yet, West Study Aids have arrived at Charlotte School of Law Library!  That means that there are numerous supplements available for many of our required and popular classes here at CSL (including classes for 2Ls and 3Ls).  I took some time to see what all the talk was about and I was very impressed with the selection.

To locate the West Study Aids, simply log into WestLaw.  In the middle of the landing page, you will see a section called “Legal Research & Tools.”  Click on “West Study Aids Subscription,” then pick a subject area to access materials related to your class.

I recommend West Study Aids for several reasons.  Of course, the best quality is their convenience – you can access them from home.  So when midterm and final exams come around, you can easily locate the West Study Aid you need without worrying about due dates.  While some of the supplements are also available in the Academic Success collection at the library, students seeking another perspective or information specific to their textbook can often find what they need through the subscription.

Criminal procedure is a required class, so I am proud of the variety of supplements that West offers through this subscription.  Here are a few that I recommend:

Outlines: (provide an overview of the most important concepts covered in this course)

  • Gilbert Law Summaries: a brief outlines of the major topics; includes a chart that shows you how the outlines correlate with different textbooks
  • Saltzburg, Capra and Davis’ Black Letter Outline: includes a brief “Capsule Summary” and an outline that offers more information on specific topics
  • Acing Criminal Procedure: provides a “checklist” that summarizes major concepts that you need to know for exams

Nutshells: (provide a concise overview of the subject)

  •  Israel and LaFave’s Nutshell on Criminal Procedure – Constitutional Limitations
  • Cammack and Garland’s Advanced Criminal Procedure in a Nutshell

High Court Case Summaries: (contain summaries of major cases in Criminal Procedure, keyed to two of our current textbooks)

  •  High Court Case Summaries on Criminal Procedure, Keyed to Kamisar (12th and 13th editions): provides summaries of the cases highlighted in Kamisar’s Basic Criminal Procedure
  • High Court Case Summaries on Criminal Procedure, Keyed to Dressler (4th edition): provides summaries of the cases highlighted in Dressler’s Criminal Procedure

Sample Exam Questions

  • Cheh’s Exam Pro on Criminal Procedure: contains three sample exams with multiple choice questions to help you study for midterms and finals

~Kirsten Hallman~

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24/7 Access to Study Aids Has Arrived!

West Study Aids:

Looking for practice exams or review questions?  Need an outline or an in-depth explanation of something that has eluded you?  Need help before midterms or finals?

Check out what West Study Aids has for you!

It’s easy:

(1) Sign on to Westlaw at www.lawschool.westlaw.com.

(Visit the Library Reference Desk at Suttle or Gateway if you need a login id or assistance).

(2) Click on the “Study” box or “West Study Aids Subscription” located in the middle of the page.

(3) Get started!

☑Search by keyword

☑Browse by subject, material type, or study aid series

☑350+ titles in 11 series

☑Take notes and highlight as you would in a book

☑Print select pages or notes

There are types of study aids for everyone:

Case Briefs   •   Academic Success   •   Outlines

Overviews   •   Exam Preparation   •   Career Guides

West Study Aids Subscription includes the following series:

High Court Case Summaries  

   Gilbert Law Summaries

Black Letter Outlines

Nutshells

No waiting in line.  No stalking your classmates waiting for them to return the study aid you need.

Look for our upcoming series of blogs that will highlight study aids available for all of your required classes and many of your electives.

Any questions?  Contact any reference librarian!

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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