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CSL Library Academic Success Collection Guide

The CSL Library’s Academic Success Collection is located behind the circulation desk on the 5th floor.

This collection includes resources like hornbooks, practice exams, flashcards, audio CDs, and law school success books. Students may browse available titles by subject using the online library catalog, or they can discuss with an Academic Success Counselor which resources might be best suited to their purpose.

The Academic Success Collection contains high-use materials of interest to a large number of students, covering a wide variety of subjects, which is why the materials are on reserve and have limited loan periods. The Academic Success resources are available for a 3 day checkout. Some of the Academic Success resources listed below are also available as a reserve item. Reserve items are limited to a 3 hour checkout.

The following is a general description of the types of Academic Success resources available for each of the 1L classes and for many of the upper level courses:

  • Black Letter Outlines – These outlines summarize the basic black letter rules of each topic in a way that allows students to appreciate how different parts of their course material fit together.
  • Concise Hornbook Series – Discusses specific problems and illustrations, focusing on topics covered in a typical course on civil procedure, tied to no particular casebook.
  • Crunch Time Series – Crunch Times include a summary of about 100 pages, summarizing all the key concepts in easy-to-read outline form, Exam Tips, drawn from analysis of exactly what has been asked on hundreds of past essay and short-answer law exams, Flow Charts short-answer and multiple-choice questions , and complex issue-spotting essay questions. 
  • Emanuel Law Outlines – Emanuel Law Outlines support your class preparation, provide reference for your outline creation, and supply a comprehensive breakdown of topic matter for your entire study process. Also included are exam questions with model answers, an alpha-list of cases, and a cross reference table of cases for all of the leading casebooks.
  • Examples & Explanations – Examples and Explanations are written in clear text and contain many concrete examples as well as questions and answers with detailed explanations for help in reviewing concepts.  Certain legal concepts are explained with the aid of charts and graphics, and sample examination questions are provided with their model answers.
  • Hornbooks – Hornbooks cover a single legal subject and are written expressly for law students by law professors.  These condensed one-volume overviews are written in clear, accessible language.  They contain discussion of courts’ interpretation of the law, explanations of the application of the law today, and may contain hypothetical questions and model answers.  
  • Nutshells – Nutshells are small, paperback texts that present concise overviews of areas of law. Nutshells are considered the most basic secondary source on a legal topic.
  • Q&A Series – These LexisNexis study guide series feature hundreds of multiple-choice and short-answer questions arranged topically, plus an additional sets of questions comprising a final “practice exam.”  For each multiple-choice question, authors provide a detailed answer that indicates which of four options is the best answer and explains thoroughly why that option is better than the other three options. 
  • Siegel’s Series – The Siegel’s Series works through key topics in Q&A format, providing an additional source for self-quizzing. Titles in this exam-prep series contain essay questions with model answers, as well as multiple-choice questions and answers. 
  • Understanding Series – The Understanding the Law series of hornbooks covers the central concepts and issues students encounter in the basic 1L law course, as well as the leading cases.  Topics that typically cause the most confusion are covered in-depth.

Additional Material Types Available from the Library

  • Bar Prep Materials – In the final Stretch? Check out the Bar Prep Materials your library has to offer.
  • Audio CDs – Designed for Audio Learners, or students with long commutes, these convenient audio CD’s present legal topics in a clear, succinct, timesaving format.
  • Flash Cards – For reviewing legal topics point-by-point, Law in a Flash Card Sets contain hundreds of short questions and provide precise answers on the flip side.

~Aaron Greene~

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What ARE Your Favorite Study Aids?

During National Library Week, the library conducted a survey polling our current students about their favorite study aids.

The results have been tallied and sifted through, and we are proud to present the official word on Charlotte Law student’s preferred study aid materials!

Our top five study aids are:

  1. Examples and Explanations – 28.57%
  2. Emanuel Law Outlines – 12.78%
  3. Flash Cards – 12.03%
  4. Black Letter Outlines – 11.28%
  5. Glannon Guides – 10.53%

Here’s the full breakdown:

Want to know why people prefer one type of study aid to another?  We’ve got a graph for that too!


Here’s some of what our students had to say:

“I use The Black Letter Outlines for supplement reading because they provide a solid overview of the specific material and key terms that I should be pulling out of the cases I am assigned.”

“This study aid speaks in regular language. It breaks down concepts to make them very simple to understand (Emanuels).”

“I am an audio learner. It allows me to think visually while I listen to the subject I’m studying (Audio CDs).”

“I’m not one to use study aids, but I like the Examples & Explanations because they’ve been consistently recommended by professors and because they give an opportunity to test your knowledge rather than just rephrasing.”

“I find that most professors suggest this series as a supplement to their teaching. Additionally, I have found that the explanations are very clear and helpful to explain complex theories (Examples & Explanations).”

“The Understanding Series breaks down the subject material in terms in which you will understand it better.”

Want to take a closer look at our study aids collection?  Check out our Academic Success LibGuide, and as always, don’t hesitate to contact the library with additional question or feedback!

~Ashley Moye & Erica Tyler~

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Tell Us What Your Favorite Study Aid Is!


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What Study Aids Are Available in the Library?

Wondering how to determine what study aids are available in the library?  Consult this amazing walk-through, created by our Circulation Assistant, Erica Tyler, to learn more about accessing the catalog from the Charlotte Law website, using availability and format to limit your results, determining the location and status of the materials you’re looking for, and even identifying older versions of study aids that allow you longer check-out times.

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Upper Level Study Aids? We’ve Got You Covered!

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You asked and we listened!

We have new upper level study aids available for check-out in the library. These are some of the new arrivals that can be borrowed for 3 days or 3 hours.

Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law: Examples & Explanations (2012)

Business Associations

  • Business Associations: Questions & Answers (2011)

Civil Procedure

  • Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure (2013)
  • Understanding: Conflict of Laws (2013)

Commercial Law

  • Secured Transactions: Examples & Explanations (2011)
  • Payment Systems: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Secured Transaction (2011)

Contracts

  • Contracts: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Constitutional Law

  • Constitutional Law National Power and Federalism: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Constitutional Law Individual Rights: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: The First Amendment (2010)
  • Questions & Answers: Constitutional Law (2007)

Corporations

  • Corporations: Examples & Explanations (2012)

Criminal Law

  • Criminal Law: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Criminal Procedure

  • Criminal Procedure II From Bail to Jail: Examples & Explanations (2012)
  • Criminal Procedure: Emmanuel (2012)

Evidence

  • Questions & Answers: Evidence (2013)

Family Law

  • Family Law: Examples & Explanations (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Family Law (2011)

Professional Responsibility

  • Professional Responsibility: Emmanuel (2013)
  • Questions & Answers: Professional Responsibility (2012)
  • Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations (2011)

Real Estate Finance & Land Use

  • Real Estate Transaction: Examples & Explanations (2011)
  • Real Estate: Emmanuel (2010)

Remedies

  • Remedies: Examples & Explanations (2013)

Taxation

  • Agency & Partnerships, and LLCs (2012)

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Examples & Explanations (2012)
  • Questions & Answers: Wills, Trusts, and Estates (2008)

To view all of our study aids and their current check-out status, refer to our Academic Success LibGuide!

~Erica Tyler~

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Awesome Spectacular Library Textbook Giveaway Extravaganza: Part Deux

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Hey Charlotte School of Law Students!!

Join us this Friday at 2:00 pm in the Library for Week 2 of our Awesome Spectacular Library Textbook Giveaway Extravaganza!!

Simply come to the Library on Friday at 2pm to enter your name. The drawing will take place shortly thereafter.

This week you could win one of the following:

  • Health Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems (6th edition) – Furrow THOMSON/WEST
  • The First Amendment: Cases, Problems, and Materials (3rd edition) – Weaver LEXIS NEXIS
  • International Law: Selected Documents (2011-2012 edition) – Carter

WOLTERS KLUWER

  • Calamari and Perrillo on Contracts (6th edition) – Perrillo, WEST
  • Business Associations: Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations (8th edition) – Klein, FOUNDATION PRESS
  • Prosser and Keeton on Torts (5th edition)- Dobbs, WEST GROUP
  • Uniform Commercial Code (5th edition)- White, WEST GROUP
  • Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials (10th edition)- Friedenthal, WEST
  • Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach (2nd edition)- Maggs, WEST
  • Civil Procedure (7th edition)- Yeazell, ASPEN

Stop by to view our poster board in the library to see what you could win next week!

See you September 6th at 2pm. Good Luck, and welcome back!

~Erica Tyler~

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Awesome Spectacular Textbook Giveaway Extravaganza!

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Hey Charlotte School of Law Students!!

Welcome back for your Fall 2013 semester. The Law Library will be kicking off the new semester and new location with a textbook/ study aid giveaway. Starting Friday August 30th you can enter your name into our Awesome Spectacular Library Textbook Giveaway Extravaganza.

Simply come to the Library on Friday at 2pm to enter your name. The drawing will take place shortly thereafter.

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 This week you could win one of the following:

  • Constitutional Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems-Weaver (3rd edition) ASPEN
  • Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials- Varat (Concise 13th Edition) FOUNDATION PRESS
  • Studies in American Tort Law- Johnson (4th Edition) CAROLINA ACADEMIC PRESS
  • Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies- Chemerinsky (4th Edition) ASPEN

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 Stop by to view our poster board in the library to see what you could win next week!

See you August 30th at 2pm. Good luck, and welcome back!

~Erica Tyler~

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