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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: 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: 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)


  • 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: Examples & Explanations (2013)


  • 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


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


  • 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!


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.


 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


 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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Meet CALI: Interactive Legal Tutorials, Free eBooks and More

CALI, short for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, has been providing online interactive lessons and tutorials on a variety of legal subjects since 1983.

Frustrated by the rule against perpetuities?  Need to brush up on the formation of a contract?  One terrific tool for doing this is CALI–a database of interactive review questions that help you identify relevant issues and apply recently learned concepts.  All you need for access is your Charlotte School of Law Authorization Code given to you during your orientation.


Need your Charlotte School of Law code? Contact the library!

Did you know that there are almost 1,000 CALI Lessons freely available to you as a student at the Charlotte School of Law?

Today’s CALI Lessons are web-based tutorials covering a variety of legal topics. Currently there are over 950 Lessons in over 35 law school topics in the CALI Lesson Library.

You also have access to a growing collection of free ebooks in many formats, such as Kindle, iPad and PDF through their eLangdell project.

CALI’s eLangdell® Press offers free legal casebooks, supplements, and chapters. eLangdell content has a nonrestrictive license that allows for free digital and e-book downloads, cheap printing, and easy editing.

And now there’s a digital version of their TimeTrial game where students can play and save their scores IF they have registered and logged in to the CALI website with their law school’s Authorization Code.


CALI Time Trial is a card game that challenges your knowledge of legal history. Draw a card and fit it into the time line based on the information on the card. Sound easy? How much do you know about NLRB vs. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp.?

If you’d like to learn more about CALI, you can read more at CALI’s website – or you can visit the Reference Desk in the library for more information.

Don’t worry if you can’t find your CALI password. Come by the Reference Desk – we have plenty more!

~Ashley Moye~

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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


  • 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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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


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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