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Study Aids @ Pence: Home

Using Study Aids

Study aids are available for most subjects. There is no doubt that you will seek a study aid to bolster your notes and outline from classes. Pence Law Library has a number of different study aid options that you might want to take advantage of. They range from print to online holdings and tutorials. This guide presents a number of study aid options for WCL students by subject. 


Types of Study Aids

Study aids help law students in their particular courses and can be invaluable for understanding and analyzing the law and law school course subjects. They can help with providing a broad overview of a topic or review of legal concepts and may contain questions or other materials to assist with law school exam preparation. The library provides many study aids and resources free of charge.  

Commercial Case Briefs These materials are generally used as a tool to supplement cases you are reading for class. Case briefs usually are case summaries that provide a synopsis of the facts, law and analysis and are usually keyed to a particular casebook. 

Casebriefs (BL)

Casenote Legal Briefs (WK)

High Court Case Summaries (WL)

Legalines (WL)

Commercial Outlines Commercial Outlines contain black letter law ad legal rules. Some may contain practice questions

Black Letter series (WL)

Gilbert Law Summaries (WL)

Hornbooks & Treatises These materials are generally more detailed than outlines or case briefs, explain legal concepts and give a synopsis of the law of a particular subject. 

Concepts and Insights (WL)

Concise Hornbooks (WL)

Hornbooks (WL)

Nutshells (WL)

Problem-based Study Aids These items are generally subject specific. They contain multiple choice or essay questions with explanations. Some are hypothetical based. 

Acing Series (WL)

Black Letter Outlines (WL) 

Emmanuel’s Crunchtime (WK)

Examples and Explanations (WK)

Exam Pro Series (WL)

Glannon Guides (WK)

Free BarBri Outlines from LexisNexis

Sample Essays & Answers

Audio Options


WCL students have free access to the Quimbee platform. Use the link below to sign up and access Quimbee content.

SBA Outline Bank

The SBA Outline Bank has various student outlines for various courses taught at the Law School are made available by the Washington College of Law Student Bar Association (SBA) in an online outline bank on the SBA's Website. Please note that you must be on campus to access the outline bank. 

CALI Lessons


CALI has a library of over 1,000 interactive legal tutorials written by law professors and geared towards law students.

Register for an account using your AU email @
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Print Study Aids



  • The library has a number of print study aids that can help you with your exam preparation
  • They are generally located in the 1st floor Reserve Collection
  • Consult the Frequently Requested Topics & Call Numbers resource at the Reference desk to find items related to your course

WCL Past Exams

The WCL Exam Database can be accessed from the Library Services page of the Pence Law Library website. 

The exams database contains all of the examinations placed on reserve with the Pence Law Library by professors since 1990. If there are sample answers on reserve, these answers will be linked to the appropriate examination. A few exams will require a password for access; most will not.

NOTE: Professors are not required to put their exams into the database. There may or may not be an old exam for your professor. You can ask your professor to request to add their exam to the database. 

My Casebook Quizzes from West Academic

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Series

West Academic Study Aids Subscription

West Academic Study Aids package. This package provides online access to many of the study supplements, including West’s Concise Hornbook Series, the Law Stories Series, and all of the Nutshells. To access the study supplements, you will need to go to and click the link for “Study Aids Subscription.” The first time you log in, you will need to create an account with West Academic so that you can use the resource offsite.

  • An online subscription-based service that provides electronic access to over 350 study aids from West, Foundation, and Gilberts.
  • Unlimited access to ALL available study aids.
  • Ability to take notes, highlight and “mark up” your study aids.
  • Ability to create a list of “favorite” study aids for easy access.

CaseBriefs (Sponsored by BloombergLaw)

Casebriefs is free through Bloomberg Law. Visit Casebriefs and register for a free account using your AU email address.

Casebriefs features Case Briefs keyed to various casebooks, outlines, exam prep questions and videos to supplement your studying.

All products are available online. Visit: to register