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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started

How can I find Study Aids in the Library?

  • Use the Table of Contents on the left to select an area of law.
  • Many of the materials listed in this guide are on Reserve (located at the Circulation Desk) and CANNOT be checked out.

How long can I use a Reserve item?

  • Reserve items may be used for up to two (2) hours.
  • Reserve items must be used in the Library only.
  • Fines accrue for all overdue material. Fines build at the following rates:
    • Reserve and Course Reserve Materials: $1.00 per hour for the first ten hours; $1.50 per hour thereafter. Maximum: $25.00 per item.

Where can I find a copy/print/scan machine?

  • Multifunction copy/print/scan machines are available on the 5th floor at 5-38 and on the 6th floor in the printing alcove across from Room 6-16. See Library Maps for details.
    • Fordham Law students may use their Fordham ID to pay for copying using their printing allowance.
  • All others must purchase a guest copy card from a Cash-to-Card vending machine in the printing alcove on the 5th floor near the Circulation Desk.
    • The copy card is $0.50, and copies are $0.10 per copy.

Types of Study Aids

Popular Series

  • Examples & Explanations Series (Aspen):
    • Offer hypothetical questions in the subject area, with detailed explanations and analysis.
    • Help you understand your class lectures and your casebook.
  • Nutshells (West):
    • Provide a concise narrative explanation of the major doctrines in each substantive area of law.
    • Offer a good introduction to key concepts and legal terminology and jargon.
  • Understanding Series (LexisNexis):
    • Concisely explain the basic contours of a particular area of law.
    • Tend to be more extensive than the Nutshells, including references to more cases.
  • Mastering Series (CAP):
    • Provide an overview of various areas of the law, with key concepts and terms emphasized.
    • Designed to help students gain a better understanding of the material covered in law school courses.


  • Explanatory texts that address the major questions in the areas of law that are taught in law school.
  • Often provide answers and explanations to some of the conundrums presented by your casebooks.
  • Not suitable for cover to cover reading. Use the table of contents, index, or table of cases to focus on your particular questions.

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