Easier Access to West Academic Study Aids

It’s that time of the semester– mid-terms are here, exams are around the corner. You might be looking for a little extra help with a couple of your classes. Don’t forget the West Academic study aid e-books. With titles like Civil Procedure in a Nutshell and Acing Constitutional Law, the West Academic study aids can be valuable tools to help you prepare for class and exams. And access to the entire West Academic study aids library is easier than ever– you can now go directly to the streamlined e-book platform or click on the link on the law library’s Databases page (either way, if you are off campus, you will be prompted to enter your UM NetID). Once you are on the platform, you can login and will have access to features like highlighting and notetaking. Unlike the print copies owned by the library, there is no limit to the number of students who can use the e-books simultaneously.

Here are some of the most popular series and titles available through the West Academic Study Aids platform.

Selected Series

Acing Series

The Acing Series are exam prep books designed to teach students how to analyze exam problems using a unique checklist approach. They contain numerous problems, with answers. Titles include Acing Civil Procedure, Acing Constitutional Law, and Acing Federal Income Tax. Most 1L and 2L courses are covered in this series.

Concise Hornbooks

The Concise Hornbooks are expert-written treatises designed to analyze for students the core concepts and fundamental issues of a subject. They provide comprehensive coverage of the most important issues of a subject. A Concise Hornbook is a good companion to your textbook when you need a bit of additional explanation. The 39 titles in the series include Business Organizations, Principles of Administrative Law, and Principles of Environmental Law. The series covers most required 1L and 2L courses and many elective courses.

Exam Pro

The Exam Pro series are exam prep books that provide insight into how to answer both essay and multiple choice questions. Each book contains comprehensive sample exams with detailed explanations of the answers. Some Exam Pro topics are divided into two books, e.g., Exam Pro on Evidence: Essay Questions and Exam Pro on Evidence: Objective. Other subjects covered include Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Property, and Federal Income Tax.


The 158 titles in the Nutshell series cover every law school subject. Nutshells provide concise coverage of all the important issues of law with easy to understand explanations and references to key cases and statutes.

Short and Happy Guides

Short and Happy Guides are designed to make even complex legal subjects accessible through the use of clear explanations, metaphors, acronyms, and imagery. In addition to titles covering most 1L subjects, the Short and Happy series also includes A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student, A Short and Happy Guide to Effective Client Interviewing, and A Short and Happy Guide to the MPRE.

Selected Academic Success & Career Success Titles

  • Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
  • Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer
  • How to Write Law Exams: IRAC Perfected
  • Mastering the Law School Exam
  • Law School Secrets: Outlining for Exam Success
  • 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School

Happy studying!


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