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2015年4月16日 (木)

Guidance: Helpful references for your LL.M. preparation

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Preparing for your LL.M. study in the U.S. requires time and effort. With everything that has to be done prior to your move to the U.S. (such as securing housing, moving your stuff, getting a mobile phone, opening a bank account, securing your health insurance, etc.), it is easy to overlook your preparation for the actual coursework involved in the LL.M. program.

Going about the task of studying in advance for your LL.M., however, can be stressful if you have no idea where to start and which sources could help you the most. With limited time on your hands and a wealth of information out there, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Here is a short list of resources to help you get started:

1. Your law school’s online system

Your first and one of your most important resources is your own law school’s online system where you can access information on law journals, school journals, and even outlines made on certain courses offered in their program. One example is the UC Berkeley online system which offers sample outlines for students to review.

2. Commercial Study Aids

There are numerous commercial publications out there that provide briefs or outlines of cases contained in casebooks used in the classroom. These are especially helpful when you have limited time to prepare for exams. The following are just some examples:

  • Concise Hornbook Series (West)

In the Concise Hornbook Series, legal concepts are discussed briefly and concisely to provide a clear profile of the said area.

  • Emmanuel Law Outlines Series (Aspen Publishers)

This series includes detailed and itemized discussions of various legal concepts in a wide range of topics.

  • Examples & Explanations Series (Aspen Publishers)

This series contains several practice exercises and relevant explanations helpful for students who want to assess their proficiency in various areas of the law. Most J.D. students use this series complemented by either the Gilbert or Emmanuel series.

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  • Gilbert Law Summaries Series (Gilberts)

Similar to the Emmanuel Law Outlines Series, this also contains detailed discussions of various legal concepts.

  • Understanding Series (LexisNexis)

Similar to the Nutshell Series, the Understanding Series also provides an outline of the pertinent elements and concepts involved in a range of subject areas. The series, however, makes use of more case laws as samples which serves as good further reading to build on your knowledge of the common law.

  • Nutshell Series (West)

The Nutshell Series touches on the important points involved in each of the law subject areas. The book discusses legal concepts in a brief and concrete manner while explaining jargon. This book is a good introductory book for the study of the U.S. legal system.

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Audio Resources

There are also a number of audio resources in CD and MP3 Format that contain lectures covering a wide range of key legal topics.  

  • Bieler Audio Series
  • Casenote Legal Briefs (Aspen Publishing)
  • Sum & Substance Audio CD (West)

3. Online sources

Lexis Nexis and Westlaw are two essential online legal research tools that offer outlines and capsule summaries helpful for studying for classes and exams. These sites also provide various resources about surviving law school and to help you research about law firms.

C-Span’s US Supreme Court Case Law is an interactive timeline featuring facts, photos, interviews with experts, and other videos about significant events in the Supreme Court's history, dating from its first meeting in New   York in 1790 up to the present.

Websites like JD Supra and Law.com offer wide range of legal news and commentary on various areas of law. The American Bar Association has a comprehensive listing of law-related blogs, also known as blawgs.

Finally, law students often access websites such as Outline Depot where they can view outlines made by other law students.


We hope you found this list helpful. Indeed, there is no shortage of resources for those really want to learn about the law!