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Moritz College of Law

Law Library

Law Library Orientation: Course Reserves and Study Aids

Course Reserves and Study Aids

Tackle coursework and exam prep with these print and digital resources

Course Reserves


As part of the College’s commitment to minimizing students’ debt load, the law library maintains a collection of assigned textbooks for student use. These books are kept within the Reserve Room, which has natural light, comfortable seating, and a library scanner, which students can use to scan and email themselves a PDF of their readings.

To ensure these books are available for all students to use, textbooks cannot be checked out or taken out of the Reserve Room.

Citation Manuals

Visit the Circulation Desk to borrow a copy of The Bluebook or the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation. Due to high demand, citation manuals are leant for two hours.

Practice Exams

Many professors provide previously administered exams to use as practice. Some upload their practice exams to Carmen or Microsoft OneDrive; others print out physical copies, which you can check out from the Circulation Desk. Ask your professor which method they use.

Study Aids

Physical Study Aid Collection

The law library maintains physical copies of the most popular study aid series and subjects. The study aid collection is kept in the Reserve Room. Students can use these materials within the Reserve Room or check them out for a one-day loan.

Aspen Learning Library

A library of more than 200 titles plus video and audio lectures, covering 30 topics. Series include: Aspen Treatises, Emanuel Crunchtime, Emanuel Law Outlines, Examples and Explanations, Friedman’s Practice Series, Inside, In Other Words (Audio), and Jumpstart.

Access the Aspen Learning Library on or off campus at Create an account using your Ohio State email address to personalize your experience.

For more information, see:

CALI Lessons

A library of over 1,000 interactive lessons created by law professors partnering with CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. Lesons cover subjects taught during 1L year and in common upper level courses.

To register, click the “Register” button at and use the authorization code found on this guide's Account Registration page (password protected).

For more information, see:

Emanuel Law in a Flash

Emanuel Law in a Flash, powered by, is a digital tool for quizzing yourself and reviewing important definitions, hypotheticals, and black letter law. Available anywhere you have internet access, the Emanuel Law in a Flash flashcard set includes thousands of cards covering Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Corporations, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Environmental Law, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Professional Responsibility, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, and Wills, Trusts, and Estates.

To register, follow these steps:

  1. Scroll all the way down and click on “Subscribed School Membership”
  2. Enter your information. Be sure to use your Ohio State email address
  3. Once you are signed in, click on "Premium Decks" and then "Study" (next to "Everything Bundle")

LexisNexis Digital Library

A digital library of over 200 titles covering nearly 50 practice areas. Series include: Mastering, Questions and Answers, Skills and Values, and Understanding.

Access the LexisNexis Digital Library by visiting and signing in with your Ohio State username and password.

For more information, visit:

West Academic Study Aids Collection

A collection of more than 500 titles, covering virtually every law school course. Series include: Acing, Black Letter Outlines, Concepts and Insights, Concise Hornbooks, Exam Pro, Gilbert Law Summaries, Law School Legends (Audio), Nutshells, Office Hours (Audio), Short and Happy Guides, Sum and Substance (Audio), and Sum and Substance Quick Review.

Access West Academic on campus at Create an account using your Ohio State email address for off campus access.

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