This Library Guide is designed to introduce first year law students a few research resources/books to help with their first year classes. Each of the Tabs above include links to research resources for a specific First Year class:
Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts, and Property Law
Using any of these may help to clarify or explain some of the legal issues being discussed in your class.
♦ A hornbook is a text that gives an overview of a particular area of law. A legal hornbook is a type of treatise, usually one volume, which could be a briefer version of a longer, multi-volume treatise. Students in American law schools often use hornbooks as supplements to casebooks.
♦♦Legal treatises are publications that present a highly organized, detailed explanation of a specific area of law (sample topics include contracts, torts, criminal law and property). Treatises are published as single-volume or multi-volume sets. Most treatises are updated by the use of supplements or pocket parts.
♦♦♦Restatements organize and "codify" the common law of the United States. The Restatements are a series of detailed statements of basic law in the United States covering a variety of subjects written and updated by well-known legal scholars under the auspices of the American Law Institute (ALI)since the 1930s. While not having the force of statutes or of decided precedents, the Restatement (as lawyers generally call it) has the prestige of the scholars who have studied the legal questions. Topics covered include agency, contracts, property, torts and trusts.
Using any of these may help to clarify or explain some of the basic legal issues being discussed in your class.
Your professors, the reference librarians, or your classmates may have additional suggestions for supplementary or explanatory reading.