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Wills, Trusts & Estates: Casebooks & Study Aids

An introductory guide to Wills, Trusts and Estates law by Grace Wagner created for Brooklyn Law School students. Under development.

Introduction: Finding Casebooks & Study Aids

This guide is meant to be both a guide to introductory resources for estate planning and a potential reference for more sophisticated planning.  It is not intended to be exhaustive.  Sources are categorized by type and are listed "newest to oldest."   Current editions of print casebooks adopted by BLS faculty and many print study aids are in BLS Library's first-floor Reserve collection.  Students can request these sources at BLS Library's first-floor Circulation desk.  These sources circulate for two hours.  Many sources in BLS Library's Cellar-level Main collection circulate for the semester.  


Legal Encyclopedias

Westlaw: Corpus Juris Secundum Entries:

Lexis: American Jurisprudence 2d Entries:


Hornbooks are primers for study. The term "hornbook" originated in England.  In the U.S., a legal hornbook is a text that provides an overview of an area of law.  A legal hornbook is a type of treatise. It might be a shorter (often single-volume) version of a multi-volume treatise. Students in U.S. law schools often use a hornbook as a supplement to a casebook.


Some BLS professors assign or recommend CALI exercises to reinforce material covered in classes.   Cali lessons can be browsed by subject. One can also identify CALI lessons through BLS Library's SARA catalog.  BLS first year students receive a CALI authorization code during 1L orientation.  There is also a code at the circulation desk or feel free to contact or to text (718) 734 2432 to obtain this code. 

Understanding Series

According to the source description, this volume in the Understanding series includes "examples, charts, cross-references among similar concepts and frameworks for analyzing problem areas" to help students deepen their understanding of trusts and estates.  "Examples throughout the book demonstrate how trusts and estates doctrines affect real people."

Examples & Explanations Series

This volume of Examples & Explanations includes hypothetical questions and in-depth explanations to help students test their knowledge/analysis of  topics.

Emanuel Law Outlines Series

This Emanuel Law Outline provides both brief and detailed explanations of key issues, topics and law.  Chapters include a "Quiz Yourself" feature (short answer questions & sample answers) + Exam Tips. At the end of the outline, there are 3 Essay Exam Questions/Answers.

Nutshell Series

Nutshells are short works that provide simple overviews of legal topics.  Do not cite a Nutshell in a legal document.

Gilbert Law Summaries Series

This volume of Gilbert Law Summaries includes 100 multiple choice review questions/answers and practice exam essay questions/answers for students.