Where Innovation Meets Tradition in Legal Education

Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, West Academic is the leading publisher in the U.S. of casebooks, treatises, study guides, and other legal materials in both print and digital media formats. Founded on the principle of making legal information more accessible, and rooted in a long history of legal expertise and innovation, we’ve been a leader in legal education publishing for more than 100 years.

Our content is published under three brands:

  • West Academic Publishing
  • Foundation Press®
  • Gilbert®
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Each imprint publishes materials authored by renowned legal scholars and award-winning law teachers. Our product lines range from materials designed specifically for law school courses to topical overviews that make complex legal concepts easy for anyone to understand. With a comprehensive catalog covering a wide range of legal topics, West Academic has the most trusted materials for all kinds of legal learners.

Our History


West Publishing launches the American Casebook Series® under the West imprint


West Publishing acquires Foundation Press


West Publishing acquired by Thomson Corporation


Gilbert Law Summaries acquired by Thomson Corporation


West Academic began operating as a stand-alone business with three imprints: West Academic Publishing, Foundation Press, and Gilbert.