Resources to Grow Your Practice

West Academic offers the legal resources you need to expand your knowledge and grow into new practice areas.

The Nutshell Series

Over 160 Concise, Reliable Practice Area Overviews

The Nutshell Series® is the most complete line of legal overviews available. Our Nutshells cover everything from new, developing legal topics such as the Internet, climate change, bioethics, gaming, and international human rights, to more traditional topics like the basics of damages, remedies, property, and more.

The Nutshell Series is an excellent reference for everyone in your office:

  • Expand your practice into a related field of law
  • Introduce your practice to a new field
  • Get a quick refresher on a subject you studied or practiced long ago
  • Help new associates, summer associates, paralegals, or anyone on your legal team get educated in unfamiliar areas of the law.

See what’s available in the Nutshell Series

Reference Essentials

Key Tools for the Well-Informed Lawyer

The Hornbook Series

In-Depth Insights Into the Law

Our authoritative reference and writing resources help you communicate flawlessly and effectively. These tools are designed to help you:

  • Eliminate uncertainty about correct writing style
  • Improve your research results and efficiency
  • Comply with a court’s or publication’s standards

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The Hornbooks Series® delivers information you can trust at every point of your legal career. Hornbooks explain the law in great depth and offer insights into a law's historical development, as well as its contemporary issues and future development. By citing landmark cases, statutes and articles, they make excellent reference guides and are a great starting point for legal research.

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Where to Buy

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