Neither horn books nor supplements are intended to replace case books, but many students find these resources useful for understanding the more complex issues discussed in class and presented in legal exams. The term “horn book” was originally used only in reference to a text that served as a study tool. The term was used for different types of learning aids in different fields before they took their current form as textbooks. The name came into use because it referred to a horn-covered side that was thin and transparent. The page has been fixed to the side in a frame with a handle so that the reader can hold it for reading without having to touch the horn. Below is a list of some horn books and study supplements that you might find useful in your studies. Most printed versions of these publications can be found in the reserved room of the D`Angelo Law Library, and previous editions of some titles may be available in magazines at the same issue. Many study supplements are available as e-books on West Academic Study AIDS, Aspen Learning Library, and Lexis Digital Library. A primer; A book that explains the basics, foundations or foundations of a science or branch of knowledge. The term Hornbuchgesetz is a term familiar with the rudiments or general legal principles.
These basic principles are sometimes called the law of the black letter or the law of hackneyed. Law students learn horn book law early in their academic careers. Knowledge of these principles is necessary for the analysis of legal cases which constitute a large part of their study load. In law, a hornbook is a textbook that gives an introduction to basic legal principles or the Hornbook Law. These books explain these basic legal principles in an easy-to-read narrative. They condense a particular area of law into a single volume, providing a history of the evolution of the law and an explanation of how it is applied by the courts today. The term is derived from the Hornbook, an early educational tool for children, implying that the material is basic.  A Hornbook law is a fundamental and established legal principle (see Schwarzbriefgesetz). Hornbooks are slightly less detailed than treatises and contain fewer references to other sources, resulting in smoother reading. However, they cite relevant cases so that law students can see how hornbook laws have been applied in real life. They are also good at explaining the intricacies of the law, because although they provide less detail than treaties, they offer a high level of detail.
In legal education in the United States, hornbooks are one-volume legal treatises written primarily for law students on topics typically covered by law courses.  Study supplements such as the Black Letter series and the Examples and Explanations series also attempt to explain the law much more simply than case books. However, study supplements are less scientifically written than horn books and tend to focus on basic topics without providing detailed analysis. A Hornbook Act is a fundamental legal principle that is so well established and widely accepted by the courts and the public that it does not need further explanation or clarification. Legal principles that are considered hornbook law have been examined so many times by case law in the past that they are now accepted without further explanation. Many of Hornbook`s principles are derived from the common law and are supported by hundreds of years of case history. As such, they are now completely unambiguous and undisputed. Hornbooks are one-volume treatises written primarily for law students on topics typically covered by law courses. Unlike casebooks, which are collections of cases (or excerpts from cases) selected to illustrate and stimulate discussion on legal issues, horn books attempt to summarize and explain the law in a particular area.
Although horn books are a great way to learn law from one subject to another, they are used more as a learning aid than as a reading of primary courses. Law students often use them in conjunction with reading the necessary jurisprudence, as horn books can help them understand the basic legal principles on which cases were built. In addition to the study supplements listed, law students also have access to interactive online lessons offered by the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Ask a law librarian for the Faculty of Law activation code. A familiar reference to a number of textbooks that examine various areas of law in summary and narrative form, as opposed to casebooks, which are designed as primary teaching tools and contain numerous reprints of judicial opinions. Hornbooks summarizes and explains the law in a specific area. They are different from casebooks, which are collections of cases (or parts of cases) selected to illustrate and stimulate discussion on legal issues.