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Books & Resources for JD Program

This guide contains required and recommended materials and resources for each course in the JD program of the JFK School of Law

Required Textbooks

2 Textbooks, both located in your NU course under Course Resources

1. Wills, Trusts & Estates 10th Edition Authors: Sitkoff/Dukeminier Casebook Connect – access through course by going to “Content > Course Information > Course Resources”

2. A California Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts and Estates 2020-2021 Edition Author: French Casebook Connect – access through course by going to “Content > Course Information > Course Resources” 

What is Wills & Trusts?

The legal process by which property is passed from a person who has died to his or her heirs is called "probate" and the usual method for determining who shall inherit the various assets entails the Court enforcing the instructions in a written document designating heirs called a "will".

Recently, in an effort to avoid some of the costs of probate, it has become popular to create a legal document called a "trust" in which instructions for distributions after death are contained and which, if properly prepared, transfers assets after one's death without court involvement (and formal probate) but which achieves intended post death distribution as effectively as a will.

Recommended Resources

Each of the following recommendations are available on your West Study Aids Subscription. Click on each to be redirected to the resource on West Study Aids. 

1. Exam Pro on Wills, Trusts, and Estates

2. Principles of Wills, Trusts and Estates

3. Wills & Trusts in a Nutshell

4. Sum and Substance Audio on Wills and Trusts

5. Trusts and Estates