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JD Books & Resources for JFK School of Law

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

Required Textbooks

This class uses a 1 West Academic casebook (Torts & Compensation), 1 book linked out on Redshelf (Understanding Torts), and one Audio Lecture (Sum & Substance on West Academic Study Aids)


1. Torts & Compensation, 8th Edition (2017) by Dobbs, D., Hayden, P., & Bublick, E.

First time using this textbook, you will go directly to, locate the book under "Materials Provided by my School," agree to the Terms of Service, then you can view the E-Book. 

2. Understanding Torts, 6th Edition (2018) by Diamond, J., Levine, L., & Bernstein

Where to Access: Integrated into course under “Course Information” > “Course content” - This will direct you to the Ebook on Redshelf

3. Sum and Substance Audio on Torts - On your West Academic Study Aid portal:

What is Torts?

Tort law covers that area of civil law that provides legal remedies for personal injuries and property damage caused by others. Tort law seeks to determine who should bear the loss of such harms. Although seeking compensation for injury or loss is central to tort actions, beneath the demand for money is often a desire for acknowledgement of responsibility, validation or vindication. Further, tort cases often involve struggles between profits and safety. Did the pursuit of profits or convenience hamper efforts to implement safe practices? Too often, tort cases turn injury and loss into commodified products marketed in the legal system. What is fair compensation for particular injuries and harms? Tort law says a lot about how society treats each other, how we expect to be treated, who recovers, and who does not. It does not treat all of us the same.

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. Acing Tort Law

2. A Short & Happy Guide to Torts

3. Gilbert Law Summary on Torts

4.  Torts in a Nutshell 

5. Black Letter Outline on Torts 

6. The Forms and Functions of Tort Law

7. Principles of Tort Law 

8. Flash Cards for Torts  

9. Hornbook on Torts  

10. Office Hours on Torts