GETTING READY FOR EXAMS: STUDY AIDS

The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve at the circulation desk that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go: Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs. (Available titles are listed here)

Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.

WHAT IS CALI ???

As we distribute CALI access codes to first years, a logical question has come up: What is CALI?

CALI stands for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  It is a nonprofit consortium, established in 1982, that now includes most U.S. law schools and many other entities that are interested in legal education.

For law students, CALI is primarily a source for hundreds of concise lessons written by faculty and librarians. These online tutorials serve to introduce and/or review substantive legal topics, legal writing, legal research, and other useful subjects.

There are several introductory CALI Lessons created especially for 1Ls, including:

Exam Prep: Print Study Aids Available in the Law Library

The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks, Understanding Series, and Concepts and Insights Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series, and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

The most recent edition of these titles is available at the Circulation Desk.

Getting Ready for Exams: West Study Aids

A reminder that the Law Library is pleased to offer Mason law students access to West Study Aids. This subscription provides PDFs of over 350 titles, including:

  • Hornbooks
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Concise Hornbook Series
  • Exam Pro Series
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Nutshell Series
  • Sum & Substance Quick Reviews

Students may access these materials through their Westlaw account. When you sign-in to Westlaw, click on “My eProducts” on the top toolbar.

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Study Aids Available in the Law Library

The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

 

Survey Response: Study Aids

Students commented on the availability and currency of our study aids. Here’s what we have available:

Digital Study Aids:

Once again we are offering all students free access to West Academic Study Aids. There are more than 470 titles here including Nutshell Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Concise Hornbook Series.  New this year: our subscription now includes 40 titles from the West Hornbook Series!

Print Study Aids:

  • Examples and Explanations
  • Questions and Answers
  • Concise Hornbooks
  • Nutshells

We have the majority of available titles in each of these series. At least one copy of the current edition is kept on reserve and additional copies, including earlier editions, are available in the stacks. In response to student demand, we have purchased duplicate copies of many of the most popular titles.

Audio Aids

  • Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series
  • Sum & Substance CDs

We have the most current editions of the majority of these CDs.  Unfortunately, these collections are rarely updated by the publishers. All these items are kept on reserve.

 

CALI Lessons Are Available For More Than 30 Legal Subjects!

Students:  Don’t forget you you have access to over 900 interactive and computer-based legal tutorials from CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  Why try these?

  • Cali Lessons are written by law professors.
  • Cali Lessons can be a great way to master course material during the semester and study for exams.
  • They are FREE!

When you register for the first time at cali.org, use our school’s authorization code to create your user account. Don’t have our code? Stop by the law library reference office.

 

CALI

Study Aids

The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.

Ready, Set, Write: Preparing for Your First Law School Exams

No doubt, preparing for law school exams, especially your first set of these assessments, is a challenging experience.  But many law students have survived this process not much worse for wear, so don’t panic!

As noted here previously, the law library has a variety of study aids available.  Here is a sample of some of the other potentially useful resources providing suggestions for exam preparation and writing:

Best of Luck!