CALI Resources for Incoming 1Ls

Your orientation packet included a CALI registration code. 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 or review substantive legal topics, legal writing, legal research, and other useful subjects.

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

Give them a try! If you’ve lost your registration code, please see a Reference Librarian.

STUDY ON THE GO!

The law library offers two types of audio study aids: Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series & Sum & Substance Series.

We have more than 30 topics in this collection—which we’ve recently updated with the newest available editions. A complete list of titles is available here.

GMUSL students may borrow these CDs at the Circulation Desk for up to one week (with one renewal).

New Print Study Aids: ACING SERIES

By popular demand, we have purchased nine titles in the Acing Series: Business Associations, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Property, and Torts.

These books, and many other print study aids, are on Reserve at the Circulation Desk.

Prefer e-books?  Our West Study Aids subscription includes fifteen Acing Series titles.

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.

WestStudyAids

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