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.

 

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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!

More Exam Prep: 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

 

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:

  • 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, you will see a series of links under “Legal Research & Tools.” Click on the link to “West Study Aids Subscription” and you will be taken to a list of subject headings. Choose a subject area and then a title. You will click through a couple of windows including a “Subscriber Agreement” that you will need to accept. From there, you will have unlimited access to all of the study aids.

More details, including information about printing allotments and a list of available titles, are available here. Note that limited print copies of the most popular titles will remain available on reserve.

 

 

Hotmail Email Accounts Banned at CALI.org Website

If you have registered with CALI using a Hotmail email address you must change your CALI Account to list another email address from a different provider. Unfortunately, CALI has had significant problems with spam from Hotmail.  CALI has provided the following information for Hotmail users to modify their accounts:

(1) Send an email to webmaster@CALI.org with your name and a non-Hotmail email address that you wish to use with your CALI account. The switch over will have to be done manually so there will be some delay.
(2) Create a new account using a non-Hotmail email address. Please note if you choose this option, you will lose all access to previous lesson run information.  You will also need a GMU authorization code, available in the Reference Office

Survey Response: May Students Borrow Permanent Reserve Books for More Than Two Hours?

Books on permanent reserve may be renewed for longer than the initial two hours if no one else has requested to use them. Books on reserve are often in demand, especially during study periods before exams, and need to be available to all our students. The library has older editions of some of these books in the collection that can be signed out.

And, as we announced previously, starting in the fall semester, the library will be providing students with access to electronic study aids. The new West Study Aids subscription will include titles from eleven popular series including the Concise Hornbook Series, the Nutshell Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, as well as other Thomson Reuters study materials. Students will be able to access e-book versions of over 350 study aids, search within the texts, highlight, take notes, and print from them in limited quantities. Want to try this product sooner?  Activate a free 2-day trial here.