Students: Get Free Two-Day Trial of West Online Study Aids—Full Access Coming This Fall!

Starting in the Fall Semester, the library will provide students with access to electronic study aids.  Our new West Study Aids subscription will include titles from eleven popular series including:  Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Gilberts, Sum & Substance—and more!.

Just in time for exams, Westlaw is offering a free two-day trial.  Click here, and use your Westlaw One Pass to start the trial.

Exam Prep: Library Study Aids

Just a reminder that the law library has numerous study aids and other resources (many on reserve) that may be useful during exams. Some options include:

  • 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

CALI Adds “Resume” Feature

Here are the details from CALI:

  • The resume feature is automatic. If you leave a lesson by any means such as closing the browser or turning off the computer, you’ll be able to resume later…that is, unless you complete and finalize (more on that below).
    • There’s an Exit & Resume Later link in the upper right that has the same effect as above.
    • To resume a lesson in the same spot with the same score, login to and click “My Lesson Runs“ in the right hand menu.
    • When you get to the end of a lesson, you’ll be given the option to complete and finalize your lesson. If you take this option, you cannot resume that lesson. You can, of course, run the same lesson again from the beginning. There’s also a “Complete the Lesson” link in the table of contents if you’d like to finalize your score prior to hitting the final screen.

Exam Prep: CALI Lessons Can Help

Just a reminder that CALI lessons are a great tool to test yourself before an exam.  While not every topic is available, many are!

If you need the GMU student activation code, stop in the reference office or email Melanie at As you probably guessed, the CALI site is especially busy this time of year, so the site may be slower than usual. If you are unable to log on, wait a bit and try again. Or, stop in the reference office to pick up a CD of the lessons.

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!

Free E-book Versions of Rules of Evidence, Civ. Pro., Crim. Pro.

CALI and Cornell LII teamed up to make free, downloadable versions of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure available to students to use on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, or any device that supports .epub files. Here is a link to the downloads. If you want information about how to read .epubs on your mobile phone or desktop computer, you can read information here.

The Reference Office has small, free, print versions of the U.S. Constitution, Federal Rules of Evidence, and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, courtesy of Lexis and Westlaw. Stop by and help yourself to the rules you need.

Exploring CALI

As we distribute CALI DVDS and 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 especially for 1Ls, including:

Getting Ready for Exams

Just a reminder that the law library has numerous study aids and other resources (many on reserve) that may be useful during exams.  These include: 

  • Audio Study Aids  (A guide to available audio study aids is here)
  • Examples & Explanations Series
  • Nutshells
  • Popular Treatises
  • Questions & Answers Series
  • Undertanding Series

Good Luck!!