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Study Aids & Resources

The library has a number of study aids available on reserve to help students prepare for exams, including hornbooks, West's Nutshell series, Aspen's Examples & Explanations series, and LexisNexis's Questions & Answers series. Study aids are written in a more straightforward manner than case books and can be used to obtain a solid overview of legal topics and to review concepts learned in your first-year classes.

You can view a list of selected resources by clicking on one of the links below for information on a specific legal subject.

  • Civil Procedure
    The course examines the powers of state and federal courts (with an emphasis on subject matter and personal jurisdiction) and the sources of the substantive and procedural law to be applied in each. It also provides an overview of litigation from commencement through appeal: pleading and challenges thereto, joinder of parties and claims, judicial management of pretrial and discovery, trial, post-trial motions, and the conclusiveness of judgments (res judicata, and collateral estoppel).
  • Contracts
    A study of the formation, interpretation, and performance of contracts. Historical development of the basic contractual concepts is traced as a foundation for modern contract law. Special attention is given to the requirements of mutual assent, offer and acceptance, consideration and reliance, and conditions; the performance assignment, and breach of contracts are studied, as well as the remedies for breach and issues pertaining to guaranty and suretyship. The relationships between common law, contract law, and the Uniform Commercial Code are considered.
  • Property
    This course covers both personal and real property concepts that provide a necessary foundation for many advanced courses. It includes the law of finds, capture, gifts, adverse possession, estates in land and future interests, cotenancies, landlord/tenant relations, easements, covenants, the law of nuisance, and basic principles of land use.
  • Torts
    Torts is the study of civil legal wrongs (other than those based on contract). The course focuses principally on negligence, but includes introductions to intentional torts, strict liability, and product liability.

CALI Lessons

CALI lessons are free online tutorials that help students learn the law. There are lessons for all of your first year classes and many other topics.

Before you can access CALI lessons at, you’ll need to create a CALI account using the school’s CALI authorization code. The authorization code was included in your orientation packet along with a CD-ROM of the CALI tutorial library. If you can’t find your card, stop by the circulation desk, or email

Other Resources

LexisNexis Area of Law Outlines and Westlaw 1L Outline Shells provide an overview of the essential topics of a legal subject and can be used to prepare for class, organize your notes, and study for exams.


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