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Guide for First Year Law Students: Study Aids by Subject

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.

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. 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.