The end of the semester brings both the fervent anticipation of the holidays and the anxiety of looming exams. As you finalize (or perhaps begin) your course outlines, let’s talk about some of the resources at the Law Library you might find useful for exam preparation.
The Law Library has long kept a file of past exams for students to peruse as they prepare for finals. You can find an electronic version of the exam file on our website under Study Aids; because it is a resource from our professors for our students, this file is password-protected. Stop by the Circulation Desk or Reference Office to obtain the password. We also maintain a paper file of past exams, which you can check out on 4-hour loan from the Circulation Desk. (Whether to submit past exams for the exam file is up to the discretion of each professor.)
CALI, Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, hosts a long list of electronic tutorials on a variety of legal subjects. These lessons are written by professors, and can therefore be a powerful study aid for almost any course. You can access CALI from the Law Library website, under Study Aids. CALI is a subscription-based product, so you will need to stop by the Reference Office to obtain the password for our subscription; upon completing the initial log-in, you will be able to create your own username and password.
Hornbooks & Nutshells
Hornbooks resemble casebooks and offer an in-depth discussion of a particular legal subject. Nutshells, as the name suggests, are smaller study aids that offer a quicker overview of a legal subject. Our collection contains a large number of hornbooks and nutshells, covering a wide array of legal subjects. The most current editions can be found at the Circulation Desk. During the regular semester, these check out for 24-hour periods; during exams the loan period will be reduced to a 4-hour loan to accommodate the high use of these materials as exam preparatory aids. You may also be able to find older editions of these materials in the stacks on the second and third floor; hornbooks and nutshells located in the stacks circulate for the traditional 30-day loan period. To see a list of the hornbooks and nutshells we own, refer to the binder kept at the end of the Circulation Desk (near the Reference Office).
Extended Library Hours
Much of what you need for finals preparation is simply time; we try to help with that by giving you extended exam hours at the Law Library:
Saturday December 7 8 a.m. to midnight
Sunday December 8 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mon-Fri December 9-13 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday December 14 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Sunday December 15 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Mon-Thur December 16-19 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday December 20 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.