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Need to Study? There’s a Study Aid for That!

Posted by Library Blog on 11/15/2012 at 03:57 PM

In addition to the excellent resources of the Academic Success Program, here’s a review of the various study aids offered by the Law Library.

For reviewing legal concepts:

The Law Library’s collection contains hornbooks and nutshells on almost every legal subject.  There are also titles from the Examples and Explanations and Understanding series.  Current editions of the study aids are shelved on Reserve and circulate for either two or forty-eight hours.  Older editions are shelved in the stacks and circulate for four weeks.  Look at the Study Aids Law Guides to determine the study aids for your course.  If your course is not represented, search the WebCatalog by keywords using the name of your course and type of study aid or series. 

In addition to the books, there are hundreds of CALI lessons on numerous legal topics.  Since the lessons are interactive, you will get feedback on how well you understand the concepts!  Email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu for the RWU School of Law authorization code to create your individual login.  Need a copy of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure or Evidence? Check out CALI’s eLangdell Press for free access to the rules and other texts.

There are bar review materials on Reserve (two- hour circulation).  Two that you might find useful are Barbri Bar Review: First Year Review (KF388 .B372) and Barbri Bar Review: Upper Level Review (KF388 .B37).  An outline of each subject area is followed by questions and answers to the questions.

For tips on studying for and taking law exams:

  • Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades (2012). Stacks, KF283 .S35 2012
  • Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School (2011). Stacks, KF283 .F75 2011
  • The Zen of Law School Success (2011). Stacks, KF283 .N67 2011

*Browse the stacks in the call number area of KF283 for more books on studying for and writing law school exam essays.  

For sample exam questions and answers:

  • Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams (2d ed. 2008). Reserve,  KF283 .B87 2008
  • Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win (2007). Stacks, KF283 .C35 2007
  • Mastering the Law School Exam: A Practical Blueprint for Preparing and Taking Law School Exams (2007). Stacks, KF283 .D37 2007 - there are several essay questions with either an evaluation sheet or a sample answer for Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts.
  • Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive) (3d ed. 2010). Stacks, KF283 .D47 2010 - in the Appendix are two essay questions with three sample answers to each and an analysis of each answer to illustrate common mistakes made by law students in writing answers to essay questions.

If you need assistance with locating a study aid, please do not hesitate to ask the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk, call 401-254-4547, email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu or chat via “Ask a Librarian.”