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This guide contains useful information for all your first year courses. Each tab lists treatises, study aids, CALI lessons and blog posts in the subject areas covered by your classes. Treatises are secondary sources that describe an area of law, and can be great for developing a better understanding of a point of law. CALI lessons are online modules that will present information and quiz you on a legal matter.

Other Useful Information

The Professional Center Library has created several sources of information that are useful or interesting to incoming law students, aside from this guy.

Law Study Aids
by Kate Irwin-Smiler - Last Updated Aug 23, 2017
A quick guide to tons of study aids available via the Professional Center Library
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Professional Center Library 101
by Liz McCurry Johnson - Last Updated Jul 27, 2012
From policies to research tips and techniques, we hope you will find everything you need here to help get you started on you journey through law school as well as blossoming a wonderful relationship with the PCL!
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Our Top 10 Terms to Know on Day 1

1. Tort - A first year class that discusses "civil wrongs" - that is, you've done something wrong, but it's not a criminal matter.

2. Civ Pro - Short for Civil Procedure; another first year class that covers how cases are conducted in the court system. Basically, this is the "how to" part of law.

3. Hornbook - A type of study aid on Reserve in the library. These are one form of treatise, and provide detailed & lengthy explanations of legal matters.

4. § -This symbol represents the section of a statute.  You will learn more about statutes in your second semester of LAWR. You can make it by drawing two Ss on top of each other, or use Option-6 on a Mac, or insert symbol on a PC.

5. Π & Δ - These two symbols are the pi symbol (Π) and the delta symbol (Δ). Often you will see students and professors use these symbols to represent the plaintiff (Π) and the defendant (Δ) instead of spelling each of them out long-hand.

6. Cite (not sight and not site) - Attribution to a case or statute - vitally important to show support for your legal arguments.

7. Common law (or precedent)- Cases that have gone before the current case, and provide the groundwork for modern judicial decisions

8. Holding - What a court actually says about a case it is deciding.

9. Procedural Posture - Is this case on appeal from a lower court? Has a higher court reversed it? The procedural posture tells you what has happened in this case already, and determines the kind of treatment it will get at the next stage.

10. TWEN ("The West Education Network") & Sakai - These are online resources where most of your professors will post syllabi, handouts, and even have you turn in assignments. TWEN is attached to Westlaw, an online research platform and used exclusively in law schools, while Sakai is independent of other online systems and used in other educational settings.


Welcome to Law School

Law school may be unlike any other academic endeavor you have ever undertaken. The Professional Center Library has several different types resources to help you do your best as you start on this adventure. Below are some books to help you settle in to the academic work you are beginning.

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Starting off Right in Law School - Carolyn J. Nygren
Call Number: Stacks KF273 .N97 2011
ISBN: 9781594608254
Publication Date: 2011-07-01

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Learning the Law: Success in Law School and Beyond - Steven J. Frank
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .F73 1992
ISBN: 0806513578

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1L of a Ride: a well-traveled professor's roadmap to success in the first year of law school - Andrew J. McClurg
Call Number: Study Aids KF287 .M38 2013
ISBN: 9780314283054
Publication Date: 2013-03-11

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Acing Your First Year of Law School: Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class - Shana Connell Noyes; Henry S. Noyes
Call Number: Study Aids KF283 .N69 2008
ISBN: 9780837714103
Publication Date: 2008-03-01

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Succeeding in Law School, 2d ed. - Herbert N. Ramy
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .R36 2010
ISBN: 1594607400

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Law School Survival Manual - Nancy B. Rapoport & Jeffrey D. VanNiel
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .R37 2010
ISBN: 9780735594906

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Expert Learning for Law Students, 2d ed. - Michael Hunter Schwartz
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .S39 2008
ISBN: 1594605459

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Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success, 3d ed. - Ruta K. Stropus; Charlotte D. Taylor
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .S77 2014
ISBN: 9781611632248
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

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The JD Jungle Law School Survival Guide - Jungle Media Group
Call Number: Stacks KF285 .J3 2003
ISBN: 0738207497

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Law School Without Fear - Strategies for Success, 3d ed. - Helene S. Shapo; Marshall S. Shapo
Call Number: Stacks KF386 .S44 2009
ISBN: 9781599414195
Publication Date: 2009-05-26

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A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student - Paula A. Franzese
Call Number: Study Aids KF273 .F728 2014
ISBN: 0314291075
Publication Date: 2014-03-20

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Navigating the First Year of Law School - G. Nicholas Herman; Melissa A. Essary; Zachary C. Bolitho
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .H47 2016
ISBN: 9781611639575
Publication Date: 2016-07-07


Exam Time

Just as law classes are different from your undergraduate classes, law exams are notoriously different from other exams you have taken. Here are some guides that will help you attack law exams confidently.

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Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win - Charles R. Calleros
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .C35 2007
ISBN: 9780735563568

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Mastering the Law School Exam - Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .D37 2007
ISBN: 9780314162816

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A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams - John C. Dernbach
Call Number: Stacks KF283 .D47 2001
ISBN: 0837731275

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Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School - Dernbach
Call Number: Study Aids KF283 .D47 2014
ISBN: 9781454841623
Publication Date: 2014-04-08

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Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades - Alex Schimel
Call Number: Study Aids KF283 .S335 2012
ISBN: 9781611630596
Publication Date: 2012-01-01

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