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Study Aids

About Study Aids

This Guide organizes some of the "study aids" accessible - either in print or electronically - from the Schmid Law Library. This first page outlines groups of resources; the tabs along the left side of the page suggest resources by topic. In addition to those resources identified by the law librarians, each also includes suggestions from law students. If you are viewing this guide and have a resource not included that you've found useful, please email Sandy Placzek ( with the name of the resource. Please keep in mind: this Guide provides titles of resources; you should always consult with your professor to identify the resources they recommend to assist you.

Past Exams are also important, and may be considered study aids. Print copies of exams released by faculty members are available at the circulation desk and in the reference shelves between the circulation desk and the Union Bank Room (room 131). Some past exams are also available in Canvas: access the Course Tile "College of Law Exam Materials" in Canvas. Once accessed, click on the "Exam Archive" link to see the exams released by a number of Professors.

Types of Study Aids and Access Points

CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) offers computer-based, interactive tutorials written by law professors and law librarians. The tutorials are accessible from the CALI website  ( homepage, and are organized first by class year (1L; 2L-3L), then alphabetically by topic. A selection of lessons is provided here; there are many more on a both general and specific topics available on the CALI page.

Faculty Course Reserves. List study aids put on Course Reserve by faculty teaching the course. The items are available at the Law Library Circulation Desk under Professor's name. In the entries below, the Professor's name is in the call number area.

Lexis Digital Library is accessible from the Schmid Law Library ( homepage through the "Explore Research Databases" link. Titles in the "Understanding" and "Q & A - Questions & Answers" series in ebook format are available in this database.

Nutshells are easy to read, compact study guides explaining the most important issues in a particular area of the law, highlighting key cases and relevant statutes. Current Nutshells are shelved in the low shelves across from the circulation desk in the "study aids" area and may be checked out for one week. Older editions have the same call number and are shelved on the second floor of the law library.