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Monday, April 15, 2024

Law Library Resources for the Home Stretch

Whether you’re working on a writing assignment or getting course outlines in shape and preparing for upcoming exams, the Law Library has resources to help you! 

Reference Librarians

Get research help from our Reference librarians 7 days per week, in person at the reference desk and remotely via email, chat, and phone.

Study Aids

Access eBook and print copies of a wide variety of study aids covering all 1L and most 2L & 3L courses. Bear in mind that study aids are a supplement and not a substitute for your own notes or advice provided by your course instructors. You can access eBook titles for many popular study aid series from these three major publishers:

Aspen Learning Library includes Examples & Explanations, Emmanuel Crunchtime, Emmanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, and others.

LexisNexis Digital Library/Carolina Academic Press includes the Understanding, Mastering, and Question & Answers series.

West Academic Study Aids includes Hornbooks, Concepts & Insights, Nutshell, and many others.

Helpful Guides Covering Exam Taking Skills

Some of our study aids cover the art of exam taking in general; a list of these resources is available here.

CALI Lessons

CALI has over 1,000 online, interactive tutorials covering narrow topics of law for a wide range of 1L and 2L-3L courses, including a tutorial on how to prepare for exams. To access CALI tutorials, you first need to register with an Authorization Code that you can get from the Law Library Reference Office (625-4309 or law-ref@umn.edu).

Are there sample exams or model answers available from my professor?

First, check your course Canvas site or ask your professor to see if they will be making them available.

Faculty members will sometimes provide copies of past exams for the Law Library to place in binders that students can access at the Circulation Desk. However, it is much more common now for faculty members to post exams to Canvas.  

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