Use A Study Aid

What is a study aid?

Study Aids are secondary sources that cover specific areas of the law. Unlike casebooks used in law classes, these resources provide explanations, analysis, criticisms and overviews of legal topics in narrative form. Students can use them to obtain a solid overview of legal topics and to review concepts learned in class. They are particularly useful for first-year students studying for first-year classes: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research, Property and Torts.


What study aids are available?

  • CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). Hundreds of interactive CALI lessons covering topical areas of law and research are available via the internet. They are designed to help law students understand the black letter of the law and test their comprehension of fundamental concepts. Get the registration password for online access at the circulation desk.
  • The Registrar's Office provides Cornell law students with an Online Exam Archive. These are actual Cornell law school exams from previous years.  Exams are also available on the third floor of the library in alcove 5 by the soft seating area.
  • Lexis and Westlaw both provide numerous research tutorials and study assistance on their respective law school pages. See more about student summer access.
  • LexisNexis Digital Library includes the complete Understanding and Questions & Answers series in ebook form. Each ebook can be checked out for 24 hours.
  • New titles and editions of treatises, hornbooks, Examples & Explanations, West's Nutshells, and other study aids are published frequently. The most recent edition of a title will be on reserve; older editions are moved to the open stacks.