A number of resources are available through the Jerome Hall Law Library to assist law students in preparing for classes and taking final exams.
Here to help
Books such as hornbooks and nutshells may help students to understand complex legal concepts. Students can work through online lessons on a legal subject through CALI. Faculty will frequently put supplemental readings on reserve and these will be available to students either through the electronic reserve system or at the circulation desk. Finally, when preparing for final exams, students may have access to past exams through the online exam file.
1L study aids
The Law Library has compiled a selection of restatements of the law, nutshells, hornbooks, and treatises that may help to clarify or explain some of the legal issues being discussed in your classes. This list is merely a starting point. Your professors, the reference librarians, or your classmates may have additional suggestions for supplementary or explanatory reading. A comprehensive list of current hornbooks and nutshells is also available at the circulation desk. View 1L Study Aids.
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
The Law School is a member of CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). CALI offers online lessons in over 30 different legal subjects for students reviewing course content. There are CALI lessons covering all subjects in the first year curriculum. Contact Kimberly Mattioli if you need assistance on how to access CALI.
The Library maintains a collection of past Law School exams for students to review. Whether or not old exams for a particular course are kept in the Library exam file is the decision of the individual faculty member teaching the course. Law School exams are also available through the Library’s Web site. Because it is available exclusively to IU Law School students and faculty through the web, it is password protected — with IU's CAS.
Continue to the Exam File.
The Library’s print reserves include books and other course materials that are not available in an electronic format. All materials on course reserve circulate for four hours and are available at the circulation desk. The Library also maintains a permanent reserve collection of hornbooks, nutshells, copies of the Bluebook, Federal Court Rules, Indiana Rules of Court, unbound periodicals, and advance sheets. Permanent reserve materials generally circulate for 24 hours.