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Using CALI to Study for Exams

At some point in the coming weeks you will probably reach the point where you feel like you simply cannot look at your course outline one more time.  At this point (and even before!) reviewing for your exam via a CALI lesson is a great idea. CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials published by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.  With our school’s CALI membership you have access to over 900 interactive lessons in over 30 legal subjects.  You can find them all at cali.org/lesson.

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Law School is Tough, Even for Super Bowl Champions

Exams are right around the corner and you may still be trying to work through all those hearsay exceptions for your evidence final, but you can take heart in the fact that law school is tough for everyone – even two-time Super Bowl champions.  Randall Gay, who won the Super Bowl while playing for the New England Patriots in 2004 and the New Orleans Saints in 2009, is now a 1L at the Southern University Law School.  Gay compares the rigors of the NFL to law school:

“I didn’t have to really study for football. … Continue Reading

Evidence Law Help From CALI

“Nobody can fairly pretend to make the Anglo-American law of evidence easy, because it is essentially very difficult.”
– John MacArthur Maguire, Evidence: Common Sense and Common Law (1947).

While understanding Evidence Law may never be effortless, eLangdell® Press, the publishing component of CALI, has made it easier by offering three chapters of its Evidence Law casebook available for free:

 Best Evidence Rule



  Rape Shield Rule



  Jury Impeachment




Each chapter provides a roadmap for addressing the topic through a series … Continue Reading

CALI Can Help You Study for Exams

Don’t forget that CALI lessons are a free way to help you prepare for exams.

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials published by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI, www.cali.org).

CALI publishes over 800 CALI lessons in 33 different legal subject areas listed at cali.org/lesson.

Please note that you must register to use CALI lessons on the Web. Registration will allow you to create your own password to use the lessons. In order to register, you will need an authorization code. The code can be found in the Law Library’s CALI Guide.  You will need to login to … Continue Reading

Don’t pay for Federal Rules (if you don’t want to).

CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), have partnered with the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School to bring free .epub files of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. The downloads will currently work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, and other devices that can read the .epub format.  Please be aware that these are E-Book formats, so it won’t work in your PDF Reader.

Learn more by clicking here:  The Federal Rules Ebooks by Legal Information Institute

Legislative History Research Resources

Legislative history research got you down? Here are some great resources to help you navigate the waters.

Research Guides:

Law Library of Congress Federal Legislative History
Law Library Federal Legislative History
Law Library Electronic Sources for Federal Legislative History
Law Library Arizona Legislative History


CALI lessons:

Researching Federal Legislative History
Federal Legislative History Research – Compiled Legislative History



LexisNexis legislative history tutorial (and the Law Library’s research guide on finding legislative information using LexisNexis Congressional ).
HeinOnline’s quick tutorial video to search the HeinOnline Legislative History Library

ProQuest has several upcoming webinars for thier Congressional Digital … Continue Reading

Use Your Smartphone to Learn About Legal Research Materials in the Law Library

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), which helps law schools students use technology to learn about the law, has developed LibTour, a series of electronic law library tours using QR codes. Situated throughout the Ross-Blakley Law Library are LibTour signs that identify important sources that you should be aware of as a law student. The audio files are 1-4 minutes long.  They provide useful information on a particular resource and how it’s used in legal research.

After locating one of the signs, simply use your smartphone or iPad to scan the QR code and you will immediately hear an … Continue Reading

CALI: Like Having Your Own Tutor

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is a consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction. The CALI Library of Lessons includes more than 800 lessons covering over 30 legal education subject areas. They are designed to augment traditional law school instruction, and are written by law faculty and librarians.

As an ASU Law Student you have access to hundreds of CALI lessons and tutorials.  You can pick up your CALI CD in the library, or you can register online at www.cali.org.  Stop by the front desk of the library for your free authorization code or

This video will help explain to … Continue Reading