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Exam Prep: The Law Library Can Help

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The Law Library has an abundance of resources to help you prepare for your exams.

  • Our online study aids subscriptions will help build your confidence.
    WK Online Study Aid
    West Academic Study Aids
  • CALI tutorials are written by law faculty and librarians from American law schools. They are reviewed and revised on a regular basis. The lessons are designed to help you become accustomed to taking multiple-choice examinations and provide feedback to your answers.
  • You may access Law School Past Exams from the Law Library’s web site. Many faculty members make their past exams available to students as a teaching aid.

The law library collects a wide range of study materials because they present similar material differently. We want to accommodate for different learning styles. Some materials serve different functions. One title may restate class materials in a summary form (Examples & Explanations), while another may give you a boatload of practice multiple choice questions (Q&A), and another may be audio lectures for your commute (Sum & Substance). To determine which you like the most, it is best to skim the content either in the library or online to see what will work best for you. Please consult our succinct study skills materials chart to guide you through the semester:PDF icon Study Aids Chart

If there is anything specific you might need help with as you prepare to study for your exams, please don’t’ hesitate to schedule an appointment to Meet with a Librarian.

We wish you the best of luck!

Bar Prep: The Law Library Can Help Equip You for the Ultimate Final

My Post (16)Graduating from law school is a huge achievement and a new beginning, maybe more so than finishing high school or college. For most students even after they submit their last exams and papers, the ultimate final exam awaits.

And bar prep isn’t just for 3Ls. The courses you take and study skills you learn during law school can help you clear the final hurdle on your way to a legal career.

Whether you’re a rising 2L or 3L or newly minted grad, the Law Library is here for you. Our Bar Exam and MPRE Resource Guide gathers the resources you’ll need to reach the magic passing number: 273 points on the Uniform Bar Exam in Arizona.

First, we have tips for getting started, such as choosing a jurisdiction, planning a study strategy, and finding the right books for the job. We also point you to the requirements in Arizona and other states to sit for the exam and join the bar.

Analyzing and answering legal questions on the bar exam is a skill that strengthens only with practice. Print and online study aids help you develop essential exam skills and provide lots of opportunities to test your knowledge. Especially helpful resources include Professor Chad Noreuil’s The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam, which helps students find the proper mindset for success, and Steven L. Emanuel’s Strategies & Tactics for the MBE, which provides concise reviews of all multiple choice subjects, with dozens of practice questions for each.

We also point you toward the commercial bar exam review courses that most students find essential. The guide also breaks down the elements of the Uniform Bar Exam administered in multiple states, including Arizona, so you’ll know what you’ll be facing: two hundred multiple choice questions, six essay questions, and two closed-universe legal documents.

The bar exam is difficult, but as ASU students, you can be confident in your likelihood of success. The bar exam and the array of aids can be a lot to take in, so our reference librarians are happy to help you navigate the options and find the right study aids for you.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! And best of luck on the bar.

Andrea Gass, Reference Librarian

Exam Prep: The Law Library Can Help

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The Law Library has an abundance of resources to help you prepare for your exams.

  • Our online study aids subscriptions will help build your confidence.
    WK Online Study Aid
    West Academic Study Aids
  • CALI tutorials are written by law faculty and librarians from American law schools. They are reviewed and revised on a regular basis. The lessons are designed to help you become accustomed to taking multiple-choice examinations and provide feedback to your answers.
  • Our print Study Skills Collection is located on the third floor of the Law Library across from the Circulation Desk. The collection brings together an array of study aids to help you prepare for your exams. All the materials in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice. We also have a print collection of Exam Preparation Guides you may find useful.
  • You may access Law School Past Exams from the Law Library’s web site. Many faculty members make their past exams available to students as a teaching aid.

If there is anything specific you might need help with as you prepare to study for your exams, please don’t’ hesitate to schedule an appointment to Meet with a Librarian.

We wish you the best of luck!

Free Online Access to Study Aids/Supplements

The Law Library provides ASU Law students with free access to over 500 study aids/course supplements through the West Academic Study Aids Subscription.

  • 24/7 access – you can access the study aids anytime online
  • Full-content searching – a single search generates results from every relevant title
  • Highlight and take notes – you can highlight text and take notes just like in a book
  • Popular titles – Gilbert Law Summaries, Nutshell Series, High Court Case Summaries, Flash Cards, Exam Pro Series, Acing Series, Legalines, and more!

To create your account:

  • Go to the West Academic Study Aids website
  • Click the “Create an Account” icon in the upper right corner of the page
  • Choose “I am a Student”
  • Complete the form and click “Create Account”

* Returning 2L and 3L students: There is a new platform for the study aids subscription this year.  You will no longer access the study aids through your Westlaw account, but rather through the West Academic Study Aids website.

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.

You must have an account with CALI to access the lessons.  Account registration requires our school’s authorization code, which is available on the Law Library’s Using CALI webpage (sign in with your ASURITE ID).  You can also get the code by visiting the Law Library Reference Office and chatting with a librarian.  Please note that you only need to use this authorization code the first time you register. You can find registration instructions here.

Good luck on finals!

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. It’s just something you know. Now, I’m starting from scratch writing briefs. I don’t know what a brief is. I’m taking a tort class. I don’t know what a tort is. In football, we have seven days to prepare. Now I have to do assignments and have them done by the next day. But I’ve learned to adapt quickly.” (Randall Gay Trades Playbooks for Law Books, 9News Neighborhood)

We wish both you and Randall the best of luck as you head in to this exam season.  If you would like some tips and resources to help you prepare for your tests and papers, check out these past Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog posts:

Preparing for the First Day of Exams

Monday marks the first day of Spring 2012 exams, with Criminal Law kicking things off at 8:30am and Evidence getting underway at 1pm.  Check out these new Evidence study skills books and browse through the library catalog for Criminal Law titles which will help you get ready for Day 1 of testing!

Also, if you are looking for ways to use your time during reading week wisely and be more productive as you prepare for exams, read through the study tips on the Law School Academic Support Blog.

Evidence in a Nutshell
The Nutshell series of study skills books offer compact yet comprehensive reviews of major areas of law.  Evidence in Nutshell contains the newest version of the Federal Rules of Evidence, as well as notes on significant cases in evidence law and developments in expert and scientific evidence.
Law Study Skills Collection KF8935.Z9 R6 2012

Evidence: Examples and Explanations
The Evidence E&E provides a good introduction to the concepts of the Federal Rules of Evidence and helps develop reader understanding through its case examples and detailed explanations.  Particularly useful aspects of this book are the “plain language” version of the Rules of Evidence and a flow-chart that demonstrates how to analyze relevance and hearsay exceptions applied to out-of-court statements.
                                       Law Study Skills Collection KF8935.Z9 B48 2009

Handbook of Federal Evidence
This eight volume set contains the Federal Rules of Evidence and materials designed to help aid understanding and application of them.  It is written for trial attorneys and judges, but provides clear and precise statements of evidence law which are helpful for students as well.  Please note that this set can only be used in the library.
Law Treatises KF8935 .G73 2012

 

 

The Zen of Law School Success

The Zen of Law School Success
By Chad Noreuil
Law Study Skills Collection KF283 .N67 2011

The Zen of Law School Success is a new book in the Law Library collection written by the College of Law’s very own Professor Chad Noreuil.  Professor Noreuil also wrote The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam.  In this new book, Noreuil focuses on the law school experience and details how to put Zen principles such as simplicity, knowing yourself, and staying focused into practice in law school.  He offers a comprehensive approach to succeeding at law school, as well as focused advice on how to deal with the classroom Socratic method, navigate the law school environment (including the competitive atmosphere), manage stress, prepare for exams, and get a job after graduation.  It is an excellent resource for those students seeking to be successful in law school yet maintain balance in their lives.

To read a little bit about Professor Noreuil, go to the  ASU News website.  Be sure to also check out Professor Noreuil’s Law School Zen blog.

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 of cases and hypotheticals drawn from actual cases.  The chapters can be downloaded as a PDF file, a Word document, or as an ebook compatible with an iPad, Kindle, or other e-reader.

Be sure to download the up-to-date edition of the Federal Rules of Evidence  from the eLangdell® Press website as well – it will be handy to have on your computer for in-class and exam-time reference.

New Books at the Law Library – The Glannon Guide to Property

The Glannon Guide to Property: Learning Property through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis
Law Study Skills Collection KF561 .S627 2011

What’s the difference between title to property held in fee simple, fee simple determinable, and fee simple subject to executor condition?   The answer to this question (which you will need to know for your upcoming property exam!) and more lie in the pages of the new edition of the Glannon Guide to Property.  Property is a notoriously difficult subject, but the Glannon Guide offers a clear and ordered review of property topics, organized around multiple-choice questions.  Each chapter contains an introduction to the designated topic, followed by a handful of multiple-choice questions with explanatory answers.  Topics covered in this book include gifts, adverse possession, fee simple estates, defeasible estates, life estates, reversions and remainders, executor interests, the rule against perpetuities, leases and assignments, deeds, and mortgages.