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This guide is designed to help new students succeed in their first year of law school. It contains information about library resources & services including:

study guides, books, and DVDs to help students prepare for class.

CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction provides more than 600 interactive computer-based tutorials to assist students in understanding a wide range of legal subjects.

Stop by the reference desk or check your orientation packet for an authorization code.


Law School Success

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Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School - Ruta K. Stropus; Charlotte D. Taylor
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .S77 2014
ISBN: 1611632242
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
A step-by-step guide to dealing with law school material, from reading cases to outlining for exams.

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Acing your first year of law school : the ten steps to success you won't learn in class - Shana Connell Noyes & Henry S. Noye
Call Number: Academic Success -KF283 .N69 2008
ISBN: 0837714109
Offers in-depth tips for developing ten different skills you'll use throughout your law school career. including using study aids, legal writing, and taking exams.

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Law school without fear : strategies for success - Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo
Call Number: Academic Success - KF386 .S51 2009
ISBN: 1599414198
Written by two law professors for their son who decided to attend law school, this volume covers the basic concepts behind the law, how to interpret it, and how you need to use it in the law school classroom. It also provides some helpful information on policy and remedies, which these sorts of books normally do not do.

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Law school labyrinth : a guide to making the most of your legal educationv - Steven R. Sedberry
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .S43 2009
ISBN: 142779958X
In addition to covering the basic skills you'll develop in your 1L year, this volume discusses the second and third years of law school and touches on summer jobs as well.

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Hard-nosed advice from a cranky law professor : how to succeed in law school - Austen L. Parrish, Cristina C. Knolton
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .P37 2010
ISBN: 1594608024
This one takes the approach that, because law school is an alien place to 1Ls, there are certain things such students must know and practice to be successful that are completely unfamiliar. It spells these things out with a dose of cranky humor.

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What every law student really needs to know : an introduction to the study of law - Tracey E. George, Suzanna Sherry
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .G46 2009
ISBN: 073558236X
Explains concepts that are fundamental to the law school experience along with strategies for better grasping those concepts.

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Expert learning for law students - Michael Hunter Schwartz
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .S39 2008
ISBN: 1594605459
Explains the self-guided learning that law school requires and suggests strategies for learning, organization, and interacting with professors and others.

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Law school success in a nutshell : a guide to studying law and taking law school exams - Ann M. Burkhart, Robert A. Stein
Call Number: Academic Success - KF283 .B87 2008
ISBN: 031416779X
Covers the basics of what you'll actually do during the first year and beyond. Also includes sample exam questions with model answers.


Contact a Librarian


Request a Research Appointment

Need more help? Reference librarians are available to meet with JMLS students in one-on-one sessions (or in small groups) to discuss research strategies, recommend relevant resources or review specific topics of legal research. 

Fill out a request form and a librarian will get back to you to set up an appointment.   We ask that you request your appointment at least 2 days in advance, but remember that you can always stop by the reference desk for immediate help with a quick research question.



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