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Using the Law Library 101: Survival Guide for New Students

Exam Archives

Cornell law school exams from 2007 forward can be found on the website of the law school registrar under "Prior Exams Collection". For exams prior to 2007, go to alcove 5 in the Law Library Reading Room.

Library Research Guides

All research guides are created by librarians. It can be very helpful to use the guides as a starting point for your research to find the proper databases for your topic.

Online Legal Resources

Foreign and International Law: Topics

Library Research at Cornell

Complete list of Law Library research guides

Study Aids

Having trouble understanding the law? Want to get some extra help with your first year classes? Stop by the circulation desk and take a look at our study aids! If you are not sure what study aids would suit you the best, talk to our reference librarians.

Study Aids are secondary sources that cover specific areas of the law.  They provide explanations, analysis, criticisms and overviews of legal topics in narrative form. We frequently add new titles to this collection.  You can find the most recent ones in the reserve collection in the Reading Room, and older ones in open stacks.  Study aides include treatises, hornbooks, and the series like Concepts and Insights, Examples and Explanations, and Nutshells. 

Below is a list of some study aids we carry in the reserve collections by subjects. Many other aids are available as well.

Online Study Aids

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction):

CALI online interactive classes are available to help students understand the black letter of the law. This website requires registration. Contact the reference desk for a password. There are also free ebooks that you can download and install on iPads and Kindles

Westlaw:

Here, you can find outlines for 1L classes and trainings on research and writing skills.


Lexis:

Lexis offers online courses as well. You can find training materials on legal research and other tutorials under "Teaching Tools" on the Lexis homepage.

 

Bloomberg Law:

Like Lexis and Westlaw, Bloomberg Law has materials that help law students with study and career research. You can find this section on their homepage.