Category Archives: Study Aids

Study Aids: Outlines, Questions & Answers, Flash Cards, Lectures on CD

Study aidsAs you prepare for your exams, remember that the library carries several different types of study aids including:


Black letter Outlines such as the Emanuel series and Crunchtime series

Question & Answer Series

Understanding… Series

Ntushell Series



Course Lectures

Other Study Aids

Flash Cards

Online Exercises: CALI

Many of these Study Aids are located on the 4th Floor shelves facing the Circulation Desk.

If you want to know if the library carries a specific type of material. eg. Multiple choice questions on property or Outlines for Civil Procedure, ask at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk on the 4th floor.

The library also carries books on studying for law school exams.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Hello from the library. We would like to welcome the new 1Ls and welcome back our 2Ls and 3Ls. Click the image above to see a larger version.

Please view this presentation as a reminder of what is available to you in the library and whom to contact about research, jobs and general inquiries (Leigh Inman, Interim Director).

To help you along your path to success, this semester, we have new mini-classes for you. The schedule is shown below. Please sign-up for mini-classes on the Legal Research Training TWEN page. Click on the schedule below to see a larger version.


Please be aware of our new noise policy. The noise map will show you where you can expect to find quiet study space (Tip: It’s towards the rear of the library on the 5th floor). Click on the noise map below to see a larger version.

Library Noise Level Map. 5th floor quiet, 4th floor noisy

How to Succeed on Law School Exams

The law library’s guide, Exam Study Materials at TJSL  lists books on exam taking, and lists study aids available in the library for various courses such as Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Torts.

Law school exam advice from the blogosphere:

Exam Prep Made Simple: Organize Your Thoughts – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
It’s Thanksgiving, Should You Be Flipping Out About Exams? – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
Common Errors in Exam Study – Amy Jarmon, Law School Academic Support Blog
Some Quotes to Keep in Mind – Law School Academic Support Blog

Law School Exam Tips – Law School Academic Support Blog

New titles added to the Library in May, 2011

To request any of these titles, please send an email to

New Titles for the Center for Law & Social Justice
3 titles

Handbook on Mediation
American Arbitration Association
KF9084 .H363 2010
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The How-to-Win Appeal Manual: Winning Appellate Advocacy in a Nutshell
Ralph Adam Fine
KF9050 .F56 2008
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Manual on Domestic Violence
Nancy K.D. Lemon
KFC1121.4 .L46 2009
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New Titles for the Center for Law & Intellectual Property
4 titles

Biotechnology and the Federal Circuit
Kenneth J. Burchfiel
KF3133.B56 B87 2009
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Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice
Marjorie Cohn and David Dow             Faculty Publication
KF8726 .C63 2011 (Lobby Display)          
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Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry
KF390.E57 C66
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Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling
Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola; with Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson
KF3035 .M35 2011
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New Titles for the Center for Global Legal Studies
5 titles

The Evolving International Investment Regime: Expectations, Realities, Options
edited by Jose E. Alvarez and Karl P. Sauvant; with Kamil Gerard Ahmed and Gabriela P. Vizcaino
K3829.8 .C648 2007
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Five Masters of International Law: Conversations with R-J Dupuy, E. Jimenez de Arechaga, R. Jennings, L. Henkin, and O. Schachter
Antonio Cassese
KZ3900 .F58 2011
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International Law
edited by Malcolm D. Evans
KZ1242 .I573 2010
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National Courts and the International Rule of Law
Andre Nollkaemper
K302 .N65 2011
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Les Successions, Les Liberalites
Philippe Malaurie
KJV1329 .M257 2010
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1L Frequently Asked Questions

1.   CALI:

You were given a CALI CD in your orientation packet.  CALI exercises are interactive tutorials on a variety of subjects including legal research and writing. You need not register to use the lessons on the CD.

You may also access the tutorials online. To do so, register at, using the TJSL student authorization code given to you. Click on the ‘Not a registered user yet?’ link in order to start the process. During the registration process you will create your password. In subsequent visits to use lessons, you will only need to enter your email address and your password.

2.  LexisNexis: You were given a LexisNexis access code in your orientation packet.  Go to to register the activation code.  On the upper right hand side of the screen, you will see this box:

Click on “Students Register Here” and follow the instructions to create your custom username and password.

If you cannot find your activation code, you would first click onto “Students Register Here” as shown directly above, and then click onto the “Get an activation code” link, as shown in the image directly below:

To log onto LexisNexis, go back to and enter your custom ID. If you forget your custom ID (meaning that you created an ID using the activation code, but have misplaced your ID), click on the “Forgot Password” link as shown directly below:

3. Westlaw: You were given a Westlaw code in your orientation packet.   You will need to go to to create a custom username and password using that code. To do so, click on the orange box titled “Register Password” in the lower left side of that Webpage:

You will then be prompted to create a custom username and password during this registration process. You will then use that custom ID to sign on to Westlaw.

To then log into Westlaw, go back to and use your custom login.

If you forget your ID, click the “Forgot your Username or Password?” link located just above the abovementioned orange “Register Password” box. See the image directly above.

If you did not register your initial Westlaw code and cannot find it: See the reference librarians.

Accessing TWEN:
From the Westlaw login screen, shown above, click onto the TWEN link at the top of the screen (white font color on blue background). Use your Westlaw login information to then log in to TWEN.

To Add Your Courses in TWEN:
From the TWEN homepage, click onto the “Add Course” button:

And then check the boxes that correspond to the courses you want to add:

Finally, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”

The next time you log in, you’ll see the added course(s):

4. Library Access: When you check out a book for the first time, present your TJSL ID card to the circulation assistant and they’ll be sure that your library account is set up. Then you’ll be able to check out study aids, course reserves and our many legal-themed movies. The school’s online catalog, Thomcat, is available through the student web page, on the Library homepage. ThomCat links to thousands of databases as well as to books.

5. ThomChat: You have access to virtual reference with a librarian. Submit your question through the library homepage at This service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00-6:00.

6. Research Databases: The library subscribes to hundreds of electronic titles. To access these databases, go to the library menu at and choose “Research Databases.” Then log into EzProxy using your TJSL network ID.

7. Study Aids: You can access popular study aid titles to the right of the circulation desk and just outside the reference librarian office. Look for the Study Aids sign. These study aids include the nutshell series, Gilbert Law Summaries, and various guides to understand specific topics. We even have flash cards.

Library Highlights: Criminal Law

The Emerging Practice of the International Criminal Court
edited by Carsten Stahn and Göran Sluiter
KZ6311 .E364 2009
From the Publisher: The International Criminal Court is at a crossroads. In 1998, the Court was still a fiction. A decade later, it has become operational and faces its first challenges as a judicial institution. This volume examines this transition. It analyses the first jurisprudence and policies of the Court. It provides a systematic survey of the emerging law and practice in four main areas: the relationship of the Court to domestic jurisdictions, prosecutorial policy and practice, the treatment of the Court’s applicable law and the shaping of its procedure. It revisits major themes, such as jurisdiction, complementarity, cooperation, prosecutorial discretion, modes of liability, pre-trial, trial and appeals procedure and the treatment of victims and witnesses, as well as their criticisms. It also explores some of challenges and potential avenues for future reform.

The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law
edited by Nita A. Farahany
K5028.5 .I47 2009
From the Publisher: New discoveries from neuroscience and behavioral genetics are besieging criminal law. Novel scientific perspectives on criminal behavior could transform the criminal justice system and yet are being introduced in an ad hoc and often ill-conceived manner. Bringing together experts across multiple disciplines, including geneticists, neuroscientists, philosophers, policymakers, and legal scholars, The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law is a comprehensive collection of essays that address the emerging science from behavioral genetics and neuroscience and its developing impact on the criminal justice system. The essays survey how the science is and will likely be used in criminal law and the policy and the ethical issues that arise from its use for criminal law and for society.

Criminal Law
Richard G. Singer, John Q. La Fond
KF9219.85 .S54 2010
From the Publisher: Examples & Explanations: Criminal Law, draws on well-known cases that have not made the appellate courts or in some cases haven’t even gone to litigation. The fifth edition includes cutting edge examples and explanations based on prescription drug-induced sleepwalking, death caused by abuse of time-release pain-killing patches, and void-for-vagueness challenges to laws limiting where sex offenders can live or travel.

Among the attributes that make this study aid an excellent resource: […]Unique, time-tested Examples & Explanations pedagogy —Combines textual material with well-written and comprehensive examples, explanations, and questions to test students’ comprehension of the materials and provide practice in applying information to fact patterns; recent Supreme Court cases on the insanity defense and the diminished capacity defense (such as Arizona v. Clark and Dixon v. United States); explanations include analysis of both prosecution and defense, which provides additional valuable exam-writing skills for students.

Regulating Deviance: The Redirection of Criminalisation and the Futures of Criminal Law
edited by Bernadette McSherry, Alan Norrie and Simon Bronitt
K5015.4 .R44 2009
From the Publisher: The criminal attacks that occurred in the United States on 11 September 2001 have profoundly altered and reshaped the priorities of criminal justice systems around the world. Domestic criminal law has become a vehicle for criminalising ‘new’ terrorist offences and other transnational forms of criminality. ‘Preventative’ detention regimes have come to the fore, balancing the scales in favour of security rather than individual liberty. These moves complement already existing shifts in criminal justice policies and ideologies brought about by adjusting to globalisation, economic neo-liberalism and the shift away from the post-war liberal welfare settlement. This collection of essays by leading scholars in the fields of criminal law and procedure, criminology, legal history, law and psychology and the sociology of law, focuses on the future directions for the criminal law in the light of current concerns with state security and regulating ‘deviant’ behaviour.

The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law
Kenneth S. Gallant
K5165 .G35 2009
From the Publisher: This book fills a major gap in the scholarly literature concerning international criminal law, comparative criminal law, and human rights law. The principle of legality (non-retroactivity of crimes and punishments and related doctrines) is fundamental to criminal law and human rights law. Yet this is the first book-length study of the status of legality in international law – in international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. This is also the first book to survey legality/non-retroactivity in all national constitutions, developing the patterns of implementation of legality in the various legal systems (e.g., Common Law, Civil Law, Islamic Law, Asian Law) around the world. This is a necessary book for any scholar, practitioner, and library in the area of international, criminal, comparative, human rights, or international humanitarian law.

EU Criminal Law
Valsamis Mitsilegas
KJE7975 .M58 2009
From the Publisher: EU Criminal Law is perhaps the fastest-growing area of EU law. It is also one of the most contested fields of EU action, covering measures which have a significant impact on the protection of fundamental rights and the relationship between the individual and the State, while at the same time presenting a challenge to State sovereignty in the field and potentially reconfiguring significantly the relationship between Member States and the EU. The book will examine in detail the main aspects of EU criminal law, in the light of these constitutional challenges. These include: the history and institutions of  EU criminal law (including the evolution of the third pillar and its relationship with EC law); harmonisation in criminal law and procedure (with emphasis on competence questions); mutual recognition in criminal matters (including the operation of the European Arrest Warrant) and accompanying measures; action by EU bodies facilitating police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters (such as Europol, Eurojust and OLAF); the collection and exchange of personal data, in particular via EU databases and co-operation between law enforcement authorities; and the external dimension of EU action in criminal matters, including EU-US counter-terrorism co-operation. The analysis is forward-looking, taking into account the potential impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU criminal law.

Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law
Larry Alexander and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan
K5103 .A44 2009
From the Publisher: This book presents a comprehensive overview of what the criminal law would look like if organized around the principle that those who deserve punishment should receive punishment commensurate with, but no greater than, that which they deserve. [The authors] argue that desert is a function of the actor’s culpability, and that culpability is a function of the risks of harm to protected interests that the actor believes he is imposing and his reasons for acting in the face of those risks. The authors deny that resultant harms, as well as unperceived risks, affect the actor’s desert. They thus reject punishment for inadvertent negligence as well as for intentions or preparatory acts that are not risky. Alexander and Ferzan discuss the reasons for imposing risks that negate or mitigate culpability, the individuation of crimes, and omissions. They conclude with a discussion of rules versus standards in criminal law and offer a description of the shape of criminal law in the event that the authors’ conceptualization is put into practice.

Law & Social Justice — Recent Acquisitions

The Anatomy of Torture: A Documentary History of Filartiga v. Pena Irala
William J. Aceves
KF226 .A25 2007 (Lobby Display)
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Arbitration Law
Katherine V.W. Stone, Richard A. Bales
KF3423 .S76 2010
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Bought & Sold
Witness production in association with the Global Survival Network
Produced and directed by Gillian Caldwell
VIDEO HQ281 .B68 1997 (Reserve)
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Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers, and Policymakers
edited by Roger A. Clay, Jr. and Susan R. Jones
KF5730 .B85 2009 (Course Reserve)
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Cases and Materials on Criminal Law
Joshua Dressler
KF9218 .D68 2009 (Course Reserve)
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Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies
Raneta Lawson Mack
K5401 .M33 2008
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The Criminal Responsibility of Senior Political and Military Leaders as Principals to International Crimes
Hector Olasolo; with a foreword by Adrian Fulford
K5301 .O42 2009
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Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein
Michael A. Newton & Michael P. Scharf
KMJ41.H87 N49 2008 (Lobby Display)
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Environmental Regulation: Law, Science, and Policy
Robert V. Percival et al.
KF3775 .E548 2009 (Lobby Display)
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Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations
edited by Martha Albertson Fineman, Jack E. Jackson, Adam P. Romero
K349 .F455 2009
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Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials
Peter Barton Hutt, Richard A. Merrill, Lewis Grossman
KF3868 .F66 2007 (Course Reserve)
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The Glannon Guide to Criminal Law: Learning Criminal Law through Multiple- choice Questions and Analysis
Laurie L. Levenson
KF9219.5 .L474 2009 (Course Reserve)
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Human Rights
Louis Henkin et al.
K3240 .H846 2009 (Course Reserve)
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The International Law on Ballast Water: Preventing Biopollution
Maria Helena Fonseca de Souza Rolim
K3591.2 .R65 2008
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The Politics of Official Apologies
Melissa Nobles
JC599.N66 N63 2008
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Saddam on Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal
Michael P. Scharf, Gregory S. McNeal
KMJ41.H87 S23 2006 (Lobby Display)
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Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation
edited by Elazar Barkan, Alexander Karn
HM1106 .T35 2006
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United States of America–A Safe Haven for Torturers
William J. Aceves
KF4749 .A33 2002 (Lobby Display)
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Women, Politics, and the Constitution
edited by Naomi B. Lynn
KF478.A5 W667 1990
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