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First Year of Law School

Overview of sources and strategies for success in law school

Main Study Aid Publications

The Law Library keeps a select collection of study aids for students shelved alongside their subject or placed on reserve behind the circulation desk at a professor's request.. Use the links below to find a complete list in our catalog for each title or use the advanced search features to narrow a catalog search to a specific area of law you want. You may always ask a law librarian for a recommendation! We also have a place dedicated in our Reference Hallway for donated study aids students can use as needed. We just ask that you take one, use it, and put it back for others to benefit from!

Preparing for Exams

Prior exams are a valuable resource! The library maintains old exams contributed by professors at their discretion. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk; students with a valid University of Richmond Internet connection may access some exams electronically at ExamFile:

Reserve a Study Room

The Law Library has five group study rooms located in the basement and three rooms on the second floor that students may reserve. 

Instructions for reserving a study a room:

  • Use the drop down to select a location.
  • Select an open start time.
  • Use the drop menu at the bottom of the form to select an end time  and hit SUBMIT.
  • Enter your name and email to book your room reservation.

Be sure to look over the policies before you reserve a room for information about the size of the available rooms and how to pick up your key. 

Study Habits and Law School Exams

West Academic Study Aids

Electronic versions of several popular law school study aids are available through West Academic. Our school subscription includes the Nutshell series, Hornbooks, and Black Letter Outlines, and other study aids for every subject you will take your first year. Follow the link and search by subject area, or for a specific source.

Lexis Study Aids

Lexis publishes a number of study aids, including the "Understanding..." series. There are also resources available on your Lexis for Law Schools main page.

Bloomberg Study Aids

Bloomberg Law is one of the newer commercial databases. They are partnered with Casebriefs, an online platform that has explanations of cases keyed to specific casebooks--you just select which casebook you and in and view case briefs by chapter. It also has extensive outlines of Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Property, and Torts. 

Be sure to check out the home page of Bloomberg Law as well. 

Audio Case Files

Do you have a long drive ahead of you? Or like to take podcasts to the gym? Lexis Courtroom Cast offers a service called AudioCaseFiles, where you can download audio files of landmark cases being read aloud.