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Law School Affordable Course Materials

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Boston College Law School is a member of CALI (Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) and all BC Law faculty and  students have access to CALI resources. You will need to register for a password; check with a reference librarian.

  • Open access casebooks: CALI's eLangdell® Press publishes free, open ebooks for legal education. Educators can adopt and edit eLangdell's Creative Commons licensed casebooks without charge. Students and faculty can use any eLangdell casebooks for free. Locate open casebooks available through CALI here
  • Interactive lessons: Lessons form the foundation of CALI instructional materials. Lessons can be assigned and linked through BC Law's Canvas learning management system. Faculty can create Lessonlinks through CALI to review their students' performance on assigned lessons.
  • Podcasts: CALI content includes podcasts devoted to law school course topics and academic success issues for integrating into course content.

Harvard H2O Open Casebook Project

H2O serves as a free platform for law faculty to create and share casebooks and related class resources. The H2O Open Casebook Project is developed  by the Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School Library. 

There are over 300 open-licensed casebooks and other course resources available on the platform. 

In April 2022, MIT Press and Harvard Law School Library launched the Open Casebook series of affordable printed textbooks for 1L courses. 

 

Study aids and other resources

BC Law faculty and students have access to licensed content in these sources. Consult the BC Law librarians for assistance. 

Digital versions of popular Aspen online study aids, including Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, Emanuel Law Outlines, Emanuel CrunchTime, Casenote Legal Briefs, and others.

Additional Sources for Course Materials

Cambridge University Press - Offers open access to selected journal articles and books. 

Digital Public Library of America - Open access to text, video, audio and image files.

Directory of Open Access Books - Lists scholarly open access texts. 

HathiTrust - Digitized resources from major research libraries and institutions; many documents are in the public domain.

MERLOT - Free resources, including assignments and links to online material, that are targeted to higher education students and faculty.

OER Commons - A source for many open access, college level textbooks organized by subject.

Open Professionals Education Network - Guide for locating open access textual, audio and video resources. 

Open Textbook Library - Resource guide for over 1,000 open textbooks.

Oxford University Press - Selected titles are available under a Creative Commons license. 

Federal Primary Law Sources

  • FEDERAL CASE LAW

You can locate federal case law on open government sites as well as on Google Scholar:

 U.S. Supreme Court - decisions from U.S. Supreme Court from v. 1, 1732 to date, available from Google Scholar.

U.S. Courts of Appeal - decisions from circuit courts from v. 1, F. 1932 to date. Note: last few months may not be available on Google Scholar but can be obtained on the individual circuit's website.

U.S. District Courts - decisions from U.S. District Courts beginning with v. 1, F.Supp., 1932 to date.  Last several months may not be available on Google Scholar but can be obtained on the individual court's website.

Caselaw Access Project offers a complete back file of federal case law. 

  • FEDERAL STATUTES AND U.S. CODE

U.S. Code - available free in authenticated format on Government Publishing Office GovInfo website; text is in pdf format.  U.S.C. is also available on website of the  Office of Law Revision Counsel with recent updates.

Statutes at Large - available from 104th Congress (1995) forward on Government Publishing Office GovInfo website; text is authenticated and in pdf format. Earlier coverage is available using the Law Library's HeinOnline subscription (select HeinOnline and log in using your BC credentials); statutes are in pdf format.

  • FEDERAL COURT RULES

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts posts current rules of practice and procedure in pdf format. The same site offers access to superseded rules pamphlets. 

Federal Rules of Evidence Handbook with Common Objections and Evidentiary Foundations - This handbook from Professor John Barkai includes common trial objections and evidentiary foundations as well as a brief history of the F.R.E.

  • FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Code of Federal Regulations - available on Govinfo in annual editions; the eCFR website provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations with current revisions. 

Federal Register - available on Govinfo in annual editions in pdf format; access the current daily Federal Register on the Federalregister.gov website. 

State Primary Law Sources

State case law: available from Google Scholar from 1950 to present. Caselaw Access Project offers more complete backfiles. 

State statutory codes: available on the individual state's website; may not be the official edition.

State session laws:  available on the individual state's website for recent years; HeinOnline's Session Law Library contains pdf files all states' session laws back to origin of state.

State administrative codes: Legal Information Institute maintains this listing of state regulatory codes.  Note: not all state administrative codes are accessible without a subscription. 

State administrative registers: The National Association of Secretaries of State maintains a listing of all state administrative registers.  Note: not all state administrative registers are accessible without a subscription.