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Study and Exam Tips and Resources

This guide offers some suggestions and resources for Boston College Law students' use during exam preparation.

Review Aids

Hornbooks - These are one-volume treatises designed to present major topics in an area of law, e.g. Corbin on Contracts is a hornbook.  To find a hornbook, search the Catalog or consult the research guide titled Major Legal Treatises by Subject.

Examples & Explanations - This series sets out explanations of major topics in law, e.g. Civil Procedure Examples and Explanations.  Written by law school professors, the series includes sample problems and answers ("Explanations") to aid in your study. BC Law Library offers access to both print and electronic formats for E&E titles.  To locate E&R titles online, use this link and enter your BC network credentials when prompted. Older print editions are in the general collection to check out; the most recent editions copies are on Permanent Reserve for 2 hour loan.

Photograph of Examples and Explanations The Law of Torts, Corporate Finance in a Nutshell, and Admiralty and Maritime treatise

  • ProView - The ProView collection consists of e-books accessible using your Westlaw password.  Offered as part of Westlaw's Practice Ready tools, these e-books mirror the print treatises in the BC Law Library's collection.  You can search titles across a variety of subjects.


CALI Lessons

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials published by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. With BC Law's CALI membership, you have access to over 900 interactive lessons in over 30 legal subjects. 

The Law School Study Skills Fellowship has created a new series of CALI lessons devoted to aiding law students in mastering their curriculum. These lessons include Outlining Basics, Case Briefing and Attacking Exams. 

You must have an account with CALI to access the lessons.  Registration requires our school’s authorization code.  Our code is available by checking with the Law Library's Information Desk. You only need to use this authorization code the first time you register.  You can find registration instructions here: under the heading User Accounts.

Online Exam Prep Help

Selected Readings on Law School Exams