CALI has over 104 interactive lessons dealing with various aspects of legal research and 23 interactive lessons on legal writing. If you haven't slready set up your CALI account, check with the reference librarian in Mabie to receive the access codes needed to set up your individual account before accessing the lessons.
CALI Lessons on Legal Writing
The lessons on legal writing range from exercises in citation, how to brief cases, exam writing, and plagiarism.
CALI Lesson: Legal research 101: the tools of the trade
This lesson is intended as an introduction to the basic resources for researching the law and does not cover research methods using either print or online sources. It is most appropriate for law students during their first semester and would also be useful in paralegal studies. The lesson presumes no prior knowledge of how to do legal research. It is, therefore, not intended for the advanced legal researcher, except perhaps as a refresher.
Links to Exam Preparation
Exam Study Tips
This link has suggestions for accessing study aids in the law library. In addition there are suggested texts on how to write successful law school exams.
Article of Interest
Here is a link to an article published in California Bar Journal (November 2010) by Judge Andrew J. Guilford. In it he discusses ways to achieve clarity in legal writing.
Legal Research and Writing
Culture to culture : a guide to U.S. legal writing
Call Number: KF250 R354 2005 Law Open Reserve Room
This text offer students tools for reading U.S. texts, analyzing U.S. problems with a special emphasis on issue formulation, researching U.S. sources, organizing U.S. analytical patterns, and writing in acceptable U.S. legal styles. The book also introduces current conventions through U.S. legal texts, including letters, memos, transactional documents, briefs, exams, and scholarly papers.
Introduction to U.S. law and legal research
Call Number: KF240 N42 2005 Law Open Reserve Room
This text discusses the major differences that exist between the U.S. legal system and other systems of law. It offers a solid introductory foundation of American law and legal research techniques. It discusses major differences and similarities between the US common law system and the civil law system. It contains clear, straightforward commentary of legal resources and analyzes in-print and online sources of law.
Legal reasoning, research, and writing for international graduate students
Call Number: KF240 N43 2008 Law Open Reserve Room
This text offers broad coverage and skill-building exercises for legal research and writing and is geared toward LL.M. students. The author has tailored the book to the needs of students who are either unfamiliar with U.S. law, or who are still in the process of mastering English, or both.
Legal writing for international students
Call Number: KF250 .R43 2005 Law Open Reserve
This text teaches both the legal writing requirements of the US legal system and essay writing structure in several modes, while reviewing advanced grammar. Legal brief writing, contracts, business letter writing,legal research,and the 'irac' format are discussed, using authentic examples. Summary writing, report and reaction, comparisons, and persuasive writing are explained with examples of each. All writing and grammar exercises are designed to offer further practice using legal contexts. The textbook is suitable for classroom use for ESL law and pre-law students, as well as for independent study by attorneys who collaborate on cases or in organizations that require an understanding of the US legal system.
Heafey Law Library Research Team