1L Guide on Criminal Law

This is an introductory guide for 1Ls enrolled in Criminal Law during the 2014-15 academic year.

Criminal Law

Welcome to Criminal Law!

Your professor may assign readings before the first class session. Check the law school bulletin board, Camino, and your email account for details. At the first class session, law professors will distribute a syllabus. This syllabus, including any subsequent revisions, will usually be available online via LexisNexis, TWEN, Camino, or other courseware.  Your professor will supply the information you need to access it there. Our Westlaw and Lexis representatives, student representatives, and our Lexis and Westlaw liaison, Ellen Platt, can assist you with TWEN and LexisNexis.

This research guide is a supplement to, not a substition for, any materials which your Criminal Law professor recommends. It identifies materials available in the Heafey Law Library and via law library susbcriptions which you may find useful in studying criminal law throughout the semester and in preparing for your exam.

Please keep in mind that the law library does not purchase law school textbooks. We will have the textbook for your Criminal Law class only if your professor has put copies on reserve for the class, or if previous students have donated their textbooks after finishing the class. In the latter case, the textbook may already be out of date. If you want to check on our holdings, use OSCAR -- the law library catalog -- to search by author or title for the texts and supplements listed on your syllabus.

Stop by the Research Services offices, email the Research librarians, or use the Chat with librarian instant messaging if you have questions that aren't answered by this guide.

Good luck and enjoy!