1L Guide on Property

This guide is for One Ls enrolled in 2013-2014 Property Law classes

Where to find Course Reserves

Law Closed Reserves, including course reserves, are behind the Circulation Desk (Information Services). This area of the library is not open for browsing. Give the library staff members or student workers at the circulation desk the call number(s) of the course reserve materials you need and they will retrieve the material for you. Then you use your ACCESS card to check it out. The professor who put the material on closed reserve specifies how long it can be checked out for, usually two hours at a time.

Your professor will usually tell you if s/he has put material on reserve for your class. The author, title and/or call number will often be listed on your syllabus. If not, you can search for reserve materials on OSCAR. If you want to see what's on reserve for your class, search OSCAR Course Reserves by your professor's name or by course name.

If you are searching for a particular book and the location in an OSCAR record is Law Closed Reserve Room, that book has been put on reserve by a law school professor or by the library staff. It might be on reserve for your class; it might be on reserve for a different class.

If you suspect a book is on reserve, but you're not sure of the call number, just explain that to the staff member or student workers at Information Services. If they can't figure out what you need, ask any of the Research Librarians for help.

Study Guides

The library staff keeps the most recent editions of many study guides (outlines) in a different section of closed reserve.  Like course reserves, these materials are behind the circulation desk where they aren't available for public browsing. Call numbers for property study guides begin at KF560.The Property titles available in closed reserve include:

Older editions of commercial outlines are kept in the Open Reserve Room (Stauffer) or in the stacks. Use the same call number (c. KF560) to browse the shelves.

If you have bibliographic information (author, title, edition, publication date) about a study guide, you can try requesting it using Link+ or Interlibrary loan. However, many law libraries also keep these materials on reserve and don't loan them to other libraries.

The Santa Clara University campus bookstore sells study guides. Many are available from Amazon.com and other online booksellers. 

Old Exams

Not all law professors make their previous exams available. Those who do make their old exams available to current students may do so in a few different ways.

Many professors post some of their previous exams on Emery . Sign onto Emery with your Network ID and password. Look for the pull-down menu for "Student," then the link for "Law School Past Exams."

There are binders of recent -- the law two years or so --SCU law exams behind the reference desk, along with an index ( KF292.S3 A2). 

Bound copies of older exams (going back to 1954) are shelved in the Open Reserve Room (Stauffer) at the same call number (KF292.S3 A2).

If your class has a Camino, LexisNexis, or TWEN page, check there for old exams and sample answers.

Heafey Law Library Research Team