1L Guide on Criminal Law

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

Where to find Course Reserves ?

Law Closed Reserves, including course reserves, are behind the Information Services desk. This area of the library is not open for browsing. Give the student workers at the circulation desk the call number of the course reserve materials you need and they retrieve the book 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 student workers at the Information Services desk. If they can't figure out what you need, come to the Research Services office if it's open or ask the library staff member at Information Services for help.


Past 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.

There are binders of recent -- the law two years or so --SCU law exams behind the Information Services 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).

There is also a collection of law school exams on ClaraNet: click on Law School Exams, then look through thte indices (EXAMS2050, EXAMS2051) or scroll through by subject.

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


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 Information Services desk where they aren't available for public browsing. Call numbers for criminal law study guides begin at KF9219.85. The Criminal Law 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 them 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. 

Heafey Law Library Research Team