News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

CALI: Where and What

CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium.  Most members are law schools in the US.  CALI focuses on computer legal instruction.  CALI is best known for its CALI lessons and tutorials, along with the CALI Awards (officially CALI Excellence for the Future Awards).  Almost all law schools in the US are members of the CALI consortium.

Where can you get access to CALI?  The easiest way is from the law library’s homepage.  You can access under “Quicklinks” then click CALI.  You will need to create your own CALI login if you haven’t already.  To create a CALI login click on the link for “Authorization Code” under “Quicklinks” and follow the steps.

All 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons as are the vast majority of upper level ones.  You can also look for lessons based on a casebook too. By searching by casebook, you can be assured that the lesson will be based o the same casebook used in your class.

As always, if you have any questions about CALI, Ask your friendly librarians.

The Other Guys Continues in October with CALI

The law library is promoting what we are calling “The Other Guys”—i.e. those other databases besides Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg, that all students and faculty have access to.  The law library will be promoting several this semester.  Last month we featured HeinOnline.  This month we will feature CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction).  In November we will be highlighting US Supreme Court Records and Briefs.


The promotions include demonstrations of the databases, tips and tricks via our blog, and a monthly contest.  The schedule for CALI for October is:

  • Monday October 10-Thursday October 13 11am-1pm: CALI demonstrations with a law librarian in the computer lab;


  • Monday October 17-Wednesday October 20: Blog posts on CALI;


  • Week of Monday October 24th: CALI Contest for a $50 Amazon gift card


Bar Exam Materials

scalesEven when you are taking Barbri, you still may want additional materials to help studying for the bar exam.  No matter what individual subject you are interested in delving into, the law library has plenty of study aids: books (in print and ebooks), flashcards, and CALI lessons.  Along with those, I thought it might also be helpful to point out to our readers specific titles related to the bar exam that may be of use:

The Bar Exam in a Nutshell

Multistate Bar Exam Questions

Bar Exam Survival Kit

If I Don’t Pass the Bar I’ll die : 73 Ways to Keep Stress and Worry From Affecting Your Performance on the Bar Exam

Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays

Apps to Help You Study

It seems that spring has finally arrived. It’s time for sunnier weather and baseball, but also those dreaded final exams. If you’re already feeling burned out, you may want to try a new approach to refresh your study habits.

First, check out our Study Aid Guide. CALI Lessons and Digital Study Aid eBooks are available with your log-in and can be accessed from anywhere.

Next, if you are looking for something a little more mobile, there are many apps available for smartphones and tablets.

Free Flashcard Apps: Both of these apps are free and allow you to create your own sets of digital flashcards on your phone, instead of carrying around stacks of 300 index cards. These apps also let you browse and download existing sets from other users (use caution here, not all content may be accurate).

Fee-based Apps:
Law Dojo  – Currently available for iOS, features a variety of games to test your legal knowledge, prices vary by topic but generally less than $5.

Law in a Flash sets from Wolters Kluwer are now available in app form, check GooglePlay or the iTunes store for the topics you need. Prices vary, usually around $20 per topic.

LexisNexis Law School Q&A Series is also now available as an app, in both the GooglePlay and iTunes stores. The app includes 39 legal subject areas, each costing about $20.

Are you an auditory learner? Try Study Songs available for iOS. This app features key legal concepts for the MBE, set to music. The app is free and includes 3 free tracks, then users can select additional tracks for $2.99 each.

If you are looking for other law school-related apps, don’t forget about our Mobile Apps for Law Students Guide.

New CALI Lesson on Ohio Citation by Prof. Broering-Jacobs


Congratulations to Prof. Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, director of the Legal Writing Program on publishing Ohio Citation, one of the newest CALI lessons. The lesson covers Ohio citation based on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s guide, Writing Manual: A Guide to Citations, Style and Judicial Opinion Writing. Prof. Broering-Jacobs wrote the lesson with Rebecca Mattson, Scholarly Communications & Faculty Services Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. Mattson formerly worked as a librarian at the C|M|Law Library.

The Ohio Citation lesson runs 45 minutes. A student authorization and registration code is required to access the lesson.