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Study Aids Available

Room A066 (on the Atrium level, one floor below the main level) is where you can find study aids available in print and on CD for checkout. Some of the most popular titles, which address many areas of law, include: UnderstandingQ&AExamples and ExplanationsSum and SubstanceNutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out, a copy may be available in the reference section on the first floor for use in the library.

Law in a Flash flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk; they circulate for three days. Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.

How to Read a Legal Opinion

Orin S. Kerr has written the perfect short essay for new law students: How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students (there are links to download the article or open in a PDF on the page). This article, originally published in 2007, has been updated and is still of great use to new law students. New students have a lot to learn regarding the Socratic Method and preparing to be called on in class. Kerr’s article helps by showing the structure of judicial opinions and what to look out for when reading them.

Study Smarter

The Law Library has many materials to help you study throughout the semester, including professors’ past exams, which are posted on the library website (log in with your CSU ID and pin). Whether to post and which exams to post is up to the individual professor⁠—some choose not to place their exams online, but many do offer examples. Typically you’ll find the exam questions without answers. Good luck as you start to study for exams!

 

Room A066 (on the Atrium level, one floor below the main level) is where all of the the study aids available in print and on CD for checkout are located. Some of the most popular titles, which address many areas of law, include: UnderstandingQ&AExamples and ExplanationsSum and SubstanceNutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines. If a title is checked out, a copy may be available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor.

 

Law in a Flash Flashcards are also available for checkout at the circulation desk in the law library. The flashcards circulate for three days. Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

The C|M|Law Library wishes all of our students the best of luck on this week’s Ohio Bar Exam.

We will still be here for your legal research needs as you begin your career.

Breathe… you can do it!  You are almost at the finish line.

Good luck!

Meet a Treatise: Farnsworth on Contracts

This post is the second in an occasional series in which the basics on the most important treatises in U.S. and Ohio law are provided, covering its background and where to find it, both in the library and online (if applicable).

Farnsworth on Contracts

Background: Edward Allan Farnsworth (1928-2005) was one of America’s most renowned legal scholars on contracts. His writings were standard reference in courtrooms and law schools. Farnsworth is most known for Farnsworth on Contracts. Farnsworth also worked as a reporter for 10 years on the Restatement (Second) of Contracts. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1952 and soon began teaching there as the school’s youngest professor. Farnsworth taught at the school for over 50 years.

What it is: Long respected for its clarity and accessibility, Farnsworth on Contracts is a treatise relied upon by student, practitioner, and courts. The treatise provides comprehensive coverage of most if not all issues in contracts classes. Farnsworth illustrates how contemporary contract law has been shaped by both the Restatement (Second) of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code. Drafting tips and cross references are very helpful features in this treatise.

Where to find it: Farnsworth on Contracts is available in print in the reference section of the library. Electronically, Farnsworth can be found on the Cheetah platform (a Wolters-Kluwer product) and is available to all students and staff (see previous post on all Cheetah treatise offerings).

For more information on available treatises, check out our Major Legal Treatises research guide.