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

CALI: More than Lessons

CALI has a lot to offer.  Use the search box at the upper right corner of your CALI screen to explore everything they have on your topic.  For example if you type in “offer” you receive a lot of result.  Not only would you receive hits for lessons but I also received hits from CALIs blog, podcast, and case correlations as well.  Next time you are looking for a CALI lesson try the search box to see what else CALI has to offer.


CALI Time Trial: Learn While Playing a Game

CALI Time Trial (you can also access once signed into CALI) is a fun, interactive online card game that will increase your US Supreme Court knowledge.

How does it work?  You start with one card revealed on your screen.  Each card represents a significant case, amendment or Supreme Court Justice.  From the clues on the card you determine the year of the case or the year the Justice was first appointed.

Next, drag the card to the right or left of the card above. Put the cards in ascending date order from left to right by dragging and dropping them left, right or between the cards in the top row.  Every ten cards you place increases your points per card.time-trial

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