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

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

Library Week: Library Apps

NLW-PSA-because-libraries-transform-lives-every-day-more-white-spaceWe’re continuing to celebrate National Library Week and the many ways that “Libraries Transform.” Libraries not only change people and communities, but also often must change themselves to keep up with new technology and users’ needs. One of the transformations that libraries have made is in providing an increasing amount of interactive and digital content. C|M|LAW Library provides ebooks through Overdrive, and “Chat with a Librarian” for when you need reference assistance and you’re off-campus.

Libraries are also making more information available for users on the go. The Library of Congress has made some legal information available in mobile apps. The Congressional Record App puts the daily edition of the Congressional Record on your Apple devices in a mobile-friendly format. The Library of Congress also maintains The U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation app. This app is a comprehensive mobile treatise that includes a clause-by-clause discussion, all Supreme Court cases interpreting the Constitution, and lists of all laws deemed unconstitutional by the Court.



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.

E-books, February Contest Winner and March Contest

understandingMegan Bennett was the winner of our February contest: a $50 Playhouse Square gift card. Be on the lookout for March’s contest this week.

The point of the contest was to expose students to our ebooks. Thanks to all who participated.

As you’re lining up your study materials for the fast-approaching reading and exam period, keep in mind that we offer digital study aids through the Overdrive platform. Titles include popular study aids from Gilbert’s, the Understanding series, the Q&A series, nutshells, and more. Log in with your CSU login credentials (what you use to log in to the computer lab in the library). You can download these digital study aids to any electronic device and renew them as needed.

And the Winners of the 1L CALI Contest Are….

  1. CAROLINE NELSON – Emanuel Law in a Flash 1L flashcard set
  2. ERIN DORRIS-ASTLEY – E-book Certificates for Understanding Civil Procedure and Understanding Torts
  3. KIM CUNNINGHAM – the book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

All winners should contact Becky Mattson at (216) 523-7388 or

Congrats to our winners and thank you to all our participants!