Featured Database: CALI Lessons

As you are starting your new classes, we’d like to remind you about CALI lessons.  If you are unfamiliar, CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials on a wide range of legal subject areas.  Lessons are completely free for our law students. They are useful for mastering material during the semester and for exam preparation.

When registering a new CALI account, you must use our school’s authorization code to create the account. You can get the authorization code at the Reference Desk. You only need to use this authorization code once. After that, you will use the email and password you created when you signed up.  CDs with the lessons are also available at the Reference Desk.

Legal eBooks

Lighten your book load by using ebooks! Many legal books are now available for mobile devices—whether through services like Amazon’s Kindle platform or through free resources, such as those offered by CALI’s eLangdell Bookstore. The eLangdell Bookstore has a variety of free legal ebooks under the Creative Commons license that are available across multiple platforms: PDF, ePub (for non-Kindle reading devices), Mobi (for Kindle), and even MS Word. A few of the topics covered: property, contracts, basic legal citation, evidence, securities law, Federal Rules of Evidence/Civil Procedure/Criminal Procedure, and ethics of tax law. With your CALI username and password you can often access more e-content, too. If you don’t have a CALI account, contact the reference desk and ask for the CALI code. Save your back the effort and try reading an ebook!

Tired of Study Aids?

Review a substantive area of law with a CALI lesson. There are hundreds of interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 40 subject areas. You can obtain the law school authorization code at the Reference Desk or by emailing the reference librarians. Once you have the code, fill out the registration form at the CALI website to receive your password. CALI DVDs are also available at the Reference Desk.

Online Lessons for 1Ls

Review an area of law with a CALI lesson. There are hundreds of interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 40 subject areas. You can obtain the law school authorization code at the Reference Desk and then fill out the registration form at the CALI website to receive your password. CALI DVDs are also available at the Reference Desk.

Some lessons that 1Ls might be interested in are:

The CALI site has many other lessons for 1Ls and lessons on upper level topics.

New CALI Lesson on Washington Secondary Sources

CALI recently posted a new lesson on legal research in Washington using secondary sources. The exquisitely crafted work will certainly become a favorite for 1L’s statewide, as well as a refresher for 2L’s and 3L’s. You will need a password to access this and other CALI lessons. If you need the law school’s activation code, contact the Reference Desk or LawReference@seattleu.edu.

Chance to Win $50 and Tell CALI What You Really Think

CALI is asking law students, faculty and staff who have used its new interface to take a brief survey on the product. CALI claims it should not take more than 10 minutes and “there’s a chance you will win a $50 Amazon gift card.” CALI also says your opinion “helps a bunch.” If you have never used CALI and need the activation code, contact the Law Library Reference Desk.

CALI Goes Mobile

Waiting at the bus stop or in a bar and feeling guilty about not studying? Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) lessons are now available to you on your iPad, iPhone, and other tablets and smartphones. If you don’t know what CALI is, you should learn. Go to the CALI website and see what all it has to offer.