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Law Student's Guide to the Law Library During COVID-19 Shutdown

Study Aids

During the shutdown access to books and other physical items in the Law Library’s Reserve Collection is not available. However, many of the study aid publications and treatises are available online to U of M Law students. In addition, several casebook publishers have made eBook versions of their texts available to law students. Below is a summary of the online access options available to our law students.

Study Aids & Treatises: Students have access to the following study aids collections:

  • West Academic Study Aids Digital Collection: includes all West nutshell and hornbook titles and more. 
  • Carolina Academic Press Study Aids: includes the Mastering, Q & A, Skills & Values, and Understanding series, as well as treatises on various areas of law and practice. Sign in with your x500 ID and password.
  • Wolters Kluwer Study Aids
    Features eBook versions of these study aid series: Examples & ExplanationsCrunchtimeGlannon GuidesCasenotes Legal Briefs, and more.  Individuals can log in to annotate and highlight resources, but titles are available without creating a personal account. Titles are available online through June 30.

Self Assessment Tools


The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is an organization best known for its online interactive tutorials. These educational tutorials on legal topics, known as CALI Lessons, are authored by law faculty and peer-reviewed by the CALI editorial board. There are over 950 CALI Lessons on 35 legal subjects. Most of the lessons have quizzes to help you understand the material as you go through the lesson. 

CALI Lessons help you gain a better understanding of a particular law school subject or legal concept. 

Examples of CALI Lessons:

  • How to Brief a Case
  • Legal Research by State
  • Anatomy of a Case
  • Citation Form for Briefs and Memoranda 
  • Civil and Criminal Statutes
  • General Concepts of Damages in Torts
  • and many, many more! 

CALI also has a section that suggests lessons that correlate to casebooks:

If you do not already have your CALI authorization code, email the reference librarians at!  

West Academic Assessment

West Academic Assessment includes a quiz bank, providing a self-assessment tool for numerous legal subjects. If you do not already have a West Academic account, you will need to create one at (Note that this is a West Academic account, which differs from a Westlaw password.) Note: Step-by-step instructions for using West Academic Assessment were sent as an email attachment to all students on 3/20/20.


Have questions regarding selecting or accessing study aids?

Please contact the Law Library reference librarians at

University of Minnesota Law Library
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