CALI Lessons

CALIWith the end of the semester approaching, you may want to start taking advantage of CALI lessons to help you prepare for exams. CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) includes tutorials that are created by law school faculty for students.  There are over 950 web-based lessons covering more than 35 law school subjects.  The University of Texas School of Law is a member of CALI, so the lessons are available to you.

If you haven’t already done so, here’s how you can set up a CALI account:

  1. Stop by the reference or circulation desks to obtain UT Law’s authorization code. You can also access it via Tarlton’s Databases page, alphabetically listed under CALI.
  2. Once you have this code, go to and, on the right side of the screen, click the link for “Register”.
  3. Complete the registration process, which will require you to create your own username and password, in addition to entering your CALI authorization code.

Once you have registered with CALI, you will have full access to all of their resources, and you can search for lessons in a variety of ways including by topic and by casebook.

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Library Thanksgiving Hours

The Tarlton Law Library will close at 6pm on Wednesday (11/26) and will remain closed on Thursday (11/27) and Friday (11/28). The Library will resume normal operations on Saturday (11/29). Extended hours for finals will start on Sunday (11/30). Beginning on Monday (12/1), library access will be limited to members of the law school community and patrons using the collection during the finals period.

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Studying for Exams

It’s that time of year again, and exams are right around the corner. But have no fear, the Library is here to help. Read more ›

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New title at Tarlton by David Boies and Ted Olson

David Boies and Theodore B. Olson. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality. New York, New York: Viking, 2014. Read more ›

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Congressional Committee Prints Now on HeinOnline


Researchers of federal legislative histories take note–HeinOnline has added another piece of the legislative history puzzle to its database, hundreds of U.S. Congressional committee prints. Contained within HeinOnline’s larger U.S. Congressional Documents collection, this subcollection contains over 850 titles and more than 200,000 pages. (Selected committee prints are also available online from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)’s FDsys site.)

Among legislative history research materials, committee prints are lesser known, but can still be useful for statutory interpretation by trying to decipher legislative intent. As FDsys explains, committee prints can contain “draft reports and bills, directories, statistical materials, investigative reports, historical reports, situational studies, confidential staff reports, hearings, and legislative analyses.” In other words, committee prints differ from other legislative history materials because they are made to aid committee members in their work behind the scenes. Committee prints are often not announced for public distribution and don’t exist for the same public reporting function as committee reports and the like. The National Archives puts it more colorfully–“most prints became ‘fugitive’ documents as soon as they were published.”

Because Congress likes to make laws that bind everyone but themselves, procedures for publishing these prints differ by committee. Unfortunately for legislative history researchers, the formatting is not uniform nor is numbering system. (The Senate has a system for numbering its Committee Prints, but the House does not.) Fortunately, HeinOnline’s addition of committee prints provides another avenue for searching and locating the ones on point for legislative history research.

For more assistance with legislative history research generally, please see Tarlton’s Federal Legislative History research guide.


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New title at Tarlton about judicial theater

Jon Hall. Cicero’s Use of Judicial Theater. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2014. Read more ›

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