Past examinations are critical for studying for upcoming exams. These are mainly available online, but there is also a limited selection available in print in the Hyder Popular Reading Room on the second floor of the library. (There is a chance you may find some exams in one place and not the other.)
Online, you can search or browse previous exams by course or faculty. For the print, look for the set of blue bound volumes in the Hyder Popular Reading Room; they are shelved in chronological reverse order by semester.
And finally, don’t forget study aids written for law students, such as nutshells. You can browse Tarlton’s guide on study aids for help finding those in Tarlton’s collection or browse the Hyder Popular Reading Room on the 2nd floor.
With 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:
- Get the authorization code for Texas Law.
- You can do this by stopping by Tarlton’s reference or circulation desks and asking for a CALI card.
- Or, you can also retrieve it online via Tarlton’s Databases page, alphabetically listed under CALI.
- Once you have the code, go to http://www.cali.org and, on the right side of the screen, click the link for “Register”.
- 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. You can search for lessons in a variety of ways, including by topic and by casebook.
This November marks the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg war crime trials. With the conclusion of World War II earlier in 1945, the necessary but unenviable task began of meting out justice to surviving Nazi leaders through military tribunals.
The first tribunal began on November 14, 1945 and ran through October 1, 1946. The documents from this prosecution of “major war criminals” were collected into a huge multi-volume work known as the Blue Set (available online and in print). Tarlton is fortunate to have trial notebooks from one of the later tribunals in its Special Collections. In 1947, President Truman appointed Mallory B. Blair, a 1912 Texas Law graduate, to serve on a 3-judge panel of a separate trial for members of the judiciary. Tarlton’s collection also contains a wealth of scholarly works on these landmark trials. There are two main subject headings to explore:
These trials made a deep enough impression on society that they even became a subject of a full length feature film, 1961’s award-winning Judgment at Nuremberg, part of Tarlton’s Law in Popular Culture Collection,
For those interested in further research, other libraries across the country hold extensive collections related to the trials:
Dorothy C. Most, 1925
A 1925 graduate of the law school, the intelligent, artistic Dorothy Most kept a detailed scrapbook of her time at the University of Texas. Most graduated from high school in Houston and earned her A.B. in 1924 before enrolling in the law school. After graduation, she worked for Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood in Houston. In 1930, she moved to New York City where she was named Dean of Women at St. John’s College School of Law. She earned her J.S.D. from St. John’s in 1931. In addition to her legal background, Most was an accomplished violinist who studied at the Houston Conservatory of Music and Julliard School of Music. While in New York, she served as director of the Brooklyn Opera Company. Most later returned to Texas and practiced law until her death in 1983.
The Tarlton Law Library recently digitized a scrapbook created by Dorothy Most during her years at the University. Most’s scrapbook contains a wealth of memorabilia, photographs, correspondence, greeting cards, newspaper articles, ephemera, and anecdotes related to students, faculty, events, and activities at the University of Texas and its law school. The pages are heavily annotated with her own comments and thoughts, providing a glimpse of both public and private aspects of a female student’s life in the 1920s. Also present are a few items related to her job search after graduation and her time at Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood in Houston. After 1933, the only known additions are a 1939 letter from Dean Ira P. Hildebrand and some annotations in red ink, dated 1975.