Past Exams and Study Aids for Students

entrance 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 hornbooks and 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.

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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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Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext Over the Summer & After Graduation

It’s easier than ever now to conduct legal research over the summer, and even for some time after you graduate. Read more ›

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Thanks for participating in the Tarlton survey!

Our thanks to the hundreds of law students who participated in this year’s survey! We take this feedback seriously, and the responses will help us improve Library resources and services for law students. Congratulations to Allison Miller, the winner of the survey prize of a University Co-op gift card.

View the summary of survey results here.

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New title at Tarlton about sports and the law

Samuel O. Regalado and Sarah K. Fields. Sport and the Law: Historical and Cultural Intersections. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2014. Read more ›

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May It Please the Court: Oral Argument Resources

statuteNow that the brief is written, it is on to oral arguments! If you are a 1L preparing for your first oral argument, you may find it helpful to listen to a hot bench or two.

The highest level for oral arguments is, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court does not allow its oral arguments to be broadcast live or filmed, leaving written transcripts and audio as the remaining options. You may already be familiar with SCOTUSblog, a site devoted to the Court and all its minutiae. And C-SPAN, well known for its broadcasts of political proceedings, also offers audio of selected arguments from the Court. However, the resource with the most complete set of oral argument resources for the U.S. Supreme Court is Oyez.  At Oyez, you can listen to arguments or download podcasts of arguments as far back as 1968, with some selected cases going even further back to 1955.

Oyez is very user friendly to use. Consider Dothard v. Rawlinson, 433 U.S. 321 (1977), one of the Court’s decisions on the bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception in employment discrimination. For this case, Oyez provides audio of the oral argument and the opinion announcement, along with helpful details such as images of the justices, organized by who authored or joined the majority opinion.

Lower courts vary in how readily accessible they make their oral arguments. The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has a no frills oral arguments site and, while the exact dates of coverage is unclear (possibly as far back as 1994), the collection at least goes far enough back to include the audio for its relatively recent BFOQ decision Henry v. Milwaukee County, 539 F.3d 573 (2008), about female corrections officers.

Here in Texas, we are fortunate that the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court both make oral arguments available in some fashion. The 5th Circuit provides audio back to 2008, and the Texas Supreme Court offers video back to 2007. Thus one of the 5th Circuit’s more recent decisions on the BFOQ, EEOC v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 560 Fed.Appx. 282 (2014) is available for a listen.

For further reading on the art of oral argument, check out Tarlton’s related titles. One work particularly worth highlighting is A Good Quarrel: America’s Top Legal Reporters Share Stories from Inside the Supreme Courtedited by Timothy R. Johnson and Jerry Goldman. To add to the fun, this book comes with an online companion of audio clips of the arguments discussed.

Good luck with your oral arguments!

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