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Guide for First-Year Law Students: Legal Research

This guide will aid new law students in preparing for and surviving the first year of law school. It includes books, audio and video resources, and websites on survival skills and first year courses. Also includes books for international students.

CALI Lessons


More Books


Primary or Secondary?

Primary sources of law come from one of the three branches of government, either federal or state.

  • Case law (from the judiciary--federal and state courts)
  • Statutory law, including constitutions (from the legislature--Congress and state legislatures)
  • Regulations and administrative decisions (from the executive--the President or the Governor)

Secondary sources are everything that is not a primary source,  They explain, discuss or analyze the law, and include treatises, hornbooks, dictionaries, nutshell, and study aids.

Audio & Video Resources