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Yes, CALI dues are increasing (and here's why).

Now that we've sent notice to schools and it has shown up on the blogs, we want to acknowledge here that, yes, CALI member dues for law schools will be going up over the next two years. We plan to deliver more content to you, our members, with this increased contribution. Most notably: five eLangdell casebooks a year and more CALI lessons. We want the changes that lie ahead to be as transparent as possible. So please contact us with feedback and questions. Read on for more details and reasoning in our Executive Director's letter to membership.

Join CALI Executive Director Live on Monday

The Law School Tech Talk podcast will be talking with John Mayer, our Executive Director, live on Monday, 1/31 at Noon EST/11 CDT. He'll be talking about eLangdell - our electronic casebook initiative - and this summer's CALI conference, among other CALI projects. Attending the live broadcast is free.

eLangdell Preview at AALS

We're about to publish casebooks that are free for law students and law professors to use on multiple formats (iPad, Kindle, PDF, etc.). AALS meeting attendees got a preview of some casebook chapters, and now you can, too, at

Your reaction to eLangdell has been overwhelmingly positive. Read some early write-ups and mentions here, here, and here. We especially like this part from The Librarian at Law. Read it below...

CALI at AALS Meeting

If you're in San Francisco for the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting this year, you should stop by and say hi to the staff at CALI's exhibitor booth. We'll all be there! Ask us about our electronic casebook initiative, eLangdell, if you're interested in adopting open casebooks that are freely available to your students. We'll also be demoing a new version of CALI lessons (hint: this version is compatible with iPads and smartphones).

Are you new to

So you're new to Welcome to our site. But what do you do next? How do you access all of this great content? Well, like most websites, you create an account. But to access the lessons there's one tiny registration step that's a little different than most websites: the CALI Authorization Code. Sound confusing? It's not. Watch this 2 minute video to learn how to create an authorized account at

Finding your match in law school with CALI

We know how it is. You want what everyone else does. But you're in law school, so there's just not enough time. And, let's be honest, it's getting late in the game for you. With so many options, it's like there are none at all. There has to be a better way to find the right one than leaving it up to chance. Well, fear not; CALI has 7 scientifically proven* ways to help you find the CALI lesson that fits perfectly with what you are studying in law school. Read more...

Tell your law students about CALI Lessons

With turkey day over, law school exam season is in full swing. Most students have hours and hours of outlining, reading, and supplemental material reviewing ahead of them. You know what your students would appreciate? A study tool that's just as (or more) effective and free to them, but that's also a break from the same old study routine. Suggest CALI Lessons. Read more...

Bookmarking CALI Lessons

Our website has a handy bookmarking feature. You click the "Bookmark this" button and that lesson magically appears in your "My Bookmarks" page linked from your right hand menu. Your bookmarks are stored there, safe and sound until you delete them, for you to run the lessons at a later time. For you Internet Explorer users experiencing bookmark problems and error messages, there are workarounds. Read the FAQ on bookmarks.

Important info about CMS links to CALI lessons

CALI lessons are easy to assign to students. Just copy the URL that leads directly to a lesson; paste it wherever you want, see: This works for referring to CALI through email, a website, or any Course Management System. But there is a right and wrong way to post links to CALI in a CMS. Make sure you set all CALI links from within your CMS to open in a new window. Read more.

Help! There's a new tab on our website.

We have a bunch of FAQs to help you along at; they can help you do things like register, save your score, or track student lesson usage (only if you're a prof on that last one, of course). Now the FAQs are even easier to find and navigate. Just click the Help tab in the upper right, and choose the appropriate topic to see a list of FAQs in that topic.

Learn about Classcaster - free blogging & podcasting for your class

Law profs: want to learn how to use blogging and podcasting to engage your students? CALI is hosting live webinars on how to create and maintain a class blog using our free blogging network, Classcaster. Part one on Wed., Nov. 17 will show you how to create a class blog and introduce basic features. Part two on Wed., Dec. 1 will teach you how to integrate audio and create an iTunes podcast. Sign up to join us live.