CALI offers a podcast series on Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students

CALI's Director of Curriculum Development, Deb Quentel, spoke with six law professors about outlines, studying for class, preparing for exams, time management, and how professors grade exams. The conversations were recorded as podcasts. While these podcasts are not intended to take the place of a conversation with your professor, the professors hope that these podcasts give law students additional insight into the exam process.

New eLangdell Press casebook available - Corporate Tax (Second Edition)

This second edition casebook is a basic corporate tax text. It is intended to be suitable for a three-hour law school course. The text is designed to be accessible to law students from widely different backgrounds. However, the material assumes that students already have taken a course in basic income tax. The casebook includes links to numerous CALI tutorials allowing students to asses their knowledge throughout the course.

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CALI is exhibiting at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (AALS 2020)

Visit CALI at AALS 2020 to learn firsthand how our library of legal education resources can be utilized in your classroom to help law students succeed. Stop by the CALI booth (#401) in the exhibit hall to check out the demos on:

  • QuizWright® - a web app that lets law faculty write individual MC, T/F, Y/N questions, save the questions in a personal question bank, bundle the questions into quizzes, and uses CALI AutoPublish to publish the quizzes to the CALIwebsite where students take the quizzes as formative assessments either live in class or as homework.
  • CALI Lessons - are 1000+ interactive tutorials in 30+ areas of the law written (and peer-reviewed) by law faculty and constantly kept up to date.  Combined with CALI LessonLink and CALI LessonLive, professors will have the ability to track students' usage and scores in real-time.
  • CALI LessonLink - a service that law faculty can use to create a unique URL for a CALI Lesson that allows the professor to track the students' scores and usage down to the individual question.  LessonLink lets faculty use CALI Lessons as formative assessments.
  • eLangdell® Press - free casebooks and book chapters authored by law faculty.  All are available under a Creative Commons license so that faculty and students can use and remix the materials to suit their educational needs.

Alex Zhang Becomes the Newest CALI Author

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction is pleased to announce that Alex Zhang has become our newest CALI Author.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as the Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Prior to W&L, Alex was the Head of Public Services and Lecturer in Law at Stanford University Law School. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and a Chinese Law Certificate from Nanjing University, China and a M.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University. She attended the University of Kansas Law School earning her J.D. with a certificate in International Trade and Finance Law in 2006. She also received a M.S.I from the University of Michigan, School of Information in 2009. Alex taught Advanced Legal Research at both Stanford Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.

Her current lesson is "Michigan Legal Research: Secondary Resources."

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Michigan Legal Research: Secondary Resources

This lesson shows how to research Michigan state law using secondary sources. This lesson assumes the audience has access to WestlawEdge, Lexis Advance and HeinOnline. We will walk through a research scenario together using a few major types of secondary resources discussing Michigan state law, including encyclopedia, American Law Reports, treatises, journals and law reviews and free online resources.

Speak with John Mayer about distance learning during the Online & Hybrid Learning Meeting 2019

Whether distance education and other modern learning tools work in legal education is no longer in question. Outcomes-oriented design, integral formative and summative assessment, online simulations, asynchronous learning, and other hallmarks of distance education have demonstrated efficacy in law teaching for 20 years (though a robust empirical research agenda has yet to develop.) The interesting questions now center around how and where these modern learning tools and disciplines can be used to best advantage.

Expertise now abounds among the academy, and this conference aims to collect and share it. The ABA has opened up legal education to a full year of online learning, and perhaps more significantly, to as much as a third of the first year.  Bringing together leaders of legal education and law school innovation, “Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education” will nurture the emerging consensus on best practices in a new era of change and challenge in legal education. 

For faculty looking to engage distracted students, there’s no better place to come and learn. For deans and administrators considering online learning offerings at their schools, and who are looking to encourage stronger academic performance and better outcomes for a new generation of law students, the tools discussed at this conference will help to improve evaluation and development of student capacities.  For the practice minded, experts on classroom and hybrid online applications will critically examine questions of balance, when live classrooms work best, and where teaching is better done in a hybrid or fully online learning environment.