Survival Guide for New Students

I. STUDYING
II. RESEARCHING
III. ETCETERA 

 


I. STUDYING:


 

Welcome to Cornell Law School! From August to May, your life will focus on seven subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Lawyering, Property, and Torts.

 

A. Where to Study?

1. Law Library Study Areas

2. Reading Room


 

B.Get to Know the First Year Subjects—from LII’s Wex:

1. Civil Procedure

2. Constitutional Law

3. Contracts

4. Criminal Law

5. Lawyering: A course on Research and Writing

6. Property

7. Torts


 

C. What Does That Word Mean?

1. Black’s Law Dictionary—The Standard. In the Reading Room, KF156.B62, or on Westlaw

2. 1-L Dictionary from Harvard Law School

3. Jurist Legal Dictionary


 

D. Preparation for Class; Preparation for Exams

1. Study Aids in the Reserve Collection

2. Online Study Aids

 

E. More Law School Help

1. FindLaw for Students

2. Westlaw’s Law School Life and Survival Guide

3. LexisONE Law Student Center


 


II. RESEARCHING:


 

Legal research and legal writing inhabit their own peculiar world. 1Ls encounter this world right away.

 

A. Entering the World of Lawyering

1. Research and Writing Aids

2. Research Steps Tutorial

3. Research Appointments

 

 

B. Getting to Know Legal Citation

1. Prof. Martin’s Introduction to Basic Legal Citation

2. LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation


 

 

III. ETCETERA:


 

 

A. Cornell: The Law School, the University, the Experience…

1. Cornell Law Student Association

2. Cornell Law School IT

3. CU Info

4. Cornell Library Gateway

5. Cornell Directory

6. Campus Map

 

B. Around Town: Ithaca and Environs

1. IthacaNet

2. VisitIthaca.com

3. City of Ithaca

4. 14850 Online—Downtown

 

C. Don’t Have Enough To Do? Check out the Blawgosphere:

1. SCOTUSBlog

2. Lessig Blog

3. The Volokh Conspiracy

4. Ernie the Attorney

5. Law Professor Blogs

6. Blawg Listings (from Ernie the Attorney)