Study & Exam Prep

Study & Exam Preparation

Study Aids

  • Course Reserves – Books and other materials that the faculty requested the Library to keep on Reserve may be checked-out for limited periods of time at the Circulation Desk.
  • Hornbooks & Summaries – A collection of the most popular treatises, hornbooks and condensed legal summaries, including Nutshells, Examples & Explanations and the Black Letter Law series, are kept in the Library Reserve Room (on the first floor).  Please ask for them at the Circulation Desk. Lists of available hornbooks can be found in the Study Aids, Strategies & Exam Prep LibGuide.
  • CALI Exercises – Online tutorials maintained by the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) are available for student use.  Please visit the Library Reference Desk to ask for a CALI card with the Law School login code or email Lori Strickler for the access code.
  • West LegalEd Center & Beyond the Bar-- On-demand video and audio recordings of continuing legal education programs covering a variety of subjects. Beyond the Bar programs are specialized skills-based programs covering legal research and writing, client relationships including business counseling, trial skills, law firm management, career development and other related areas. Please visit or email the Library Reference Desk for the login & password. 

Sample Exams

  • Students may access law school exams from prior semesters through the exam database.  Older exams that are only available in print may be located using the exam indexes available at the Circulation Desk.

Study Rooms

  • Study Rooms are available for groups (two students or more) of Villanova Law students to use.  A group may reserve the rooms for two two-hour blocks of time per day.  Sign-up sheets are available at the Circulation Desk.

Study Advice & Exam Strategy

  • The Library collection includes numerous books providing study advice and exam-taking tips.  See the Study Advice & Exam Strategy guide for a list of the available titles.

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Reference Desk Hours:

Summer: (through August 20th)

Mon - Thur:   9 AM - 5 PM
Fri: 9 AM - 12 PM

Academic Year: Aug 21st - Dec 20th

Sun: 1 - 6 PM
Mon - Thur: 9 AM - 8 PM
Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sat: No Reference