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First Year Law Student Guide: Intro to Law School

This guide provides resources to help new UCLA law students get started with Law School and become more familiar with the Law Library, UCLA and Westwood.

FREE Resource Available from CALI!

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CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction offers online tutorials on legal research, legal writing, all substantive topic covered in this guide and more. Most lessons are an hour or less. To get a student authorization code to set up a CALI account, email

Important Note About Access to Databases

Be sure to read the Access to Databases Guide carefully before beginning your research.

REQUIRED Reading for all UCLA Law 1Ls

Community Read Books for Orientation 2018

UCLA Common Book 2017-18

Introduction to Law School

For more true tales of the Law School experience, see the Law School Memoir section.

Succeeding in Law School

All titles below are in the Stacks unless otherwise indicated.

For your loved ones!

LexisNexis Courtroom Cast: Powered by Courtroom View Network

The Library has purchased a subscription for your use to LexisNexis Courtroom Cast from Courtroom View Network, which provides MP3 audio versions of over 1,000 cases, many of which are in your assigned casebooks. It also provides thousands of hours of trial video from hundreds of cases.

You can view the videos online, and you can either listen to the audio files on your computer or download them to an iPod or other MP3 player. The audio case database includes cases from the casebooks of our own Professor Yeazell (Civil Procedure) and Professor Grady (Torts), among others.

Register today at LexisNexis Courtroom Cast Sign up 

Step 1: Select University of California at Los Angeles from the dropdown list
Step 2: Complete the form (be sure to use your law school email address) 
Step 3: Check "I agree to the terms of Service"
Step 4: Click Sign Up.

You will then receive a verification email. Click the link to complete registration.

Want to Learn More about UCLA Law History?

Visit the Law School Docket Archive!!  Learn about fashion shows sponsored by the "Law School Wives" and parking problems in the '60s (some things change and some things stay the same)! Be sure to read Professor Edgar Jones article about how computers will revolutionize the legal profession (April 1960).  The Docket was published off and on from 1956 - 1994.

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