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Library Resources: Study Aids, Exam Archives, Study Rooms & Quiet Places to Study

Establishing limited access hours a few weeks before exam period to create quiet study areas isn't the only way that the law library supports students who are preparing for exams.  The library also provides a research guide of popular legal study series, offers study rooms for quiet group study opportunities, and provides a link to the UW law school exam archives.  For additional study help at the law school, visit the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) and browse their collection of study guides and material available for checkout at the on the sixth floor of the law school.


The library's research guide is organized by subject: contracts, civil procedure, criminal procedure, evidence, and tort law are just a few legal subject areas that you can find in either a Nutshell or the Examples and Explanations series.  See, UW Law Library Research Guide: Study Guides on Reserve, located at the circulation desk


UW Law School provides an online Exam Archive.  You must have a current UW NetID to gain access to this collection:

If you would like to review past exams from law schools across the country, the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington provides a library research guide for law students: Exams from Other Law Schools.

For legal history buffs, embedded in the Gallagher Law Library is a link to the Harvard Law School Exam Archives.  If you are curious and would like to review exams that date back to a time in American history when law school exams were "perhaps" easier, check out Harvard's exam collection.  Below is a snapshot of a contracts exam from 1870/1871.  The link to Harvard Online is: Harvard Online Archives

Submitted by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian on November 15, 2017

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