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1L Resources, Tips and Tools: Finding Course Materials

This guide describes print and digital resources to help 1Ls succeed at Brooklyn Law School. (Karen Schneiderman originally created this guide and Kathleen Darvil updated it.)

CALI: Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Some of your professors may assign or recommend CALI exercises to reinforce material covered in lectures. 

You can also find lessons for a particular casebook.  To do so, go to and click on the relevant subject to identify your casebook. Then click on a casebook to view the related CALI Lessons.  Not all casebooks have specific CALI Lessons assigned to them.

You can access CALI exercises through BLS Library's Catalog, Westlaw or through  You received an authorization code at the 1L Library Orientation to use the first time you sign on to CALI, but you can always email a reference librarian ( for the code.

Course Reserves

Materials that your professors place on course reserve are kept behind the circulation desk.  You may check out the items for two hours at a time.

Through the library catalog, SARA, you can locate material placed on course reserve for the semester by clicking on the course reserve tab, which is located at the top of the main screen.

Online Course Material

There are 3 main websites where BLS professors post material for your courses.  Those three are: the "My Classes" page of BLSConnect, TWEN (the Westlaw web course platform), and Lexis's Course Web Pages.