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1L Tool Kit

Basic library resources for first-year students.


Congratulations and welcome to the library at Temple University's Beasley School of Law. This research guide will introduce you to resources you'll need to start your law school career. 

The Law Library collection has over 400,000 volumes spread over 11 floors, plus hundreds of electronic resources. Library staff is available to help you find what you need.  Good luck and we'll see you in the library!

Law School -- Users' Manuals

These books help you adjust to law school -- it may be a new environment and a new way of studying for you.

Academic Core Enrichment -- ACE!

Need help adjusting to law school? Tap the resources of ACE -- Academic Core Enrichment. Professors and student mentors are available to assist with study skills and learning strategies. ACE serves first-year and international LL.M. students through group workshops and individual counseling sessions. For more information, look for ACE on Canvas.

How to Read a Case

New to legal literature? Get expert advice on reading cases from this article.

Orin S. Kerr, How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students, 11 Green Bag 2d 51 (2007).