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1L Tool Kit

Basic library resources for first-year students.

Founding Documents

Find these founding documents at the National Archives:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution of the United States
  • Bill of Rights

Sample Exams

Exam bluebook

Professors have the option of making past exam questions available. Review these samples to get an idea of how material will be tested or what types of questions will be asked (short answer, multiple choice, etc.). Check your course Canvas page for past exams.

Con Law resources

Whether you're just starting out and need a nutshell or you need the in-depth coverage of a treatise, the Law Library has the Constitutional Law class resources you need. Request any of these titles at the library desk. For more assistance, ask a librarian!

Nutshells -- the basics

Nutshells are the briefest overview of a particular topic in law. Get your bearings with a nutshell.

Hornbooks -- full outline of topic with detail

Hornbooks cover subjects in more detail than nutshells.  These resources will explain the structure and operation of an area of law.

Treatises -- in-depth treatment

A treatise covers an area of law in great detail. Usually multi-volume sets, treatises offer explanation, commentary and citations to primary sources.