New “Legal Writing Handbook for Clinical Students” from eLangdell® Press

As law professors, you are entrusted with the task of not onlyLegal Writing Handbook for Clinical Students casebook cover imparting legal knowledge but also honing the practical skills of your students, particularly those in clinical settings where applying this knowledge is critical. The “Legal Writing Handbook for Clinical Students” emerges as an invaluable resource in this context, designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Its focus on individual writing skills per chapter provides a scaffolded approach that is both manageable for students and highly effective.

Moreover, the handbook’s versatility allows you to tailor your teaching to meet the varied needs of your students: You can use the handbook for assignments, focus on specific chapters to address weaknesses, or incorporate exercises into classroom discussions for a more interactive learning experience. The interactive questions and exercises within the ebook format further enhance student engagement and allow for self-assessment.

By integrating this handbook into your curriculum, you can offer your students a comprehensive tool that enhances their understanding of legal writing and empowers them to tackle complex writing assignments with greater independence. This handbook, therefore, represents not just a teaching aid but also a pivotal step toward cultivating proficient legal practitioners who are well-versed in the art of legal writing.

32,272 Words, 102 Pages in PDF

Published May 2023

A Teacher’s Manual is available for faculty; please use your CALI credentials to login for access.

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Legal Writing Handbook for Clinical Students by CALI 2023 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

About the Author

Nan L. Haynes
​​​​​​State University of New York – Buffalo School of Law

Nan Haynes is an emeritus State University at Buffalo Law School professor, who taught legal writing for 15 years. She is also a retired attorney who represented plaintiffs in civil rights and toxic torts claims.

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On-Demand Recording Available: CALI Author Training Series Webinar

CALI Author Training Series HeaderI’m pleased to announce that the recording of our recent CALI Author Training Series webinar on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, is now available on demand. In this session, we explored some lesser-known features of CALI Author, including an interactive map of the lesson and a tool for comparing versions. Whether you missed the live webinar or want to revisit the content, this recording offers valuable insights and tips to enhance your CALI Lesson development process. You can access the recording https://youtu.be/Qpkfe9giUIk?si=TvFdruODFxq1E2L3.

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New CALI Lesson Available – Hybrid Transactions

This lesson reviews the 2022 Amendments to UCC Article 2 that explain what law to apply to a “hybrid transaction” — a transaction that involves both the sale of goods and something else. After completing the lesson, students will be able to determine whether a transaction is a hybrid transaction, which aspects predominate, and what law to apply to each aspect.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze relevant statutes and Comments.
  2. Determine whether a transaction is a hybrid transaction.
  3. Determine whether the sale of goods aspect or other aspect predominates.
  4. Choose the law to apply to each aspect of the transaction.

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Tips on passing the Bar Exam in February

The Bar Exams are approaching in February. Will you be ready? Passing the Bar: A Quick Reference Guide For Today’s Law Student, by Allie Robbins, is designed to provide guidance to law students as they prepare to embark upon bar study.

The 2nd Edition of the Guide is also available as an audiobook. Click here for the complete audiobook.

 

 

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CALI releases updated Corporate Tax 2023-2024 Edition casebook

New eLangdell Press casebook on Tax law

The 2023-2024 edition casebook is a basic corporate tax text. It is intended to be suitable for a three-hour law school course. The text is designed to be accessible to law students from widely different backgrounds. However, the material assumes that students already have taken a course in basic income tax. The casebook includes links to numerous CALI tutorials allowing students to assess their knowledge throughout the course.

201,512 Words, 654 Pages in PDF

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We are now accepting session proposals for CALIcon24

For over 34 years, CALIcon, The Conference for Law School Computing®, has organized its schedule at nearly the last minute in order to bring the most relevant and up-to-date presentations to attendees. This year is no different and we are looking for law school faculty, librarians, and technologists with strong opinions, great ideas, interesting projects, and useful advice. Come and share and be challenged.

For 2024 we are planning the conference as an in-person, live event. We will gather at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, WA  on Thursday and Friday, June 13 – 14, 2024, as well as providing a live stream of the full conference. We’re combining the formula that we’ve used the past couple of years with our tried and true structure that worked well for us prior to 2020. This means that we’re going to have 60-minute long sessions with thirty-minute breaks between sessions. Each session will consist of up to 3 15-minute talks with 15 minutes for discussion. We’re also accepting 30 and 45 minute long proposals to accommodate more in-depth talks and panels.

We are planning to run concurrent sessions at CALIcon this year but that depends on the number of proposals submitted. We’ll need 40+ sessions to successfully use our multi-room format so we need your session proposal.  If your session is accepted, you should be prepared to present live in Seattle.

The theme for CALIcon24 is Exploring The Unknown Unknowns of #LegalEd + #Tech. While we would like proposals to work with that theme we are, as always, flexible. The community has a voracious appetite for tech and the conference has always been the place to talk about it. Here are some topics that we think are particularly relevant today, but don’t be constrained by this list …

  • ChatGPT & other openai.com APIs: Changing legal education? Good, bad?
  • AI/ML, ethics, law, and legal education
  • Access to Justice / Teaching / Technology / Legal Education
  • Prepping law school tech for the NextGen bar exam
  • Navigating the relationship with IT – Local and University
  • Video Post Production – Tips & Tricks & Tools
  • I want to talk about Drupal or Regex or Python
  • Why isn’t there more formative assessment in law school courses?
  • What should we do to prepare for the NEXT pandemic?
  • Peer-grading software options – can students become the teacher?
  • Open casebooks, open teaching materials, open syllabi – what’s not to like?
  • LSSE says law students like/learn online just fine.
  • Online Legal Education that is not just JD – MLMs, LLMs, foreign and domestic, insourced and outsourced
  • Is 2024 the year of Tech Competency for Lawyers?
  • Can I ignore VR for a few more years?
  • What’s beyond Zoom?  (beyond polling, breakout rooms, and boring video)
  • Should all law students learn to program/blog/toot – at least a little?

TO PROPOSE A SESSION:

To propose a session, click here and fill out the form.  You must submit your proposal by Friday, March 29, 2024. Presenters will be notified by Friday, April 12, 2024, if their presentation is accepted. All submissions will be archived on the conference website.

Accepted speakers will be able to register for $95 with a special code that will be sent when your session is accepted.

Questions, problems, ideas, suggestions, contact Elmer Masters – emasters@cali.org.

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) was founded as a 501(c)(3) consortium of law schools in 1982.

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Save the Date for CALIcon24!

CALIcon24 Conference for the legal education and legal technology community.

 

For 34 years, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) has hosted its legal education conference called “CALIcon.” The CALIcon conference is a two-day event at newly renovated or built law schools. It draws an estimated 300 attendees: law faculty, law librarians, IT professionals, distance learning staff, and law school administrators. The conference aims to provide a unique environment for everyone to share ideas, innovations, experiences, and best practices for application in law school classrooms to engage law students with tech. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Help get the word out about the conference.  Use #CALIcon24 in your social media post.

BENEFITS OF BEING A SPONSOR

  • High visibility in front of the industry’s leading decision-makers
  • Opportunity to introduce new products and services to a targeted and receptive audience
  • Targeted networking opportunities using various social media channels
  • Establish your company’s reputation as an industry thought leader
  • Year-long logo placement on the conference website

Get involved directly with your market by sponsoring the premier conference in our industry. Bring focus to your brand and ensure your target audience becomes exposed to your products or services. Space is limited, so reserve your opportunity as soon as possible.

Sponsorships are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested in becoming a sponsor at the CALIcon Conference? Please get in touch with Scott Lee at scott@cali.org or call 312-405-6316.

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CALI podcasts offer you recordings to help build the foundation for law school success

Always on the go? Then, you need to try out our podcasts. CALI® podcasts are 10-minute audio recordings of law professors straightforwardly covering specific legal concepts. Each podcast provides law students with a learning resource to help in time management.

CALI has produced a library of 100 podcasts aimed at helping all law students covering these legal topics:

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Legal Concepts and Skills
  • Negotiable Instruments/Payment Systems
  • Partnerships
  • Property Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
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Do Not Miss Out on Available CALI Resources. Register Today!

Registering for CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) is essential for any law student in Building the Foundation for Law School Success. CALI offers a wide array of tools and materials to enhance aspiring legal professionals’ learning experience at no cost to member schools. Students gain unrestricted access to diverse interactive lessons covering many legal topics by registering. This access equips students with the ability to reinforce their classroom learning, delve deeper into complex legal concepts, and sharpen their analytical skills.

Please visit the law library for your school’s student authorization code required to complete the registration.

CALI Student Authorization code needed to register for CALI. Get code card at your law library.

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Building the Foundation for Law School Success with CALI’s Resources

Your legal career starts with a strong foundation. CALI’s study aids provide the edge you need to excel. Register today and embark on a learning adventure that promises growth, success, and boundless opportunities in law.

🔍 Why CALI? Here’s what awaits you:

📌 Comprehensive Coverage: Dive into a treasure trove of meticulously crafted legal curriculum resources. From Contracts to Constitutional Law, we’ve got you covered.

🎓 Expertly Curated: Benefit from the wisdom of our CALI Authors. Our materials are written by law faculty and peer-reviewed, and updated constantly.

🌐 Access Anytime, Anywhere: No more lugging around heavy textbooks! With CALI, your study materials are just a click away. Your learning never stops at home, the library, or on the go.

💡 Interactive Learning: Engage with interactive lessons that reinforce your understanding. Learning law has never been this engaging!

🆓 Absolutely FREE: Yes, you read that right! Every law student from a CALI Member school has unlimited access to our library of resources.

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