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The Most Comprehensive, Free Study Tool You Didn’t Know About

September 09, 2010
This blog post was written by Laura Moore, a Penn Law 2L and past Biddle Law Library research assistant.  
The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Education (“CALI”) offers over 850 online lessons to law students and lawyers.  These free lessons cover over 40 topics, ranging from 1L core class subjects to advanced topics, such as interviewing counseling and legal writing.  These interactive courses, written by professors and law librarians across the country, feature subject outlines and exercises to teach and refine a student’s understanding of basic substantive law and analytical skills.  The lessons are great study tools for day-to-day comprehension as well as final exam preparation.
Within the Administrative Law topic heading, for example, students can access 28 lessons ranging from adjudicative rules to unlawful delegation. Under one such lesson regarding Chevron Deference, users are greeted with an introduction of the subject matter and given lessons and examples of when to apply Chevron and how Chevron Deference contrasts with Skidmore Deference. Quizzes test the user’s knowledge throughout the lesson. Here, the student must determine the validity of four statements about Chevron’s scope: 
Once the student drags the statements in the “correct statement” or “incorrect statement” column, the lesson grades your answers. Regardless of the student’s performance, however, the lesson gives an in-depth response as to why the student was correct or incorrect.   

Founded in 1982 by University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School, CALI members include law firms, law libraries, and law schools, including Penn Law.  To access CALI, go to Click on the right hand side of the screen under “create a new account.”  You will be prompted to enter an authorization code on the registration form, which may be acquired at the reference desk in Biddle Law Library.