A widely understood stereotype for the law school experience is that there is a lot of reading. A. LOT. OF. READING. In the law library here at Richmond School of Law, we don’t see a need to debate this point. However, we like to remind our students that it’s possible to supplement your reading, and studying, with audio sources. All law students have access to several databases featuring audio lectures, podcasts, and eBooks on topics from torts to trials to trademarks. Whether you’re an auditory learner or just looking for a break from reading, here are resources you can listen to while walking your dog, washing your dishes, or taking that long drive (or flight) home for the holidays.
- West Academic Study Aids
- Aspen Learning Library
- Aspen’s In Other Words audio series covers fundamental topics inlaw, including first-year basics and upper-level elective topics. Each lecture is written and presented by a law professor or legal practitioner.
- Lexis Digital Library
- The Lexis Digital Library includes audio versions of eleven titles from the Understanding series, including Understanding Civil Procedure, Understanding Evidence, and Understanding Constitutional Law.
- Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
- Most students will recognize CALI for their interactive lessons and scholarship awards, but CALI also features topic-specific podcasts from the same law professors and legal practitioners who author CALI’s lessons.
In addition to traditional study aids, podcasts are also a great resource for exam preparedness and law school success. The ABA, for example, supports a wealth of podcasts hosted by various affiliate groups like the Law Student Division and the Young Lawyers Division:
- ABA Law Student Division, The Law Student Podcast
- ABA Young Lawyers Division, Young Lawyer Rising Podcast
If you’re looking for supplemental study resources, or a new podcast for your commute, check out these awesome LibGuides created by Villanova’s and NYU’s Law Libraries:
- Legal Podcasts, Video & Other Media: A – Z List of All Media
- Non-Traditional Law Study & News Resources: Podcasts
For more information on the study aids available to UR Law students, refer to A Guide to Study Materials.
Note: You need to connect to the campus VPN (DUO), or use your personal login credentials, to access these resources while off-campus. Some databases require you to use a personal account to download audio files and/or listen to them offline.
Contact Sam Cabo, Digital Resources Librarian, with any questions.