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LRC Resources for 1Ls

About this guide

Welcome to the LRC's LibGuide for 1Ls.  Here you will find information about resources at the LRC that can help you with your first-year coursework. Click on one of the tabs to find more subject-specific resources for all your courses.

Reference Assistance

Reference Desk Hours when classes are in session:  

Mon.-Thurs. 9am-6pm
Fri. 9am-5pm
Sun. noon-4pm

Phone: (619) 260-4612


Click here for Reference Desk Hours during Finals, Intersession, and Summer sessions. 

Studying at the LRC

Need a quiet place to study? The LRC has ample tables and carrels for quiet and group study areas.

Note Well: during COVID-19 study spaces are limited to ensure compliance with health guidelines. Reserve a space or check on space availability at the LRC Seat Reservation system.

Recommended reading for all 1Ls

USD Law's Academic Success Program offers a wealth of advice and assistance on how to succeed in law school: briefing cases for class, handling stress, surviving the Socratic teaching method, outlining, exam-writing and much, much more.


Hornbooks are texts that follow the same basic roadmap of a companion case book. They are written expressly for law students by law professors using plain prose.

Flash Cards

Ask at the Circulation Desk to check out the Law in a Flash study cards. Creating your own flash cards can help anchor the details in your mind, but if you're short on time, commercially-produced flash cards are available at the Circulation Desk.

Study Aids at the LRC

Before spending a lot of money on commercial outlines and other study aids, check out the LRC's collection of study aids in our Reserve Room! Please remember that the commercial subject outlines and other study aids cover an area of law in general; they do not necessarily mirror the emphasis your particular professor places on a given aspect of the law.

Find Books at USD

Search our Catalog for books, videos, and other items.


Past Exams

Check the LRC's Course Reserves page to see if your professors has made past exams for his or her class available.

CALI Lessons

You will need our school's CALI authorization code to set up your CALI account. You can find the code in your Admissions Packet, ask at the Reference Desk, or view it here by signing in with your MySanDiego credentials.