Western State is committed to providing every student with the resources needed to maximize their success. Our law library and supporting staff are invaluable and provide an academic advantage like no other.

Check out all the great things our law library has to offer to help you prepare for finals!

Study Aids and Hornbooks

The law library has a multitude of assets, including study aids and hornbooks, to help students focus on definitive areas of study and provide key insights on what to expect from exams.

Students can access past exams at the library’s reserve desk for day-use. Past exams can help students understand what might be on a test and better prepare for their exams. Study guides, textbooks, CDs and other alumni materials can also be found within the library’s many databases and subscription-based resources. Hornbooks, which serve as a condensed one-volume treatise concentrating on a specific aspect of law, are also available. Hornbooks are a strong academic resource for students who are enrolled in certificate programs or for those who wish to increase their expertise in a specific area of law.

Online Library Resources

Leveraging Online Library ResourcesIf you’re not someone who enjoys cozying up in the library, don’t worry! There are plenty of online resources available to you from the comfort of your home.

Western State’s library provides students with access to numerous online databases, including:

  • Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) which houses information on law school vocabulary and insight on course selection.
  • OnLaw CEB is a dedicated platform for California lawyers and contains study guides and forms developed by the state’s legislatures.
  • Cheetah/Vital Law serves as a reliable database for legal research and is extremely handy when conducting high-level analysis.
  • Hein Law, Lexis Nexis and Thomas Reuters each provide their own unique take on litigation, legal news, expert guidance and more.

Inside the Law Library

Western State’s law library not only has resources available but is also designed for optimal in-person studying sessions. It offers communal study spaces where students and alumni can meet, as well as more secluded, private areas. Both room types can be accessed on a first come, first serve basis and are available during library business hours. The library has desktop computers, printers and other technologies available to support your academic work.


At Western State, our faculty takes pride in providing students with the necessary resources and guidance to make their California law school experience both practical and effective. The library team is available to answer questions, assist in finding resources and support students in their studies.

If you have questions, contact John O’Donnell, director of the Law Library at jodonnell@wsulaw.edu or