First Semester 1L Study Guides

Dear 1Ls,

You have probably already started to hear about how different law exams are. In your Introduction to the Study of Law class, you have probably started to hear about IRAC and CREAC, but did you know that the library maintains a collection of study guides for our students?

            Not only do we have books on specific subjects, but we also have books on how to excel at law school exams. What follows is a list of selected books to help you with your first round of exams.

General Exam Guides

How to Write Law Exams, IRAC Perfected by S.I. Strong

            This book differs from other guides in that it not only goes into a detailed explanation of the IRAC method of writing exams, but it gives sample student responses with detailed critiques of where they excel or fall short. At just about 120 pages dedicated to the writing exams. This guide is a quick read that can help prepare you to take exams.

A Students Guide to Legal Analysis, Thinking Like a Lawyer by Patrick M. McFadden

            You have probably heard already you are in law school to “learn to think like a lawyer.”  What does that mean? By in large, that means learning to do legal analysis. This book explores the “A” in IRAC. By asking the questions that this guide lays out, you are on your way to writing in a more lawyerly style.

Getting to Maybe, How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul

            Getting to Maybe takes a slightly different approach to law exams. The book encourages exam takers to identify what type of question is being asked. While plenty of law school exams are traditional “issue spotters” (and Getting to Maybe covers that as well), other types of questions such as questions that ask the exam taker to determine a policy. It encourages test takers to spend the most time with analysis where the answers are less clear and to embrace the gray of legal issues. The book also includes general advice on how to prepare for exams and where to spend your valuable time.

Specific Subject Guides

            The following list has titles for all the first semester 1L doctrinal classes, Civil Procedure, Torts, and, Contracts.

Examples & Explanations

            E&E provides a plain language of the subject organized into easy-to-understand stand-alone chapters. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader to contemplate. Frequently the questions have a clear answer. However, the beauty in this guide is that the explanations of the questions focus on what specific facts changed slightly will change the outcome of the question.

Emanuel’s Law Outlines

            Before introducing this guide, understand, the best outline is the outline that you write yourself. Emanuel’s drawbacks are that they are very long, very detailed, and cover things that your professor may not cover.   That being said, if there are gaps in your outline that you are having trouble filling, this may be a helpful guide to fill in where you find your outline falling short.

Siegel’s Essay and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers.

            While it is undoubtedly true that it is not sufficient to know the law to do well on law exams, it is still a necessary condition to do well on exams. Siegel’s helps with both knowing the law and applying the law. This guide provides you with multiple-choice questions that will test your knowledge of black letter law, and it also provides essays with model answers to grade yourself against. This book is strictly for review. It does not offer a discussion, only questions.

All of these titles are available for check out at the circulation desk. If a title is unavailable please place a hold for the book and do not use interlibrary loan.

Excellence in Legal Research

The Excellence in Legal Research is an extracurricular research program that will help you develop your research skills. Although you won’t receive course credit, you will become a more efficient and effective researcher, and you’ll impress your future employer!

Visit the guide to learn more about the Excellence in Legal Research program (ELR) We will host a short info session on Tuesday, November 2 at noon. Please email for additional information or see the FAQs

FBI Records: The Vault: Record Requests

This is the last in a four part series featuring the FBI records Vault. Each part highlights a different feature of the site.

FBI records can be requested through both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. to request a record you can submit your request a couple of different ways explained on the FBI website. Once You have made a request you may check on it through The Vault site.



Status information is updated weekly. You need your FOI/PA request number to use this feature.


There are some exemptions to the FOIA/PA which are explained on the site.


The Vault can be reached through the FBI website under the Services Tab.

September 2021 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of September, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for September 1st to September 30th, 2021.

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

1. Brie Sherwin, et. al., Service Learning in the First-Year Research and Writing Classroom in Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion And Equity in the Law School Classroom (2021).

2. Amy Hardberger, et. al., Groundwater Governance for Conflict-Affected Countries, UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management, Global Water Security Issues Series 3 (2021).


1. Prof. Brie Sherwin’s article Chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Fracturing Fluid: A Story of Unfettered Secrecy, Toxicology, and the Resulting Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Development is cited in the following article: Lisa A. Cumming, The Feud is Getting Old: Why The Oil And Gas Industry Should Lobby For the Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 125 Penn St. L. Rev. 905 (2021).

2. Prof. Gonzalez’ article A Tale of Two Waivers: Waiver of the Jury Waiver Defense under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is cited in § 2321 of Federal Practice and Procedure (April 2021 Update).

3. Prof. Beyer’s article Estate Planning in the Digital Age is cited in § 5.16 of the Georgia Guardianship and Conservatorship (September 2021 Update).

4. Prof. Rosen’s article Funding “Non-Traditional” Military Operations: The Alluring Myth of a Presidential Power of the Purse is cited in the following case comment: Brianna Savard, Administrative Law—Byrne Jag Funds and Immigration: How Statutory Interpretation Helped Protect the Separation of Powers—City of Providene v. Barr. 954 F.3d 23 (1st Cir. 2020), 44 Suffolk Transnat’l L. Rev. 245 (2021).

5. Prof. Watt’s article Tyranny by Proxy: State Action and the Private Use of Deadly Force is cited in the following article: Darrell A.H. Miller, Second Amendment Equilibria, 116 Nw. U. L. Rev. 239 (2021).

6. Prof. Benham’s article Dirty Secrets: The First Amendment in Protective-Order Litigation is cited in the following article: Chelsea Hanlock, Settling for Silence: How Police Exploit Protective Orders, 109 Calif. L. Rev. 1507 (2021).

7. Prof. Rosen’s book Military Law: Criminal Justice & Administrative Process is cited in the following article: Max Jesse Goldberg, Congressional Influence on Military Justice, 130 Yale L.J. 2110 (2021).

8. Prof. Shannon’s article Debarment and Suspension Revisited: Fewer Eggs? is cited in the following article: Alix K. Town, Ours is to Reason Why: Exploring Motivating Principles for Debarment Systems, 50 Pub. Cont. L.J. 523 (2021).

9. Prof. Metze’s article The Right to Counsel at Trial: Speaking Truth To Power: The Obligation of the Courts to Enforce the Right to Counsel at Trial is cited in the following article: Mary Vukovich, Deprivation of the Right to Counsel for Federal Pretrial Detainees During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, 54 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 695 (2021).

10. Prof. Robert Sherwin’s article Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence!: How Ambiguity in Some States’ Anti-SLAPP Laws Threatens to De-Fang a Popular and Powerful Weapon Against Frivolous Litigation is cited in the following article: Caitlin E. Daday, (Anti)-SLAPP Happy In Federal Court?: The Applicability of State Anti-SLAPP Statutes in Federal Court and the Need for Federal Protection Against SLAPPs, 70 Cath. U.L. Rev. 441 (2021).

11. Prof. Humphrey’s article “Let’s Talk About Sex”: Legislating and Educating on the Affirmative Consent Standard is cited in the following article: Ruthy Lowenstein Lazar, Epistemic Twilight Zone of Consent, 30 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 461 (2021).


1. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the Lubbock Area Bar Association on April 14, 2021 and gave a presentation entitled, “The NCAA Goes to the Supreme Court, the Congress, State Legislatures and More! Hot Topics in College Sports Law.” Prof. Shannon also spoke at the Texas Tech Law School Roswell Webinar on May 27, 2021 with an updated version of the presentation.

2. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law conference in San Antonio TX on July 21, 2021, and gave a presentation entitled, “Sanity, Competency, & ‘Civil’ Commitments.”

3. Prof. Shannon was a speaker at the “Mental Health and Mediation – Promoting the Well-Being of Involved Parties” webinar developed by the Texas Dispute Resolution System in Lubbock on July 27-29, 2021, and gave two presentations entitled, “Impact of Mental Health on Mediation – And Vice Versa”, and “Tying it All Together – Takeaways for Mediators.”

September 2021 New Books

In September 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


1. Annette Froehlich, ed., On-Orbit Servicing:  Next Generation of Space Activities (2020).


2. Nicolas Petit, Big Tech and the Digital Economy:  The Moligopoly Scenario (2020).


3. Amanda Frost, You are not American:  Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers (2021).

4. Eric K. Yamamoto, Lorraine J. Bannai, and Margaret Chon, Race, Rights, and National Security:  Law and the Japanese American Incarceration (2021).

5. Robin Allen, Making Comparisons in Equality Law:  Within Gender, Age, and Conflicts (2020).


6. Jeremy C. Pope and Shawn Treier, Founding Factions:  How Majorities Shifted and Aligned to Shape the U.S. Constitution (2020).


7. Michael Tonry, Doing Justice, Preventing Crime (2020).


8. Eduardo G. Pereira, Alexandra Wawryk, Heike Trischmann, Catherine Banet, and Keith B. Hall, eds., The Regulation of Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry:  From Obligation to Opportunities (2020).


9. Nuno Pires De Carvalho, From Antiquity to the COVID-19 Pandemic:  The Intellectual Property of Medicines and Access to Health:  A Sourcebook (2021).


10. John Fabian Witt, American Contagions:  Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19 (2020).


11. Gregory Burnep, Courts at War:  Executive Power, Judicial Intervention, and Enemy Combatant Policies Since 9/11 (2021).


12. Myint Zan, ed., Legal Education and Legal Traditions:  Selected Essays (2020).


13. Reuben A. Guttman and J.C. Lore, Pretrial Advocacy (2021).


14. Dennis J. Baker and Paul H. Robinson, eds., Artificial Intelligence and the Law:  Cybercrime and Criminal Liability (2021).


15. Linda Greenhouse, The U.S. Supreme Court:  A Very Short Introduction (2020).

16. Steven T. Seitz, Justice Rehnquist, the Supreme Court, and the Bill of Rights (2020).


17. Martha Chamallas and Lucinda M. Finley, eds., Feminist Judgments:  Rewritten Tort Opinions (2020).


18. Xu Qian, Water Services Disputes in International Arbitration:  Reconsidering the Nexus of Investment Protection, Environment, and Human Rights (2020).

All of these books are available from the Law Library.  If you would like to check out any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.