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Torts: A Guide for the Busy 1L: Home

Last Updated: May 22, 2018 12:22 PM

CALI Lessons

CALI lessons allow you to work through Torts issues in an interactive format in which you answer questions and explain your reasoning.  If you are confused or have questions about an issue, a CALI lesson may provide a quick way to test and improve your knowledge.

Here are a few Torts lessons that are helpful for 1Ls. A complete list of Torts lessons is available at the CALI website.

Study Aids for Torts

Hornbooks and other study aids provide additional perspectives and clarifications to your assigned reading. Do not rely on them exclusively.

Unless otherwise noted all these Texts are located in the Law Library's Study Aids collection, which is located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the Law Library.

Some Sources of Tort Law

Historically tort law has been judge-made law.  In other words, the rules and doctrines of tort law emerged and evolve as judges make decisions in private litigation.  The various Restatements of Torts distill the concepts and rules articulated in tort decisions and present them in an conceptually organized format. Besides stating rules and principles, the Restatement also includes lengthy comments explaining those rules and principles as well as examples to illustrate their application.

Students should bear in mind that the Restatements in themselves have no precedential value, although they can acquire precedential value to the extent that courts recognize and adopt particular provisions.  Many aspects of the Restatement (Third) of Torts are controversial, and it is not yet clear what impact it will have on American tort law.   

Restatement (Second) Torts, §§ 1-280

Restatement (Second) Torts, §§ 281-503

Restatement (Second) Torts, §§ 504-707A

Restatement (Second) Torts, §§ 708-End

Restatement (Third) Torts: Product Liability

Restatement (Third) Torts: Apportionment of Liablity

Restatement (Third) Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm (The first volume appeared in 2010, but is not yet available through HeinOnline.  The second volume is scheduled to appear in 2011.) 

Study Aids Online

Koren AV Resources on Torts

The Koren AV Center, located on the Fifth floor of the Law Library, provides audio lectures on Torts