William and Mary Law School


Jake on Tortsby Jake Albert, 1L

CALI: Computer Assisted Learning Instruction

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The CALI exercises provide an online lesson for each individual topic of torts. Each lesson is about 45-60 minutes long and explains the topic in detail, with questions at the end of each to test what you've learned. This resource would be very helpful if you are looking for help understanding a certain topic or two because of its lengthy lessons and easy-to-access interface (being online is much easier than trying to check out a book come exam time). However, the interface seems a bit dated, and the lessons approach the topics like someone who has never seen torts before. They do not cover specific cases and the lessons are very general, so this resource would not be very helpful if you are looking to cram before an exam, outline, or want to practice with hypos.

Tort Law: The Essentials

Mark A. Geistfeld
KF1250 .G45 2008

This guide is divided by tort topic and explains each topic quite well. However, it does not have hypotheticals and rarely cites cases, and even more rarely cases we have actually studied. The Essentials is very good if you have a topic or two that you want explained nicely and easily, but not good if you are cramming for your exam and want a refresher or organizer.

The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts

John C.P. Goldberg and Benjamin C. Zipursky
KF1250 .G645 2010
Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

With its easy to understand organization and brief, to-the-point writing this book is perfect for exam studying and outlining. It begins generally about tort history and “Why torts?” and then goes into each individual topic of tort law. It spends about two to five pages covering each topic, giving exactly what you need to know while still giving the main case or two for that topic and a brief explanation. However it does not go into great depth or give many examples for any given topic. Overall, if you are looking for something to help you quickly understand a topic or how certain topics tie together for an exam or outline, this is the book for you.

Mastering Tort Law

Russell L. Weaver, et. al
KF1250 .M328 2009
Mastering Series

The Mastering series can be incredibly helpful for outlining and studying for exams, but not for someone who is looking to learn a certain concept in great depth. The book is somewhat disorganized in its presentation of the concepts, but easy enough to find any given topic, which a very helpful one-page or less checklist at the end of each section to tell you what you should know about each topic. The most helpful aspect of this book, however, is the Master Checklist at the end of it, which gives the main points of each topic of torts all in one straight 22-page checklist. Thus this book is great to make sure you haven't missed anything in your outline, and a good study tool.

The Forms and Functions of Tort Law (4th ed.)

Kenneth S. Abraham
KF1250 .Z9 A27 2012
Concepts & Insights Series

Forms and Functions was made more to teach the various concepts or tort law and not simply to review them. Each section offers more in-depth analysis of concepts than many of the other supplements, which is good if there is a certain topic you really want to just start over with and have explained and analyzed for you again, but not very helpful in trying to create an outline or to quickly make sure you haven't missed anything.

Questions and Answers: Torts (3rd ed.)

Anita Bernstein
KF1250 .Z9 B47 2014
Questions & Answers Series

Let's be honest, everyone will have learned the concepts of torts by the end of the course, but if you really want a leg up on the competition you need to practice, practice, practice. This book is the best option to do that. The entire book is just questions divided by topic and then example final exam questions at the end, which is perfect for the person who thinks they know the concepts and is ready to practice before the exam.

Torts (4th ed.)

Steven L. Emanuel
KF1250 .Z9 E468 2011
CrunchTime Series

The CrunchTime is unlike most of the others in that it is solely focused on how to prepare for an exam, as opposed to actually teaching the concepts. It begins with flow charts for each type of tort, but some of the more complicated topics, like causation, have very large and thus very confusing flow charts. This book has a section on exam tips, stating what to look for on exams for each topic. The most helpful section though is the hypotheticals, where it has both short and simple hypos and a section of larger hypos. Good book for last-minute exam prep and practice.

Acing Tort Law (2nd ed.)

Shubha Ghosh
KF1250 .Z9 G48 2012
Acing Law School Series

In terms of explaining the general tort concepts this book does an average job. However, where it becomes useful is in the back of the book. There is a nice hypothetical with a long fact pattern as you would see on an exam, with both a sample outline before you begin answering and a sample answer to the question. After this there is a checklist that covers each torts topic, which is also helpful for outlining in general as well as cramming for an exam.

Torts (5th ed.)

Edward J. Kionka
KF1250 .Z9 K527 2013
Black Letter Outlines

The idea is in the title: black letter outlines. This book is divided into the same topics as others, but instead of explaining them everything is instead in outline format. Thus if you are having trouble outlining a particular topic or are worried you missed something, this book is very helpful. There are also review questions at the end of each topic, so that you can know you not only have the outline correct, but make sure you understand it as well.