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This guide provides information about study aids, hornbooks, treatises, and other resources that will help you learn the law of torts.
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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.

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Siegel's Torts - Brian N. Siegel; Lazar Emanuel
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 S56 2005
ISBN: 9780735556935
Publication Date: 2005-08-18

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Hornbook on the Law of Torts - Dan B. Dobbs
Call Number: KF1250 .D58 2000
ISBN: 031421187X
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Located in the Law Library General Collection

Torts - Edward J. Kionka
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 K527 2006
ISBN: 9780314154149
Publication Date: 2006-06-16

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Torts - Edward J. Kionka
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 K53 2010
ISBN: 9780314195005
Publication Date: 2010-07-08

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The Law of Torts - Glannon
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 G58 2010
ISBN: 9780735588745
Publication Date: 2010-02-16

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Torts - John C. P. Goldberg; Benjamin C. Zipursky
Call Number: KF1250 .G655 2010
ISBN: 9780195373974
Publication Date: 2010-06-03

Understanding Torts - John L. Diamond; Lawrence C. Levine; M. Stuart Madden
Call Number: KF1250 .D5 2007
ISBN: 9781422411605
Publication Date: 2007-01-01

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Principles of Tort Law - Marshall Shapo
Call Number: KF1250 S43 2003
ISBN: 0314258507
Publication Date: 2005-12-01

Torts - Richard A. Epstein
Call Number: KF1249 .E673 1999
ISBN: 0735500479
Publication Date: 1999-06-16

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Acing Tort Law - Shubha Ghosh
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 G48 2009
ISBN: 9780314199669
Publication Date: 2009-09-16

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Torts 2008 - Steven Emanuel; Lazar Emanuel
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 E468 2009
ISBN: 9780735570566
Publication Date: 2008-12-23

Torts 2009 - Steven Emanuel
Call Number: KF1250 .Z9 T67 2009
ISBN: 9780735578951
Publication Date: 2009-10-05
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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.) 


Koren AV Resources on Torts

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

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Torts - Steven R. Finz; Lawrence C. Levine
Call Number: KF1250 .F56 2010
ISBN: 9780314926968
Publication Date: 2010-10-01

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Torts - Richard J. Conviser
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ISBN: 9780314161185


Audio Downloads of Torts Cases

The website for AudioCaseFiles allows you to download an audio version of the many important torts opinions as an MP3 file.

To register for an AudioCaseFiles account, go to: CourtroomView Network (CVN) and follow the instructions.  If you have problems registering, please contact Beth Adelman at the Law Library for assistance. 

For a list of audiorecorded opinions that are included in Farnsworth and Grady's Torts: Cases and Questions, click here.

For a list of audiorecorded opinions that are included in Franklin, Rabin, and Green's Tort Law and Alternatives, click here.

For a list of all torts opinions available on AudioCaseFiles, click here.

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