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CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)

Ever wanted a little more instruction in a certain area of law? Something to test your skills before the final exam? If so, you may want to give CALI a try.

What is CALI?

The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over one hundred interactive, computer-based lessons covering twenty seven legal education subject areas. The lessons, written by law faculty and librarians, are designed to augment traditional law school instruction and can be assigned as supplemental study material or integrated with other course materials.

The format of the individual exercises varies according to the authors' educational objectives. Some exercises use the setting of a simulated trial to let students test their understanding of an area of law. Other exercises drill students on the interpretation of cases and statutes. Still other exercises individualize the classroom tutorial experience by leading students through a series of questions, making them identify relevant issues and apply recently learned concepts.

Where Can I Find a List of CALI Lessons?

To view a list of lessons by subject area, go to the CALI web site at Choose "For Students," then "CALI Lessons." A list of subjects, including Administrative Law, Contracts, Labor Law, Real Estate, Taxation, etc., appears on the left. Click on a topic to view the lessons available in the subject area.

How Can I Access CALI?

CALI Lessons are available to all UW Law students, faculty, and staff. All Windows compatible lessons have been installed on each of the computers in the lab.

Those wishing to access CALI from home can download Windows and Macintosh lessons to their own computers from the CALI web site at As downloading lessons requires a password, you'll need to complete the CALI Password Form at A password will be sent via return email following verification of your law school status.

Some lessons are available in Web format and do not need to be downloaded. However, a password is still required.

How Do I Download a CALI Lesson?

Go to the CALI Lesson Selector page at Next, choose UW Law School from the list of schools. Third, enter your password (which you can get by completing the CALI Password Form mentioned above). Then, choose a lesson and select the version you want (Windows, Mac, or Web). Fifth, read and accept the license agreement.

On the next screen, you will see a table of lessons and packages. In addition to your lessons, you must do a one-time download of each package. This software is needed to run the lessons. After downloading all of the files, double-click each file to install it.

How Do I Open a CALI Lesson?

To open lessons, go to the "Start" menu and choose "Programs." Next choose "CALI" then "CALI Lessons." Double-click on the lesson you wish to open from the Mini-menu.

Written by: Bonnie Shucha
Reference & Electronic Services Librarian

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