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Book Return, Carrel Clean out and Summer Carrel Self-Assignment

Posted May 15, 2019

Book Return

All law library stacks items checked out for the semester must be returned or renewed by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

Carrel Clean Out

All items must be removed from Carrels by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

All items left in carrels after Monday, May 20th will be discarded/donated. 

Summer Carrel Self Assignment

Current UC Davis law students and UC Davis law students studying for the bar can sign up for a summer carrel.

Self-assignment will be available starting at 8am, Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 – Wednesday, May 29th, 2019.  After May 29th, ALL carrel requests must be made at the Circulation desk.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. on May 23rd, 2019, to select a carrel for the summer:

  1. Use this link


  1. Go to the Law School intranet  and click on the “Community” tab, select the link to “Carrel Assignment”
  2. Choose a carrel. 
    1. If a space is available in the carrel, you can click the “assign me” button.
      1. If there is not an “assign me” button next to the carrel, it is unavailable.

If you chose the wrong carrel by mistake, please see the Circulation desk.

During summer we usually limit carrels to 1 person, however if there is an unforeseen demand we will double up non-bar study occupants.

Summer Carrel assignments will be through Sunday, August 4th, 2019.

Information about carrel sign-ups for the 2019-20 Academic year will be sent out after school resumes in August.

Exam Prep Materials Available at the Library

Posted Apr 15, 2019

Mabie Library has both digital and print materials to help you study for exams.

West Study Aids

The library offers a digital collection of exam prep and study materials that you can access from your computer or mobile device. Find the link to West Study Aids in the lower right-hand corner of the library’s webpage.


  • Gilbert Law Summaries. These course outlines include black letter law, capsule summaries, and correlation charts to match pages to relevant casebooks. Also features practice multiple choice, true-false, and essay questions.
  • Audio lectures. The Law School Legends series offers 1-hour lectures by noted law school professors.
  • Exam Pro. This series includes sample exams, both multiple choice and essay. Students can check their answers against keys that explain not only the best answer choice, but also why other answers are not the best choice. Also cites to leading hornbooks and treatises.
  • Flash Cards. Electronic flashcards present objective questions on legal topics covered in your law school courses. Explanations accompany correct answers, providing a way to test your knowledge of black letter law.
  • High Court Case Summaries. This series contains well-prepared briefs for major cases in the corresponding textbook.  
  • Hornbooks. These in-depth one-volume treatises cover law school course subjects.
  • Concise Hornbooks. Need something less in-depth than a hornbook? Concise Hornbooks have been developed for law students. They provide concise analyses of subjects covered by law school courses.
  • Nutshell series. Need something shorter than a Concise Hornbook? The Nutshell series encapsulates law school subjects in a readable format.
  • Access from your device. Download the app  to view West Study Aids on your mobile device.

Print Materials

Study aids in print are available in the library’s Reserve Room. These materials may be checked out for 4 hours or overnight if checked out within 4 hours of closing.

  • Understanding series. This series provides analysis and discussion of over 50 law school subjects. Written by subject matter experts, scholars, and casebook authors. The Understanding Series is more in-depth than a nutshell, but less scholarly than a hornbook.
  • Hornbooks, Concise Hornbooks, and Nutshells.
  • Selection of flash cards, course outlines, Examples & Explanations, and more.


Featured New Title: The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Posted Apr 15, 2019

New to our collection is the book, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter. It is available in the library stacks, Call # DT1974 .M35.

From the Publisher:

Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight.

Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990.

With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners’ human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, “I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her,” aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared.

More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela―forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi―was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela’s unfaltering optimism: “Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat.”

Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century.

From The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

“A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena, whose garments are torn by storms & whose bodies are maimed in the course of contest.”

“I am convinced that floods of personal disaster can never drown a determined revolutionary nor can the cumulus of misery that accompanies tragedy suffocate him.”

“My respect for human beings is based, not on the colour of a man’s skin nor authority he may wield, but purely on merit.”

“A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood & our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope & victory.”