Library Resources for Exams

people_studying  As exams loom and papers become due, the library will be very busy place.  Please remember that it is a space that everyone must share. It is primarily used for researching and studying, two activities that contemplate and require quiet.  Take cell phones and other conversations to the Barrister.  Otherwise use your whisper voice while in the stacks as it is a designated Quiet Zone!  Cell phone zones include the Barrister, the patio, and the area adjacent to the Circulation Desk.  Other areas are Quiet Zones. 

Library Hours at Thanksgiving & During Exams

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24th.  It will be open as a study hall only on Friday, November 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., staffed by CSOL security staff.  On Saturday, November 26th, extended exam hours begin and will run through Friday, December 9thFrom November 26th until December 9th, the library will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., nightly.  Access to the library will be limited to currently enrolled Charleston School of Law students, faculty, and staff during the exam period. 

 Crunch Time, Stress Relievers & Circulation, Reference & Help Desks

As part of Student Services’ Crunch Time, the library will provide pizza at noon and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th, and again on Thursday, December 8th.

Stress balls, coloring books, play dough, puzzles and chocolate will be available at the Reference Desk and upstairs.

The Circulation Desk will run its usual operating hours during the exam period.   The Reference and Help Desks will provided limited service.

If you need reference assistance and no one is available in the Reference office, stop by my office or Professor Melissa Strickland’s office.  We can help.

IT will provide support for exams so stop by the 3rd floor of the 385 Meeting Street building for IT assistance.  Someone from IT will be stationed outside of Dean Lawton’s office.

IT Student Support, i.e. the Help Desk, will be in the Barrister area, starting Monday, November 7th to provide laptop support as exams near.    They will be there until Monday, November 21st.  Please stop by to make sure that your laptop is ready for exams.


Download, install, register and take a mock practice exam, using the ExamSoft software before exams begin.  ExamSoft exam taker tips can be found here while demo videos for PCs and MACs are here.

Do MAC updates and Windows updates for PCs before exams start.

Don’t reformat your laptop’s hard drive until after your return from the December holiday break.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are very popular and will be in continuous demand during this time.

Reserve your study room via the online reservation system @ .

To allow everyone an opportunity to use the study rooms, study room policies will be strictly enforced regarding groups (2 or more) and time limits (3 hours.)  If no one is waiting for a study room, the study room will be renewable.  If there is a waiting list, you will be limited to 1 3 hour period per day. 

Study Aids

Study aids, such as hornbooks, nutshells, and other series, are available.

Browse the titles located on the shelves adjacent to the Circulation Desk or search the library’s catalog via Collection Type:  Study Aids.

Lexis Nexis Courtroom Cast

This resource provides students with access to the audio versions of selected cases and casebooks.  It also provides access to training videos and selected trials and other trial related videos.

Study Guides for 1Ls

Last year, library research assistants prepared research guides to help the 1Ls study and prepare for exams.  Check out:

South Carolina Advance Sheets & Bar Prep Materials

Locate bar review materials either by browsing the shelves across from the Circulation Desk or in the Reference office.  Also use the library’s catalog, looking for Title: Bar via the Collection Type:  Bar Review.

South Carolina Advance Sheets can be found in a spiral notebook adjacent to the Circulation Desk.  They are available as a paperback advance book that is located adjacent to the South Carolina Reports in the South Carolina section of the library, aisle 39A. Advance sheets are also available via the South Carolina Judicial web page.

A Bar Exam Resource Guide with information about bar exams and bar prep materials can be found here.


4 iPads are available for student check out.

Two iPads will be reserved for check out by 1Ls and 2Ls.

Two iPads will be reserved for check out by 3Ls and 4Ls.  These iPads contain BarMax preparation materials.

Good luck on exams!  It is time to knuckle down, put your nose to the grindstone, and do all of the other clichés that mean study hard!  If you are traveling for Thanksgiving, travel safely.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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