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These books and prices are subject to change at any time. Please purchase the books for each term only when instructed to do so.

Tuition and fees do not include the cost of books and study materials, which are the responsibility of the student. The best effort estimate of the costs of books and study materials is $800 for the first year and an average of $1,400 per year for the next three years, or $5,000 for the four year JD program. The estimates are based on using new hardcover books when available. In many cases, casebooks can be rented and/or digital versions are available at lesser expense.

Book List

Unless otherwise noted, all books are required reading for the courses below. Please use the links below to confirm that you are selecting the correct edition/ISBN before making your purchases.

New Student Orientation

Course Code(s) Course Title Books & Materials
SF 501 New Student Orientation Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar – But the Practice of Law Begins Now! (2d ed. 2010) ISBN:9780837738130
SF 501 New Student Orientation Barry Friedman & John C.P. Goldberg, Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success (2d ed. 2016) (“Friedman & Goldberg”) ISBN: 9781454873563

First Year Law Courses

Course Code(s) Course Title Books & Materials
LAW 711,
712, & 713 
Contracts I, II, & III  Brian Blum and Amy Bushaw, Contracts: Cases, Discussion and Problems (Aspen 3rd ED. 2012). ISBN: 978-1-4548-1000-1
LAW 711,
712, & 713
Contracts I, II, & III Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Contracts (Aspen 6th Ed. 2016). ISBN-13#: 9781454870173
LAW 711,
712, & 713
Contracts I, II, & III Tim Tyler, Nailing the Baby Bar ISBN: 9781936160044 (Law 713-Contracts III only)
LAW 721 & 722 Criminal Law I & II David Crump, Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies (LexisNexis 3rd Ed. 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7698-8270-3
LAW 721 & 722 Criminal Law I & II Steven L. Emanuel, CrunchTime: Criminal Law, (Aspen 5th Ed. 2015) eISBN 978-1-4548-5277-3
LAW 721 & 722 Criminal Law I & II Tim Tyler, Nailing the Baby Bar ISBN: 9781936160044 (recommended)
LAW 731,
732, &733
Torts I, II, &III Meredith J. Duncan and Ronald Turner, Torts: A Contemporary Approach (2nd ed. 2012) (Interactive Casebook Series – West Academic Publishing) ISBN: 9780314280237
LAW 731,
732, &733
 Torts I, II, &III Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Torts (5th ed. 2015) (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN: 9781454840954
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Enrollment in Adaptibar FYLSE course, http://www.adaptibar.com/pricing.aspx
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Nailing the Baby Bar, Tim Tyler, 2015, ISBN 9781936160044
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, 3d Edition ISBN: 9781454825067
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Tyler, T. (2014). Simple Torts Outline ISBN: 9781936160075
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Tyler, T. (2014). Simple Contracts and UCC Outline ISBN: 9781936160068
LAW 815 FYLSE Prep Tyler, T. (2014). Simple Crimes Outline ISBN: 9781936160082

Upper Division Law Courses(Required)

Course Code(s) Course Title Books & Materials
LAW 741 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing The Legal Writing Handbook, 6th Ed. Laurel Currie Oates & Annie Enquist, (2014) (ISBN-13: 978-1-4548-41555)
LAW 741 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law ReviewAss’n et al. eds. 20th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-0-692-40019-7
LAW 741 Introduction to Legal Research and Writing Interactive Citation Workbook for the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Tracy M. Norton, Christine Hurt & Jeffry D. Jackson, 2016 Edition. (ISBN 9781522105145)
LAW 751 Business Associations I TBD
LAW 752 Business Associations II TBD
LAW 761 & LAW 762 Civil Procedure I & II A. Benjamin Spencer, Civil Procedure – A Contemporary Approach – Revised Fourth Edition – Interactive Casebook Series(West Academic Publishing 2015) ISBN: 978-1-63459-272-7
LAW 761 & LAW 762 Civil Procedure I & II Paula Schaefer, Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure (West 2013) ISBN # 978-0-314-27953-8
LAW 761 & LAW 762 Civil Procedure I & II William Slomanson, California Civil Procedure in a Nutshell (5th ed. West Academic Publishing) ISBN: 978-1628100273 (recommended)
LAW 761 & LAW 762 Civil Procedure I & II Steven L. Emanuel, Crunchtime Civil Procedure (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2014) ISBN-13: 978-1454840923 [1] (recommended)
LAW 771 Community Property TBD
LAW 781 & LAW 782 Constitutional Law I & II Massey, American Constitutional Law – Powers & Liberties, (5th ed. Aspen 2016) ISBN 9781454868330
LAW 781 & LAW 782 Constitutional Law I & II Emanuel CrunchTime Constitutional Law (15th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013) ISBN 9781454881315 [2]
LAW 781 & LAW 782 Constitutional Law I & II Araiza, et al., Skills & Values: Constitutional Law (LexisNexis 2013) ISBN 9781422474518
LAW 791 Criminal Procedure Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume 1: Investigation (LexisNexis 6th Ed. 2013) ISBN: 978-0-7698-6298-9; eBook: 9780327184232
LAW 791 Criminal Procedure 2015 Supplement to Dressler (in the course Reading Materials for Seminar 1)
LAW 791 Criminal Procedure Steven L. Emanuel, Emanuel Crunchtime Outlines: Criminal Procedure, (Wolters Kluwer 8th Ed. 2014) ISBN: 978-1-4548-2488-6
LAW 791 Criminal Procedure Susan L. Kay, Skills and Values Criminal Procedure (2012 LexisNexis) ISBN 9781422478431; ISBN for eBook: 9780327174301
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II David Sklansky, Evidence – Cases, Commentary and Problems (2012 Aspen) ISBN: 9781454806820
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II John B. Mitchell & Rick T. Barron, Skills & Values: Evidence (2nd ed. 2012) ISBN: 978076984908-9
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II Chris Chambers Goodman, California Evidence – Examples and Explanations 2d Ed. (2d ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454846864 (recommended)
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II Steven Emanuel, CrunchTime Evidence, 5th ed. Aspen 2013 ISBN: 9781454824893 (recommended)
LAW 801 & LAW 802 Evidence I & II Bar Charts Inc., Evidence, Quick Study Law ISBN 13: 9781423222408 (recommended)
LAW 831 Professional Responsiblity Wydick, Perschbacher & Basset, California Legal Ethics (9th ed. 2015) ISBN: 9781634592222
LAW 831 Professional Responsiblity Morgan & Rotunda, Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility 2016, ISBN: 9781634593960
LAW 831 Professional Responsiblity Emanuel Law Outlines: Professional Responsibility (5th Ed. 2016) ISBN 9781454868521 (recommended)
LAW 841 & LAW 842 Real Property I & II Jesse Dukeminier, Property (8th ed. 2014) ISBN 9781454837602
LAW 841 & LAW 842 Real Property I & II Brian D. Shannon & Gerry W. Beyer, Skills & Values – Property Law (2012) ISBN 9781422480472 (Carolina Academic Press) or eBook: 9780327179658
LAW 841 & LAW 842 Real Property I & II Steven Emmanuel, Crunchtime, Property (4th ed. 2012) ISBN: 9781454809197 (recommended)
LAW 851 Remedies Douglas Laycock, Modern American Remedies, (Concise 4th Edition 2012) ISBN 978-1-4548-1255-5
LAW 851 Remedies Russell L. Weaver, Michael B. Kelly, W. Jonathan Cardi, Remedies Black Letter Outline, (2d Edition 2014) ISBN 978-0-314-90409-6
LAW 861 Trusts, Wills, & Estates Dukeminier & Sitkoff, Wills, Trusts & Estates (Aspen 9th ed. 2013) eISBN 978-1-4548-3756-5; ISBN-13: 978-1454824572
LAW 861 Trusts, Wills, & Estates Peter Wendel, Emanuel Law Outlines, Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Wolters Kluwer 9th ed. 2014) ISBN: 978-1-4548-3032-0
LAW 861 Trusts, Wills, & Estates Anderson & Boxx, Skills & Values, Trusts and Estates (Carolina Academic Press 2009) ISBN: 978-1-42242-698-2
LAW 861 Trusts, Wills, & Estates French, A California Companion for the Course in Trusts, Wills & Estates, Selected Cases and Statutes, Including All Statutes Required for the California Bar Exam, 2015-2016 (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN 978-1-4548-7030-2 (recommended)
LAW 871 Advanced Legal Writing The Legal Writing Handbook, 6th Ed., Laurel Currie Oates & Annie Enquist (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2014) (ISBN# 978-1-4548-4155-5) [eISBN# 978-1-4548-4559-1] [3]
LAW 871 Advanced Legal Writing The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law ReviewAss’n et al. eds. 19th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-0-692-40019-7 [3]
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II BarBri Outlines for Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Real Property, available through Lexis Advance, at this link Here
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II BarBri Outlines for Criminal Procedure and Evidence, available through Lexis Advance at this link: Here
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Tim Tyler, Nailing the Bar: How to Write Essays for Contracts, UCC, Torts and Crimes, (2012) ISBN 978-1-936160-00-6
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Tim Tyler, Nailing the Bar: How to Write Essays for Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Civil Procedure (Federal Civil Procedure with California Comparison) (2012) ISBN 978-1-936160-09-9
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Tim Tyler, Nailing the Bar: How to Write Essays for Real Property, Wills & Trusts, and California Community Property (2011) ISBN 978-1-936160-13-6
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Tim Tyler, Nailing the Bar: How to Write Essays for Evidence, Remedies, Business Organizations, and Professional Responsibility (2011) ISBN 978-1-936160-17-4
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Tim Tyler, How to Write Performance Tests for Bar Exams, Practical Step Press 2016 – ISBN 978-1-936160-23-5
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Adaptibar on-line MBE program: http://www.adaptibar.com/pricing.aspx (recommended)
LAW 990 & LAW 991 General Bar Prep I & II Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, 4th Edition ISBN: 9781454825067 (recommended)

Foot Notes

[1] Note that civil procedure is now tested on the California State Bar through both essay and multiple choice questions. For additional practice with multiple choice questions, you may wish to use additional sources such as Emanuel’s Strategies and Tactics for the FINZ Multistate Method, which includes 75 questions on Civil Procedure, (4th Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1454873143, or Questions and Answers Civil Procedure (4th Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1632828583, or The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure through Multiple Choice Questions, (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-0735579545.

[2] For additional practice with multiple choice questions, you may wish to use additional sources such as Emanuel’s Strategies and Tactics for the FINZ Multistate Method, (4th ed.) ISBN-13: 978-1454873143. For a big picture overview of Constitutional Law, you may wish to use the Quick Study Law Bar Chart on Constitutional Law 978-142320828-0.

Upper Division Law Courses (Electives)

Course Code(s) Course Title Books & Materials
LAW 734 Professional Skills I Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (Wolters Kluwer 2011) – ISBN: 978-1-4548-0273-0
LAW 714 Professional Skills II TBD
LAW 735 Professional Skills III TBD
LAW 736 Professional Skills IV TBD
LAW 737 Professional Skills V See LAW 734
LAW 901 Civil Trial Advocacy TBD
LAW 902 Criminal Trial Advocacy Trial Techniques and Trials, Thomas A. Mauet, Tenth Edition, (2017) ISBN 978-1-4548-86532
LAW 902 Criminal Trial Advocacy Materials in Trial Advocacy, Problems and Cases, Eighth Edition (2015) ISBN 978-1-45-4852032
LAW 910 Employment Law Marion G. Crain, Pauline T. Kim & Michael Selmi, Work Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis 3d ed. 2015) ISBN 978-1-63281-538-5
LAW 910 Employment Law  A.G. Harmon, The Complete Advocate: A Practice File for Representing Clients from Beginning to End (LexisNexis 2010) ISBN 978-1-4224-2992-1
LAW 910 Employment Law  Kamela Bridges and Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2011) Wolters Kluwer ISBN 978-1-4548-0273-0 [1]  (recommended)
LAW 910 Employment Law  Laurie Currie Oates and Anne Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook, Sixth Ed. 2014 (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN978-1-4548-4155-5 [2] (recommended)
LAW 920 Independent Study TBD
LAW 921 Intellectual Property I TBD
LAW 922 Intellectual Property II TBD
LAW 931 Bankruptcy Tabb & Brubaker, Bankruptcy Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice (4th edition 2015, Carolina Academic Press, ISBN: 978-1-63043-081-8; e-ISBN: 978-1-63043-082-5)
LAW 935 Compliance  Miller, Geoffrey. The Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2014. ISBN: 1454845449
LAW 940 Federal Income Taxation J. Martin Burke and Michael K. Friel, Understanding Federal Income Taxation LexisNexis 5th Ed. 2016) ISBN:  9781522103486 (Understanding Federal Income Taxation)
LAW 940 Federal Income Taxation Michelle L. Drumbl and Deborah S. Kearns, Skills & Values: Federal Income Taxation (LexisNexis 2011) ISBN:  978-1-4224-7842-4 (Skills & Values)
LAW 950 Legal Externship The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Richard Zitrin and Carol Langford, (1999) ISBN: 0-449-00671-9.
LAW 950 Legal Externship Learning From Practice, A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs, Second Edition, J.P. Ogilvy, Leah Wortham and Lisa Lerman, (2007) ISBN 978-0-314-15284-8.
LAW 950 Legal Externship In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs, Jennifer Sheppard (2012), ISBN 978-1-4548-0289-1. (recommended) 
LAW 960  Administrative Law William F. Fox, Understanding Administrative Law, published by LexisNexis (6th ed. 2012) – ISBN 9781422498651; eBook published by Carolina Academic Press ISBN 9780327183006
LAW 960  Administrative Law Alfred Aman & William Penniman, Skills & Values: Administrative Law, – ISBN 9781422483282
LAW 960 Administrative Law Crunchtime, Administrative Law, (Aspen 4th ed., 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1454868507 (recommended)
LAW 960 Administrative Law Jellum and Jordan, Questions and Answers: Administrative Law, (Carolina Academic Press 3rd ed. 2015) ISBN: 9781630447892 (recommended)
LAW 970 Alternative Dispute Resolution The Third Side, William Ury (2000) ISBN 0 14 02.9634 4
LAW 970 Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills and Values: Alternative Dispute Resolution. John Burwell Garvey & Charles B. Craver (2013) ISBN 978-0-7698-5119-8 ebook ISBN 978-0-327-17972-6
LAW 980 Children & the Law  TBD

Foot Notes

[1] You may already have this textbook if you have taken LAW 734 and/or LAW 737

[2] You may have this book if you have taken LAW 741 and/or  LAW 871.

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