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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.

Law Library

At St. Francis, you learn legal research skills in upper‐division research courses.

You have access to LexisNexis—a comprehensive digital library, which includes case law, statutes, practice guides, law review articles, and study resources. In addition to the skills training we provide, you can take advantage of the live research training and materials LexisNexis offers to help law students become familiar with its complex legal database.

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

SF 501New Student Orientation
Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar – But the Practice of Law Begins Now! (2d ed. 2010) (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.), ISBN: 9780837738130
Friedman, Barry & Goldberg, John C.P., Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success (2d ed. 2016) (Wolters Kluwer), ISBN: 9781454873563

First Year Law Courses

LAW 711,712, & 713Contracts I, II, & III
Brian Blum and Amy Bushaw, Contracts: Cases, Discussion and Problems (Aspen 4th ED. 2017). ISBN: 978-1-4548-88956
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Contracts (Aspen 6th Ed. 2016). ISBN-13#: 9781454870173
LAW 721 & 722Criminal Law I & II
Marcus et al, Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press 9th Ed. 2021) ISBN: 978-1-5310-1464-3; e book ISBN: 978-1-5310-1465-0
Steven L. Emanuel, CrunchTime: Criminal Law, (Aspen 5th Ed. 2015) e ISBN 978- 1-4548-5277-3
LAW 731, 732, & 733Torts I, II, & III
Meredith J. Duncan, Ronald Turner & Rory D. Bahadur, Torts: A Contemporary Approach (3rd ed. 2018) (Interactive Casebook Series – West Academic Publishing), ISBN: 9781640200708
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunch Time: Torts (5th ed. 2015) (Wolters Kluwer), ISBN: 9781454840954
Enrollment in Adaptibar FYLSE course
Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, either the 4th Edition ISBN: 978-1454873143 or 5th Edition ISBN: 9781543805963 
Substantive law outlines will be provided in the course.

Upper Division Required Law Courses

LAW 741Introduction to Legal Research and Writing
The Legal Writing Handbook, 7th Ed. Laurel Currie Oates, Annie Enquist, Jeremy Francis (2018, WK Legal) ISBN 978-1-4548-9528-2
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds. 20th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-89255983760
Interactive Citation Workbook for the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Tracy M. Norton, Christine Hurt & Jeffry D. Jackson, 2020 Edition. ISBN 9781522185550; e-ISBN: 9781522195863
LAW 751 & LAW 752Business Associations I & II
Casebook: Klein, Ramseyer and Bainbridge’s Business Associations, Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations, Foundation Press New York, NY (10th ed. 2018); ISBN: 9781683285229 (“Casebook”).
Skills Book: Rhee, Robert J., Developing Professional Skills: Business Associations, West Academic (2nd ed. 2018); ISBN: 978-1-68328-043-9 (“Rhee”).
LAW 761 & LAW 762Civil Procedure I & II
A. Benjamin Spencer, Civil Procedure – A Contemporary Approach (5th Edition – Interactive Casebook Series; West Academic Publishing 2018) ISBN: 978-1-63460-7902
Paula Schaefer, Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure (West 2013) ISBN # 978-0-314-27953-8
William Slomanson, California Civil Procedure in a Nutshell (5th ed. West Academic Publishing) ISBN: 978-1628100273 (recommended)
Steven L. Emanuel, Crunchtime Civil Procedure (7th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018) ISBN-13: 978-1454897477 (recommended)
LAW 770Community Property
Grace Ganz Blumberg, Community Property in California (Aspen 7th Ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454868187
Charlotte K. Goldberg, California Community Property – Examples & Explanations, (Wolters Kluwer 5th Ed. 2016) ISBN: 9781454868460 (recommended)
LAW 2210 & LAW 2220Constitutional Law I & II
Massey, C. and Denning, B., American Constitutional Law – Powers & Liberties, (6th ed. Aspen 2019); ISBN 9781543801484 (print); ISBN 9781543812008 (ebook)
Emanuel CrunchTime Constitutional Law (18th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2020); ISBN 978-1543807271 (print), ISBN 978-1543822441 (ebook)
Araiza, et al., Skills & Values: Constitutional Law (Carolina Academic Press, formerly LexisNexis 2013); ISBN 9781422474518
LAW 791Criminal Procedure
Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Procedure: Volume 1: Investigation (Carolina Academic Press, 7th Ed. 2017) Paperback ISBN: 978-1611639360; eBook: 978-1611639360
Steven L. Emanuel, Emanuel Crunchtime Outlines: Criminal Procedure, (Wolters Kluwer 9th Ed. 2017) Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4548-7020-3; eISBN: 978-1-4548-8008-0
Susan L. Kay, Skills and Values Criminal Procedure (2012 LexisNexis) ISBN 9781422478431; ISBN for eBook: 9780327174301
LAW 801 & LAW 802Evidence I & II
David A. Sklansky & Andrea L. Roth, Evidence – Cases, Commentary and Problems (5th Ed. 2020 Aspen) ISBN: 9781543804577
John B. Mitchell & Rick T. Barron, Skills & Values: Evidence (2nd ed. 2012, Lexis/Carolina Academic Press) ISBN: 978076984908-9
Chris Chambers Goodman, California Evidence – Examples and Explanations 2d Ed. (2d ed. 2016, Wolters Kluwer) ISBN: 9781454846864 (recommended)
Steven Emanuel, CrunchTime Evidence, (6th ed. 2018 Wolters Kluwer) ISBN: 9781454891062 (recommended)
Bar Charts, Evidence Quick Study (2016, Bar Charts, Inc.) ISBN: 9781423233121 (recommended)
LAW 821 & LAW 822Intellectual Property I & II
Chisum, Ochoa, Ghosh and LaFrance, Understanding Intellectual Property, (Carolina Academic Press / LexisNexis, 3rd ed. 2015) ISBN: 978-1-63280-6; e-ISBN: 978-1-63280-964-3
Lytle, Skills & Values: Intellectual Property (Carolina Academic Press / LexisNexis 2012) – ISBN: 978-1-42247-844-8; e-ISBN 9780327168935
Barrett, Margreth, Emanuel CrunchTime Intellectual Property, 3rd Edition (Wolters Kluwer 2012) – ISBN-13: 978-0735598072 (recommended)
LAW 830Professional Responsibility
Wydick, Perschbacher & Basset, California Legal Ethics (10th ed. 2018) ISBN: 9781640207370
Thomas Morgan, Model Rules on Professional Conduct and Other Selected Standards 2019, ISBN: 9781642420890; or 2020, ISBN: 9781642429428
Emanuel Law Outlines: Professional Responsibility (5th Ed. 2016) ISBN 9781454868521 (recommended)
LAW 841 & LAW 842Real Property I & II
Jesse Dukeminier, James E. Krier, Gregory Alexander, Michael Schill, and Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, Property (9th ed. 2018) ISBN 9781454896821
Brian D. Shannon & Gerry W. Beyer, Skills & Values – Property Law (2012) ISBN 9781422480472 (Carolina Academic Press) or eBook: 9780327179658
Steven Emmanuel, Crunchtime, Property (5th ed. 2017) ISBN: 9781454870227 (recommended)
LAW 851Remedies
Douglas Laycock, Modern American Remedies, (Concise 5th Edition 2018) ISBN 978-1-4548-91260
Russell L. Weaver, Michael B. Kelly, W. Jonathan Cardi, Remedies Black Letter Outline, (2d Edition 2014) ISBN 978-0-314-90409-6
LAW 860Trusts, Wills, & Estates
Sitkoff & Dukeminier, Wills, Trusts & Estates (Aspen 10th ed. 2017); ISBN: 978-1-4548-7642-7
Peter Wendel, Emanuel Law Outlines, Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Wolters Kluwer 10th ed. 2018) ISBN: 978-1-4548-8605-1
Anderson & Boxx, Skills & Values, Trusts and Estates (Carolina Academic Press 2009) ISBN: 978-1-42242-698-2
French, A California Companion for the Course in Trusts, Wills & Estates, Selected Cases and Statutes, Including All Statutes Required for the California Bar Exam, 2019-2020 (Wolters Kluwer) ISBN 978-1-4548-9485-8 (recommended)
LAW 871Advanced Legal Writing
The Legal Writing Handbook, 7th Ed. Laurel Currie Oates, Annie Enquist, Jeremy Francis (2018, WK Legal) ISBN 978-1-4548-9528-2
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds. 20th ed. 2015). ISBN 978-0-692-40019-7
LAW 990 & LAW 991General Bar Prep I & II
Sara J. Berman, Bar Exam MPT Preparation & Experiential Learning For Law Students: Interactive Performance Test Training, ABA Publishing ISBN: 978-1-63425-845-6 Product Code: 1620744
Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method, Steven Finz, Wolters Kluwer Legal Education; either 4th Edition, ISBN: 9781454825067 or 5th Edition ISBN: 9781543805963
Basick Schindler – Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Examination ISBN-13: 978-0735509931 (recommended)

Upper Division Elective Law Courses

LAW 714Professional Skills II
Tina Stark, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (2nd ed.), available from publisher Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) – ISBN 978-0-7355-9477-7
LAW 734Professional Skills I: Drafting Pleading
Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2nd Edition, Wolters Kluwer 2020) ISBN: 978-1-5438-0919-0
LAW 735Professional Skills III
David I. C. Thompson, Skills & Values: Discovery Practice (3d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2017) ISBN: 978-1-5310-0817-8
LAW 736Professional Skills IV: Drafting Motions

Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2nd Edition, Wolters Kluwer 2020) ISBN: 978-1-5438-0919-0

Morgan C., Dooley, M. Rushton, T., & Vaidak, N., Paul v. Dynamo Sporting Goods, Dillon and Hanson, NITA, 3rd Ed., 2018. Wait for your role assignment and purchase only the “A” or “B” version, as assigned to you. “A” version ISBN: 978-1601567499. “B” version ISBN: 978-1601567512

Gardner, J., Legal Argument: The Structure and Language of Effective Advocacy, Carolina Academic Press / LexisNexis, 2nd Ed., 2007; ISBN: 978-1-4224-1820-8; e-ISBN: 978-0-32717-708-1 (recommended)

LAW 737Professional Skills V: Drafting Legal Correspondence
Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2nd Edition, Wolters Kluwer 2020) ISBN: 978-1-5438-0919-0
LAW 739Professional Skills VI: Legal Negotiation

Craver, Charles B., Skills & Values: Legal Negotiating, Fourth Edition, 2020, Carolina Academic Press (formerly Lexis Nexis),  ISBN: 978-1-5310-1781-1; eISBN: 978-1-5310-1782-1

Fisher, R. and Brown, S., Getting Together, Penguin, 1989; ISBN: 9780140126389 (recommended)

LAW 902Criminal Trial Advocacy
Trial Techniques and Trials, Thomas A. Mauet, Tenth Edition, (2017) ISBN 978-1-4548-86532
Materials in Trial Advocacy, Problems and Cases, Eighth Edition (2015) ISBN 978-1-45-4852032
LAW 910Employment Law
Marion G. Crain, Pauline T. Kim & Michael Selmi, Work Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. 2015) ISBN 978-1-63281-538-5
A.G. Harmon, The Complete Advocate: A Practice File for Representing Clients from Beginning to End (Carolina Academic Press 2010) ISBN 978-1-4224-2992-1
Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess, Writing for Litigation, (2nd Edition, Wolters Kluwer 2020) ISBN: 978-1-5438-0919-0 (recommended)
The Legal Writing Handbook, 7th Ed. Laurel Currie Oates, Annie Enquist, Jeremy Francis (2018, WK Legal) ISBN 978-1-4548-9528-2 (recommended)
LAW 920Independent Study
LAW 931Bankruptcy
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)
Miller, Geoffrey. The Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2014. ISBN: 1454845449
LAW 935Compliance
Miller, Geoffrey. The Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, 2nd Edition. Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2017, ISBN 9781454881988
LAW 940Federal Income Taxation
J. Martin Burke and Michael K. Friel, Understanding Federal Income Taxation (Carolina Academic Press) / LexisNexis 5th Ed. 2016) ISBN:  9781522103486 (Understanding 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 950Legal Externship
The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Richard Zitrin and Carol Langford, (1999) ISBN: 0-449-00671-9.
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.
In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs, Jennifer Sheppard (2012), ISBN 978-1-4548-0289-1. (recommended)
LAW 960Administrative Law
William F. Fox, Understanding Administrative Law, published by LexisNexis (6th ed. 2012) – ISBN 9781422498651; eBook published by Carolina Academic Press ISBN 9780327183006
Alfred Aman & William Penniman, Skills & Values: Administrative Law, – ISBN 9781422483282
Crunchtime, Administrative Law, (Aspen 4th ed., 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1454868507 (recommended)
Jellum and Jordan, Questions and Answers: Administrative Law, (Carolina Academic Press 3rd ed. 2015) ISBN: 9781630447892 (recommended)
LAW 965Law Practice Management
Munneke, Gary A., “Introduction to Law Practice: Organizing and Managing Legal Work”, Thomas Reuters, 4th Edition, 2013, ISBN 9780314276452
Roper, Brent D., “Practical Law Office Management”, 3rd, Delmar Cengage Learning 2007 ISBN 978-1418029708 (recommended)
Tracey, John A., “How to Read a Financial Report”, 6th Ed (or later), John H. Wiley & Sons, 2004; 6th edition ISBN: 978-0471478676; 7th edition ISBN: 978-0470405307; 8th edition ISBN: 978-1118735848 (recommended)
LAW 970Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Third Side, William Ury (2000) ISBN 0 14 02.9634 4
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 980Children and the Law
Robert H. Mnookin and D. Kelly Weisberg, Child, Family and State- Problems and Materials on Children and the Law (Wolters Kluwer Aspen Casebook Series 7th ed. 2014) ISBN 978-1-4548-4084-8
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