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Services to support NYLS faculty in their teaching, research, and scholarship.

What is CALI?

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of mostly US law schools that conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education, and creates tools that increase access to justice. They host and facilitate the creation of the CALI Lessons, computer-based interactive tutorials written by law faculty that cover legal research, legal writing and substantive topics of law, and are geared toward law students. The material is rigorous, but short, taking 20-40 minutes to complete each lesson. There are over 1,000 CALI lessons available and coverage includes 40 different legal subject areas. Many students find the lessons helpful in practicing issue spotting, applying legal principles, and answering multiple choice questions.

Registration Instructions

  • Please contact the Mendik Library Reference Desk (email: for the CALI authorization code, which you'll need to set up an account and download lessons.
  • Go to and click Create new account.
  • During the registration process, enter the authorization code where prompted. This is the only time you'll need the authorization code.
  • Finish the registration process, creating your own CALI username and password in the process.

Please view the CALI FAQ for more information about registering for an account and CALI lessons.

To access CALI Lessons

  • Go to
  • In the upper right hand corner of the screen, click on Login.
  • Enter the email password you created at registration.
  • At the main menu at the top of the screen, select Lessons, or use the search box at the top of the screen. and then choose a specific lesson. CALI lesson are organized into categories such as First Year/1L, and 2L/3L classes. Each subject area will lead to a wide variety of topics in a subject area. The Lessons by Subject Outline matches up traditional subtopics within courses to corresponding CALI Lessons.
  • Click on Run Lesson to start the tutorial.

Subject Area Offerings for 1Ls

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Law School Success
  • Legal Concepts and Skills
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Property Law
  • Torts