Admiralty/maritime law is one of the oldest Western legal traditions. The historical record indicates that the ancient Greek island of Rhodes created a comprehensive set of maritime laws that were later incorporated into the Justinian Code of the Byzantine empire. The Justinian Code than strongly influenced later Mediterranean commercial powers such as Barcelona and Arles, as well as the Hanseatic League in northern Europe. Similar laws were adopted by the island of Oleron, whose feudal ruler, Eleanor of Aquitaine later imported the legal tradition to England when serving as regent for her son Richard I. Maritime law came with English colonists to North America, and admiralty remains a unique subset of federal law. In the international arena, traditional Western maritime law has been formalized by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Finals are almost upon us, so here is a reminder of some of the exam prep materials available to aid you in your studies:
The Westlaw Study Aid Subscription
offers study aid materials on a wide variety of legal topics and
includes series such as the Acing Series, Gilbert Law Summaries,
Nutshells, Black Letter Outlines, and many more.
The Understanding and Questions & Answers series of study aids
are available in e-book form from the Law Library's subscription to the Lexis Digital Library.
Print: The Law Library has a variety of study aids on the
study aid spindle next to the circulation desk and case briefs behind
the circulation desk. All 1L course subjects are covered, as are a wide
variety of upper class subjects. The Academic Success office also provides print study aids that can be checked out.
Audio: Also available on the study aid spindle, all 1L course
subjects have CD or MP3 study aids available, and many of the upper
class subjects are covered as well.
Check out the Exam Archive
for past or sample exams for your courses. If you don't find any for
your class, ask your professor if they have put print copies on reserve
at the Law Library circulation desk or if they have posted some on the
class TWEN page.
CALI provides online
lessons and tutorials on a variety of legal topics that can be useful in class
review and exam prep. You'll need a UK student authorization code to
access them, so please contact the circulation or reference desks for
the code, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.