Studying, Outlining & Finals

Posted by Library Blog on 11/17/2015 at 11:38 AM

It’s beginning to feel a lot like finals. The end of the semester is always filled with studying and outlining and stress. The Legal Beagle has several suggestions for ways to cope with the end of the semester crunch time:

1. Use the library’s study resources:

If you prefer online study aids, try the CALI lessons available at

Thanksgiving Quiz

Posted by Library Blog on 11/13/2015 at 09:29 AM

New England is known far and wide for its association with the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether this is your first Thanksgiving in New England or just your most recent Thanksgiving in New England, here is a quiz to give you a break from outlining!

Fear & Stress Management

Posted by Library Blog on 11/13/2015 at 09:05 AM

One of the librarians noticed this story about overcoming fear which was recently featured in the online ABA Journal and remarked at how well it handled the issues of lawyer stress and fear.

Eyewitness Misidentification

Posted by Library Blog on 11/06/2015 at 09:40 AM

A frequently debated issue in criminal law is the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. It is also a particularly interesting topic to research because it relates to science, psychology, criminal justice, and law. Our library contains several resources on this topic, both in digital resources and in our print collection, most notably Elizabeth F. Loftus, James M. Doyle, and Jennifer E. Dysart’s Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal.

Cameras in Courts

Posted by Library Blog on 10/30/2015 at 11:21 AM

According to the United States Courts website, “[e]lectronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts has been expressly prohibited under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 since the criminal rules were adopted in 1946.”

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Library Blog on 10/23/2015 at 10:20 AM

Halloween is a time for all things spooky, even court cases and law books. In fact, a magazine called NWLawyer compiled a top ten list of cases to spook you. More locally, there was a court case a few years ago which was Halloween-themed!

Legal Haiku?

Posted by Library Blog on 10/16/2015 at 09:24 AM

As we all learned in elementary school, Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry with a 17-syllable verse form (5, 7, and 5). What you might not have learned in grade school is legal haiku.

Innovation: The Path to Becoming a Better Lawyer (Part II)

Posted by Library Blog on 10/09/2015 at 08:36 AM

On Friday, October 2, the RWU Law Library hosted the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Fall Meeting. The theme was Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation and the meeting was a great success. We gathered with law librarians all over New England and discussed innovations in law, in libraries, in legal education, in legal practice, and in organizational culture.

Fracking: A Primer

Posted by Library Blog on 10/05/2015 at 11:26 AM

There is a lot of talk about fracking these days. In fact, one well-known professor commented, “[t]here are few issues as polarizing and divisive as fracking…” Considering all the talk and polarity, below are some resources about fracking and how to research fracking and law.

Innovation: The Path to Becoming a Better Lawyer (Part I)

Posted by Library Blog on 09/25/2015 at 01:41 PM

While the cartoon Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law may be humorous, it might not teach you everything you need to know about law or the legal system. Have you ever wished that some of the cases or concepts in your textbooks were turned into useful illustrations?