The beginning of the second semester is probably one of the most stressful of all. While you would think the first semester “end game” of exams would be (and don’t get me wrong, it is), finding out how you did on those exams is unnerving. Unlike being an undergrad, our grades don’t get posted until January. What I find amazing at times is that, like undergrad, students seem to have various methods (or mind-sets) of checking their grades.
The Law Library provides free access to the L.O.I.S. Primary Law Library to all currently enrolled students. The L.O.I.S. Primary Law Library offers full-text access to federal and state cases, statutes, administrative regulations, and court rules. Cases and statutes may be retrieved by citation and cases by party names. There is keyword and field searching of documents. Free 24/7 technical support is provided. Content is continually being added.
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England).
The Law Library subscribes to the Justis database to offer its patrons full-text access to all United Kingdom legislation in force or repealed from 1235 to the present. Full-text statutory instruments are also searchable in Justis. Statutory instruments set out detailed provisions under the authority of the enabling Acts of Parliament. Coverage of the statutory instruments is from 1671 to present. These documents are available as pdf files.
The Law Library staff welcomes our incoming first-year students and returning students. We wish all a successful academic year. We are here to help you with your studies and research, so please do not hesitate to ask staff at the Circulation Desk or the Librarian on duty at the Reference Desk if you need assistance!
The Law Library staff worked during the holiday break to improve off-campus access to the law school’s various research databases. Changes no longer need to be made to your favorite web browser’s settings in order to access these databases.
Late in the fall semester, Roger Williams University School of Law hosted its Sixth Annual Legal Career Options Day, and over 150 law students had the chance to speak with almost 60 attorneys in our Atrium. Attorneys conducted table talk and shared information about their careers and employment options with their firms and institutions. Career Services Dean Anthony Bastone once again recruited a broad cross-section of successful attorneys, manifesting the “versatility of the J.D. degree.”
You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow.