Today marks the beginning of the reading period for my last set of fall finals in law school. My nostalgia is predictably overcome by concern that I will fail the two exams I do have.
Lawyers are understandably interested in how judges are selected. There is much attention given to appointments to the federal bench, like the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court and current nomination of
In addition to the resources and sage advice offered by the folks in the office of the Dean of Students, here are a few Law Library resources to help you prepare for and take your exams!
Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (Reserve and Stacks, KF283 .F47 1999) is authored by two law professors and includes discussions of sample essay questions and answers for Torts, Property, Constitutional Law, and Contracts.
The School of Law recently welcomed the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, launching our Women Who Lead series, with an address on “Our American Constitutions: Models for the 21st Century.”
In recent years Massachusetts has become the bar exam of choice for our most of our graduates (surpassing RI), and as a result Mass is now our “reporting state” for the American Bar Association. The July 2009 results reinforce how well our graduates perform when compared to all takers (which in Mass includes almost 400 graduates of Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University).
In addition to the resources of the Office of Career Services, the Law Library’s Career Collection offers some publications for tips on enhancing your interviewing skills. All books shelved in the Law Library’s Career Collection, adjacent to the Library Print Center, can be checked out for a period of three weeks. Here are some current publications:
The Insider’s Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job : What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing by Erika M. Finn and Jessica T. Olmon (Career,KF297 .F56 2009)
One of the highlights of fall semesters at RWU Law is the annual visit of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The Court comes to campus to preside over the final round of our flagship internal Moot Court Competition, named after a deeply respected member of our faculty, the late Esther Clark. The case involved a sweeping youth curfew in a hypothetical town, which was challenged on the grounds that it violated both substantive due process (the right to travel) and the equal protection clause (unduly burdening a suspect class—minors).
Our fledgling Immigration Law Clinic has hit the ground running, winning the freedom of a 27-year old Liberian college student who suffered the horrors of the Liberian civil wars, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, then became a permanent resident. The Department of Homeland Security sought to deport him because of two offenses in RI for which he received no jail time (a receipt of stolen property and assault). He had spent 10 months in jail before the RWUSOL Immigration Clinic got involved in his case.
In addition to the opportunity to network at the 6th Annual Legal Career Options Day sponsored by the Office of Career Services, check out publications in the Law Library’s Career Collection for tips on improving your networking skills. The Career Collection is located adjacent to the Library Print Center. The publications can be checked out for three weeks. Some publications are: