Orientation is over, and classes have gotten underway; but before I get into that, I’d like to tell you a little bit about orientation, and what you can expect.
The second year has started off at a record pace. Already we’re two weeks in, one week which was short, in fact, and I’m once again up to my eyeballs in school work, extracurriculars and clubs, and the added stress of second year: the job search. I barely feel like I had a summer this year, and already I’m looking for a job for next summer. This is kind of ludicrous, really, when you think about it. After one year of law school I’m supposed to know what kind of law I want to practice, where I want to practice, how I want to practice, all of it.
In addition to the CALI tutorials, the Law Library’s collection has various study aids on numerous legal subject areas. These study aids include the nutshells and hornbooks published by Thomson/West. Other study aids are published by LexisNexis and Aspen Publishers. LexisNexis publishes the “Understanding...” series and Aspen Publishers publishes the Examples and Explanations series. Foundation Press, an independent affiliate of Thomson/West, also publishes the Concepts and Insights series on various areas of the law.
With CALI, you get free access to over 700 lessons in 32 legal subject areas. You can use the relevant lessons during the semester or before finals to help reinforce what you learned in class. You can access CALI on the internet in addition to using the CD that you received in your orientation packet. Ask a librarian on duty at the Reference Desk for the School of Law’s authorization code. For details about using CALI, here is a video
Hi everyone, and welcome to Roger Williams Univeristy Law School’s admissions site! As a potential or incoming student, you probably have a ton of questions about what to expect when you get to law school. You are not alone! I hope that I can fill you in on the joys and challenges of being a first year law student, and maybe answer some of your questions before you arrive.
During the academic year, librarians are available to provide you with reference/research assistance. They offer explanations of the process of legal research, show you how to use a particular tool or database, make suggestions about research strategy, and assist you in tracking down items which are not on the shelf.
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The School of Law Library staff welcomes our new and returning students. We wish all our students much success in their academic endeavors.
Writer’s note: I wrote this while traveling in London. I simply cannot say enough good things about the program!