Keep It Simple! (Advice from the Experts on Conducting Legal Research)

Posted by Library Blog on 05/21/2008 at 12:00 AM

When you are given a legal research assignment for which you will be paid, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and remember to keep it simple!  Keep in mind that legal research is a skill which improves with practice.

Here are some survival tips for conducting legal research:

Make sure you allow enough time.  Good legal research takes time to thoroughly check all the appropriate sources and to update the citations.

The End is Near (But Not Yet Here)

Posted by Hala Furst on 05/15/2008 at 12:00 AM

Hi everybody. As you know it has been finals time around these parts, and we just finished last Saturday. It still seems strange to think that I am finished with my 1L year. It hasn’t really hit me yet, for a variety of reasons, but one of which is that this week is the Law Review Write-On competition, so many of us are still working 14 hour days trying to get onto next year’s Law Review by submitting a comment or a note. It’s interesting work, but to be completely honest, it is exhausting.

Law Libraries in Massachusetts

Posted by Library Blog on 05/14/2008 at 12:00 AM

For those who intend to practice law in Massachusetts or in a neighboring state, membership to the Social Law Library may be of some benefit to you for your legal research needs.  The Social Law Library is the oldest continuously chartered law library in the United States.  Established in 1803, it is also one of the oldest civic and cultural organizations in Boston.  The Library’s membership consists of approximately several

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries

Posted by Library Blog on 05/07/2008 at 12:00 AM

For those of you who will be working in a legal job in Connecticut, do not overlook the resources of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.  There are fifteen law libraries located in courthouses around the state.  These libraries are for use by legal professionals and the public.  Library staff provide reference assistance, interlibrary loan, and copy/fax services.  Please note that circulation of library materials is limited to officers of the court and pro se patrons. 

Electronic Resources of the Rhode Island State Law Library

Posted by Library Blog on 05/05/2008 at 12:00 AM

If you are working in Rhode Island for an attorney or law firm this summer and do not want to travel to Bristol, check out the State Law Library!  The State Law Library is located in the Frank Licht Judicial Complex at 250 Benefit Street in downtown Providence.  In addition to the print materials in its collection, the State Law Library provides to all its library patrons free access to electronic res

LexisNexis and Westlaw Summer Access

Posted by Library Blog on 05/01/2008 at 12:00 AM

LexisNexis offers access privileges during the summer to August 1st.  You will need to register for summer full access through the Summer Access Registration link on the “My School” page or on the LexisNexis Lawschool Portal page.  You are eligible for summer full access for:

Room Reservation Policy Reminder

Posted by Library Blog on 04/25/2008 at 12:00 AM

As the end of classes draws near and studying for exams begins, here is reminder regarding the Room Reservation Policy.  Groups of two or more students may reserve one room in advance for one three hour block of time per day.  The names of at least two group members must be legibly printed on the reservation sheet.

It’s That Time Again… (or AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH part II)

Posted by Hala Furst on 04/25/2008 at 12:00 AM

Exams are back. Meh. I just can’t get that excited about them. I don’t know why I’m lacking the requisite fear, I really have no right to be this calm. Maybe I’m just fooling myself, staving off the panic. Or maybe it’s that I’ve done this once before, and I survived, so I know I’ll be ok. Which is not to say I’ll do well, just that I might not die on the inside. Personally, I think most of it has to do with the fact that Spring has come to Lil’ Rhody, and it is BEAUTIFUL outside.

Law Library Reading Period, Exam, and Spring Intersession Hours

Posted by Library Blog on 04/23/2008 at 12:00 AM

Reading and Exam Period Hours (April 23 - May 10)
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Spring Intersession Hours (May 11 - May 17)
Sunday, Closed
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Closed

The Library will begin summer semester hours on Sunday, May 18.

Justice Thurgood Marshall

Posted by Library Blog on 04/16/2008 at 12:00 AM

Justice Thurgood Marshall served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1967 - 1991.  Prior to serving on the Court, he was counsel for the NAACP, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a U.S. solicitor general.  Of interest in the Law Library’s collection is Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings: Thurgood Marshall edited by J. Clay Smith, Jr. (KF213.