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The Legal Beagle’s favorite book and that of dog lovers everywhere is Every Dog’s Legal Guide: A Must Have Book for Your Owner by Mary Randolph (KF390.5 .D6 R36 2005). His favorite movie is about the crime fighting pooch, Underdog! His current hero is Uno, the beagle who won Best in Show at the...



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04/26/2014 at 08:06 AM
For quick and easy access to federal and state case law, try the Law Library's new subscription to Fastcase!  Fastcase is the number one smartphone app for lawyers, according to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.  Retrieve cases in  HTML, and download them to pdf, print, or email.  To access Fastcase, you do not need to create a user name or password (though you will need to type in your name and barcode from the back of your law school ID to access Fastcase from an off-campus computer). Did you know that case law from Fastcase is now intergrated in HeinOnline?...
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04/11/2014 at 11:34 AM
This summer, will you be conducting research for any of the following activities? Taking a class Working for a lawyer or firm Working for a non-profit Clerking for a judge Working as a faculty research assistant Interning Externing Law Review research and writing Fulfilling your pro bono requirement Exploring topics for a directed research If so, Bloomberg Law and Lexis Advance offer summer access to you for any of the above activities.  You do not need to do a thing to search their wide-variety of primary and secondary authorities. WestlawNext offers 40 hours of access in June and in...
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04/04/2014 at 01:12 PM
In addition to the advice offered by the Office of Career Development staff about your use of social media, there are various sources to consult about law students’ use of social media, in particular LinkedIn. An article in the LAWPro Magazine, Student Issue #1 (2012) points out that LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for professionals, including over a million lawyers out of 120 million users in more than 200 countries.  LinkedIn can be useful in your job search to find information on potential employers.  It is important to establish a positive online profile as...
Posted by Library Blog
03/27/2014 at 04:05 PM
Stressed over writing papers or your writing requirement?  Well, stop stressing!  Librarians staffing the Reference Desk can help you.  They can show you resources for locating books and articles on your topic and materials for polishing your paper.  If a book is unavailable in the Law Library, it might be available in the RWU Library.   You can check out a book from the RWU Library by having your name entered into their library patron database.  You will need to show your law school ID to the person staffing the Information Desk.  Use the Law Library’s...
Posted by Library Blog
03/21/2014 at 11:32 AM
Among the thousands of books published annually, the Law Library continues to purchase quality works on developing issues and contemporary legal issues.  Some of these are scholarly treatises by law professors and others are “nuts and bolts” materials by practitioners who are experts in their field.  The Law Library routinely buys publications from organizations such as the American Bar Association and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  We also collect e-books that can be accessed with one click. The Law Library extensively collects materials that support the...
Posted by Library Blog
02/28/2014 at 12:30 PM
There’s still time this semester to learn more about the wealth of resources for legal research or improve your skills using Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.  You still have time to take advantage of the Prepare for Practice Certification Program class offerings coming up.  Even if you are not pursuing certification, you can learn more about the following from the Librarians: Transactional Research: Finding Legal Forms Find It Free & Fast: Reliable Websites for Legal Research Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw: Casemaker and Fastcase Lexis Advance Representative Steve Albro and...
Posted by Library Blog
02/21/2014 at 05:18 PM
HeinOnline offers a wealth of resources for legal research.  You can print pdfs of law review and bar journal articles.  You can locate a wide variety of federal administrative, executive, legislative, and judicial materials.  You can search foreign, comparative, international, and United Nations documents.  HeinOnline continually adds new content.  Recently added is the HeinOnline collection for Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.    According to HeinOnline,  “This monumental collection is a compilation of the most important historical...
Posted by Library Blog
02/01/2014 at 07:34 AM
Although January has come and gone, it is not too late to make a New Year's Resolution!  Experts on the RWU School of Law staff offer New Year's Resolutions just for you!  Pat yourself on the back if you are doing or have done what they suggest! Dean Lalli Brief every case Remember why I came to law school Read a book (non-legal) Deborah Johnson Attend networking events Have fun (but not too much) Raquel Ortiz Attend a library instruction program.  For details, go to the Prepare for Practice law guide. Kathy Thompson Disconnect my iphone/android, Facebook and email when...
Posted by Library Blog
01/16/2014 at 09:56 AM
The library’s Appy Hour technology series returns for the spring semester. Why should you attend an Appy Hour? Efficiency! The opportunity to learn tips and techniques to help you work and study more efficiently using technology. Ethics! Recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to maintain knowledge of technology as part of their ethics requirements. Entertainment! Learning about technology can enliven your day. The spring 2014 Appy Hour sessions cover: 1/28:  MS Office PowerTips: Word & PowerPoint 2/11:  MS Office PowerTips: Excel...
Posted by Library Blog
01/08/2014 at 07:46 PM
Survey Says New Attorneys Spend a Significant Portion of their Time on Research! According to a recent National Conference of Bar Examiners’ survey: 89% of new attorneys spend a significant portion of their time conducting research 91% of new attorneys are expected to conduct non-electronic research 96% of new attorneys are expect to conduct cost effective electronic research Research Methodology came in 5th in average significance among 86 knowledge areas for new attorneys! To get up to speed with legal research before you enter a competitive job market, check out the Prepare for Practice...