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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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Posted by Library Blog
08/29/2014 at 12:57 PM
As a complement to the resources of the Academic Success Program, the Law Library's collection contains materials to help you thrive in law school. Topics directed to first year students include briefing cases, legal analysis, and answering questions in class, study aids, outlining, and studying for and writing law school exams.  Among the topics directed toward second and third year students are extracurricular activities such as moot court and law review, finding summer and post-graduation employment, and getting ready for the bar exam. The books displayed on the bookcases inside the...
Posted by Library Blog
08/22/2014 at 10:05 AM
If you have been using CVN Law School to listen to audio of case excerpts from casebooks or watch video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video clips, you can now do that via the new platform LexisNexis Courtroom Cast.   If you have not tried this free resource, you can use it to prepare for class by downloading the cases from your casebooks and listening to them in the car or on the go from any mobile device.  Not only can you download MP3 files of edited judicial opinions, you can also print the opinion with your saved notes using the new inline notes feature. ...
Posted by Library Blog
08/13/2014 at 07:54 AM
The RWU Law Library extends a warm welcome to our incoming 1Ls and returning 2Ls and 3Ls.  There are the many ways in which the RWU School of Law Library can help you have a successful academic year.  The knowledgeable, friendly service-oriented staff are available to assist you in using our various services and resources that include: Legal and non-legal research assistance in-person, via Ask a Librarian, by email to LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu, or by calling 401-254-4547; RWU Law Guides covering a wide-variety of topics; Guides on Study Aids that you may “try before you buy”; Using...
Posted by Library Blog
04/26/2014 at 07:06 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?...
Posted by Library Blog
04/11/2014 at 10:34 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...
Posted by Library Blog
04/04/2014 at 12:12 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 03:05 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 10:32 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 11:30 AM
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 04:18 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...