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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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09/17/2014 at 02:52 PM
Before you are knee-deep in snow (or not) and studying for exams (definitely), take some time to enjoy some of the fall events in Rhode Island.  There are numerous local fairs and festivals held during September and October.  Eat delicious foods, sample brews, view the works of artists, or even dance to the music of any number of bands!   Among the upcoming events are: Pawtucket Arts Festival (through September 28) Taste of Block Island (September 26 – 28) Cluny Country Fair (Newport, September 28) Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair (Middletown, October 4-5) International...
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09/13/2014 at 04:39 AM
Grab a cup of coffee or a snack and take a break in the Library’s new Law Student Lounge. It may help to boost your productivity and spirits overall to get away from casebooks and assignments from time to time. Some popular magazine titles are available for your enjoyment: Atlantic Boston Magazine Consumer Reports Economist Forbes Money New Yorker Sports Illustrated Rhode Island Monthly Rolling Stone
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09/05/2014 at 08:50 AM
Please join the Law Library staff in welcoming law librarian intern, Misty Peltz-Steele.  Misty is completing a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.   She is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in English.  As a naval officer, Misty was stationed on the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN CG-57 (cruiser) and the USS CONSTELLATION CV-64 (aircraft carrier), out of San Diego, California, and at Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.   After receiving her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of...
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08/29/2014 at 01:57 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 11:05 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. ...
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08/13/2014 at 08:54 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 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?...
Posted by Library Blog
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...