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06/10/2008 at 11:00 PM
With the recent merger of publishing giant Thomson and international news agency Reuters, the Thomson website FindLaw for Legal Professionals was revamped with a new look, easier navigation, and additional content.  Major categories of content consist of primary legal research materials, resources for managing one’s career and practice, and legal news and in-depth commentary provided by leading legal scholars. Click on “Research the Law” tab to access federal and state cases & codes, case opinion summaries, and sample business contracts. One can also research an attorney or law firm...
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06/02/2008 at 11:00 PM
For those who are devotees of legal news, check out the ABA Journal website!  The ABA Journal is the publication of the American Bar Association and as stated on its website:“The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.” Content from the current ABA Journal and previous issues back to January, 2004 is available along with daily postings by the ABA Journal staff reporters on the latest legal stories.  Click on the Topics tab to...
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05/28/2008 at 11:00 PM
Looking for humorous reading material about cases in contracts?  Believe it or not, it does exist at the Limericks Topical Archive of the Contracts Prof Blog.  Limericks based upon various contract cases are composed by D.A. Jeremy Telman, Associate Professor of Law at Valparaiso University Law School and a contributing editor to the Contracts Prof Blog.  For the majority of the cases, Professor Telman describes the legal concept(s) he is teaching from the case along with its limerick.  Given the popularity of his limericks, Professor Telman recently signed a book contract...
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05/20/2008 at 11:00 PM
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. If you are researching an area with which you are unfamiliar, use sources such as hornbooks, nutshells, and treatises to obtain background information. ...
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05/13/2008 at 11:00 PM
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 thousand lawyers from law firms and corporate law departments in the metropolitan Boston area and outside of Boston.  The annual membership fee is $...
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05/06/2008 at 11:00 PM
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.  Check out the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries website for a wealth information...
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05/04/2008 at 11:00 PM
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 resources such as Westlaw for Patrons, Shepard’s citator service, Matthew Bender treatises, and Loislaw.  Westlaw for Patrons has cases, statutes, law reviews/journals, American...
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04/30/2008 at 11:00 PM
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: Summer School School-Related Research Assignment Moot Court Research Law Review or Journal Research Working as a Professor’s Research Assistant Non-Profit Externship Unpaid Internship/Externship Bar Review   Westlaw summer access begins on June 1st and ends on August 1st.  If you do not qualify for...
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04/24/2008 at 11:00 PM
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. Reservations will be held for fifteen minutes before the room reservation is canceled.  Room keys will be held for fifteen minutes to accommodate patrons who need to briefly leave the library.  Room keys may be renewed for an additional three hour block if the...
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04/22/2008 at 11:00 PM
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.