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Posted by Library Blog
05/04/2012 at 03:50 PM
One of your first priorities practicing law as a newly minted attorney is to determine the nearest law library so that you can access its services and collections!   Your state may have a law school library that is open to the public.  Courthouses in your state may even have a law library. As a third option, you could pay a fee to use a membership law library such as the Social Law Library in Boston or Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia. Services offered by law libraries generally include reference assistance, borrowing privileges, document delivery, and interlibrary loan....
Posted by Library Blog
04/27/2012 at 11:22 AM
The bad news is that at some point after you graduate from law school, you will no longer have access to LexisNexis and Westlaw through the Law Library.  But don’t despair!  There are many resources in the Law Library for job searching (e.g. books in the Career Collection) and legal research. If you are staying in the area, use the RWU School of Law Library!  While studying for the bar exam, you can check out books and reserve study rooms until the end of July.  As an alum, you can continue to access the Law Library’s databases from computers on the hexagons in the Law...
Posted by Library Blog
04/19/2012 at 03:43 PM
Bloomberg Law is free for law school faculty, staff, and students.  Access for students is not limited during the summer and graduates retain access for 6 months after graduation.  The Bloomberg Law service offers primary legal materials and a citator (like Shepard’s or Keycite), but its significant coverage of secondary and practice materials makes Bloomberg Law a great product to explore while you’re in school.  Some of these secondary sources include books and treatises from the ABA and Practising Law Institute, plus a variety of BNA reports, treatises, manuals, and practice...
Posted by Library Blog
04/13/2012 at 04:04 PM
Take a break from reading about the law and instead listen to a podcast about the law!  There are hundreds of freely available podcasts on law and law-related topics for law students and legal professionals.  Here are some recommended legal podcasts by Legal Productivity described in its November 15, 2011 blog post. An award-winning offering of the LegalTalk Network is Lawyer2Lawyer.  Hosted by J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi, their podcasts cover hot legal topics from all over the United States. Bloomberg Law Podcasts consist of interviews about legal issues, decisions...
Posted by Library Blog
04/04/2012 at 02:01 PM
The Law Library’s resources for international law research include cases, treaties, scholarly works, news, career publications, and links to top websites.   You can use the WebCatalog to locate items by keyword, title, author or subject.  HeinOnline, Bloomberg BNA International Trade Reporter, and Oxford Scholarship Online are among the many varied Law Library resources for researching international law. In addition to its law journals, HeinOnline offers various current and historical international law materials.  The Foreign & International Law Resources Database...
Posted by Library Blog
03/30/2012 at 11:18 AM
The William S. Hein & Co., Inc. was an early leader in microfilming official federal government publications from their inception.  These publications consisted of primary legal authority such as cases, statutes and agency regulations.  Fortunately for the researcher, many of these publications are now easily accessible via HeinOnline.  If you are looking for a statute passed by Congress, you can find it as it was enacted during the Congressional session in the U.S. Statutes at Large library.  There are options to browse by the statute’s popular name or its Public Law...
Posted by Library Blog
03/07/2012 at 06:55 PM
HeinOnline offers a wide-range of primary and secondary legal materials for the researcher easily searched within topical libraries and downloadable in pdf format.    For those participating in moot court competitions, the National Moot Court Competition Library provides access to records, briefs, and related organizational materials from the first to the most recent competition. Similarly, the Philip C. Jessup Library includes the Problems, Judges’ Briefs, Rules, and leading written memorials which comprise each competition. Several publications of the International Law...
Posted by Library Blog
03/02/2012 at 11:21 AM
HeinOnline offers a wide-range of primary and secondary legal materials for the researcher easily searched within topical libraries and downloadable in pdf format.    If you are unable to find a pre-1980s law review or bar journal article on LexisNexis or Westlaw, try searching HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library, which contains law reviews and journals from their inception. The HeinOnline Law Journal Library is the go-to-resource for cite checking law reviews. To access it from off-campus, don’t forget to use the link on the law library’s Database List at /library/research-...
Posted by Library Blog
02/24/2012 at 02:28 PM
The National Jurist, the leading publication for law students, listed the ten best websites for law students in the February, 2012 issue.  They are: ABA Journal Above the Law The Careerist Jurisprudence on Slate.com Law Professor Blogs Network    Legal Blog Watch Lowering the Bar SCOTUSblog The Prime Time Crime Review Wall Street Journal Law Blog For news about legal education and law practice, sign up for free access to the digital edition of the National Jurist as well as free access to the National Jurist Insider e-Newsletter and the Employment Insider e-...
Posted by Library Blog
02/15/2012 at 01:37 PM
Law practice has been revolutionized by mobile devices, social media, and cloud services,  expanding from bricks and mortar to portable and virtual practice. The Law Library has some great books on these topics for you.  A major publisher in this area is the ABA Law Practice Management Section.  The publications and programs offered by the Section are in four core areas of practice management – marketing, management, technology, and finance. Some recent acquisitions on law practice technology are: The 2011 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide: Critical Decisions Made...