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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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11/18/2011 at 11:02 AM
  In addition to the offerings of the Academic Support Program, here are a few resources available to you from the Law Library to help you to prepare for and take exams: CALI lessons to gauge your understanding of the legal concepts discussed in your courses.  If you have not already signed up to access the CALI lessons, you will need to obtain the Law School’s Authorization Code to create your own login. Study aids on numerous subjects.  The main study aids are the West/Thomson Reuters hornbooks and nutshells, the LexisNexis “Understanding ....” series, Aspen Publishers...
Posted by Library Blog
11/09/2011 at 07:11 PM
CASEMAKER, a legal research service available to members of the Rhode Island Bar and 27 other state bar associations, is now accessible to you free of charge in the law school version, CASEMAKERX. CASEMAKERX contains state and federal cases, codes, and rules.  There is even a citator built in to find the cases in which your case has been cited!   Their current awareness service is CASEMAKERdigest.  Begun August 2011, CASEMAKERdigest is updated weekly with summaries of opinions from recently decided court cases. Legal forms on CASEMAKERX are available for a...
Posted by Library Blog
11/04/2011 at 02:16 PM
An April 2009 article in the New York Law Journal contained the results of a survey of practice chairs, hiring partners, and recruiters about what new attorneys most need to know to hit the ground running: Business Skills! Respondents point out that they aren't expecting new attorneys to understand profit and loss statements or to get involved in the billing and collections arm of the business, but to realize that a law firm is a business: that it lives and dies on fees; that expenses have to be monitored; that their time has to be carefully tracked; that the latter is not some torture system...
Posted by Library Blog
10/28/2011 at 11:15 AM
Like HeinOnline?  “There’s an App for That!” iPhone and iPad users can now access the Law School’s HeinOnline subscription anywhere via a dedicated application.  Download the free HeinOnline app from the AppStore and then complete this setup while on campus: Add the RWU proxy server information to your device wireless settings: 1. Go to your iPhone or iPad general "Settings" Tap "Wi-Fi” Log into the applicable Wi-Fi  network (Students1 or Academics) Next tap the blue arrow that appears next to the applicable Wi-Fi  network Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under HTTP...
Posted by Library Blog
10/21/2011 at 03:49 PM
As you work on your legal and non-legal writing pieces while here at the law school, the law library has excellent manuals you can consult to get a more polished result.  Some of the manuals are: Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010 and online).  Reference, Z253 .U69 2010 Guide to Legal Writing Style (5th ed. 2011).  KF250 .L435 2011 A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2d ed. 2008).  Reserve, KF807 .A33 2008 MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3d ed. 2008).  Reference, PN147 .G53 2008 The Modern Rules of Style (2007).  Reference, KF250 ....
Posted by Library Blog
10/13/2011 at 11:54 AM
Using the Law Library databases from home is easy!  The key is to use the database list on the law library’s website, where the links have been proxied for off-campus use.  Bookmark the URL /library/research-resources/databases for the database list so that you will have it handy on your home computer.  Select the database of your choice (excluding LexisNexis and Westlaw, which require individual passwords).  At the prompt, type your name (e.g. Jane Smith) and the barcode number from the back of your law school ID.  Note that the database links begin with http://0-...
Posted by Library Blog
10/07/2011 at 01:23 PM
 A great resource for research involving materials generated by Congress and the President is ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional).  House and Senate materials include bills, hearings, reports, and floor debates.  You can locate presidential statements that frequently accompany the signing of important bills into law.  The database also provides access to full-text reports from the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress.  CRS reports offer in-depth, non-partisan policy and legal analysis of the hundreds of...
Posted by Library Blog
09/30/2011 at 10:49 AM
In preparation for the upcoming visit of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Law Librarian Lucinda Harrison-Cox has created a display in the lobby of the law school building.  Take note of the number of faculty who have submitted briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court!  In addition to the display, the law library has created a guide to various resources for researching the Court, including a few mentioned here. To provide information about the current term, the law library forwards a weekly email to all law students containing highlights from the BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) U...
Posted by Library Blog
09/23/2011 at 09:14 AM
  The Practical Law Company provides free access to law school students while they are enrolled in law school.  With over 60% of the AmLaw 100 firms and about 500 legal departments in the United States as its subscribers, Practical Law Company offers: Model documents with legal, drafting and negotiating tips Step-by-step checklists, timelines and flowcharts Handy overviews of practice areas Updates on the latest legal and market developments  The above mentioned content is available for the following areas of law practice: Corporate & Securities, Employee Benefits &...
Posted by Library Blog
09/16/2011 at 10:37 AM
The Law Library offers free unlimited access to the CVN Law School Audio CaseFiles and Video Training Library. Via the CVN (Courtroom View Network) Law School website, you can download the audio of case excerpts from casebooks in MP3 format. Search for cases by case name, casebook or subject. To hone your trial and appellate advocacy skills, watch the video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video clips. Make sure to use your law school email address when signing up for access!