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Posted by Library Blog
06/17/2008 at 12:00 AM
Lawyer and award-winning journalist Ross Guberman offers 12 writing tips for summer associates in a recently published article in the National Law Journal. His writing tips include: • Do not agonize over every word. • Check the draft carefully for typos, citation errors, spelling mistakes and formatting glitches. • Obtain information about format, final length of the document, length of time to spend on the document, existence of a document within the firm that can be used as a template, and what will be done with the document once it is submitted to the supervising attorney. • Find out how...
Posted by Library Blog
06/11/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...
Posted by Library Blog
06/03/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...
Posted by Library Blog
05/29/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...
Posted by Library Blog
05/21/2008 at 12:00 AM
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. ...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everybody. As you know it has been finals time around these parts, and we just finished last Saturday. It still seems strange to think that I am finished with my 1L year. It hasn’t really hit me yet, for a variety of reasons, but one of which is that this week is the Law Review Write-On competition, so many of us are still working 14 hour days trying to get onto next year’s Law Review by submitting a comment or a note. It’s interesting work, but to be completely honest, it is exhausting. I think they do this on purpose; make you submit right after finals, when you are already emotionally,...
Posted by Library Blog
05/14/2008 at 12:00 AM
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 $...
Posted by Library Blog
05/07/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...
Posted by Library Blog
05/05/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...
Posted by Library Blog
05/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
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...