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Posted by Library Blog
09/03/2008 at 12:00 AM
In addition to the CALI tutorials, the Law Library’s collection has various study aids on numerous legal subject areas.  These study aids include the nutshells and hornbooks published by Thomson/West.  Other study aids are published by LexisNexis and Aspen Publishers.  LexisNexis publishes the “Understanding...” series and Aspen Publishers publishes the Examples and Explanations series.  Foundation Press, an independent affiliate of Thomson/West, also publishes the Concepts and Insights series on various areas of the law. To view available titles in these series, search...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/28/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everyone, and welcome to Roger Williams Univeristy Law School’s admissions site!  As a potential or incoming student, you probably have a ton of questions about what to expect when you get to law school.  You are not alone!  I hope that I can fill you in on the joys and challenges of being a first year law student, and maybe answer some of your questions before you arrive. My name is Kelly Bennett, and I am a new law student at Roger Williams University School of Law in beautiful and historic Bristol, RI.  I received my BA in Political Science from Stonehill College in...
Posted by Library Blog
08/28/2008 at 12:00 AM
With CALI, you get free access to over 700 lessons in 32 legal subject areas.  You can use the relevant lessons during the semester or before finals to help reinforce what you learned in class.  You can access CALI on the internet in addition to using the CD that you received in your orientation packet.  Ask a librarian on duty at the Reference Desk for the School of Law’s authorization code.  For details about using CALI, here is a video from YouTube.
Posted by Library Blog
08/27/2008 at 12:00 AM
During the academic year, librarians are available to provide you with reference/research assistance.  They offer explanations of the process of legal research, show you how to use a particular tool or database, make suggestions about research strategy, and assist you in tracking down items which are not on the shelf. In order to better assist you during the fall semester on the weekends, a librarian will be available for reference assistance from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except for lunch time) on most Saturdays.  Excluded are the Saturdays of August 30, October 11 and November 29....
Posted by Hala Furst
08/24/2008 at 12:00 AM
Have you missed me? I’ve missed all of you. I have not really been able to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now a 2L. It seems like just a week ago I was struggling my way though Sibbach and Schlagenhauf. A year has passed, and yet I find myself once again spending all day in the Library on the last Sunday before classes begin, this time finishing up the Moot Court Clark Competition Brief. Oh, and reading Con Law and Admin for tomorrow as well. Right back into the fire. The summer has given me a lot of time to reflect on whether the reasons I came to law school are the reasons I’m still...
Posted by Library Blog
08/20/2008 at 12:00 AM
The School of Law Library staff welcomes our new and returning students.  We wish all our students much success in their academic endeavors. For first year students, library tours will be held September 2 through September 4.  Students will receive an email attachment containing the schedule of the library tours.  The schedule will be posted on the glass to the left of the entrance to the library on August 25.  The email will also contain details about the tour such as starting location and length.  Questions about the schedule should be directed to Nan Balliot. Also...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
Writer’s note: I wrote this while traveling in London. I simply cannot say enough good things about the program! There are few greater thrills in life that hearing a man in a wig and a robe use something you, a mere American student, told him in chambers to question a barrister in open court. Perhaps that needs some context. For the last week and a half, I have had the privilege of sitting on the bench of the Croydon Crown Court, immediately to the left of His Honour Judge Kenneth MacRae. In front of me, I see a courtroom laid out in a similar fashion to one in the US, but with striking...
Posted by Library Blog
07/30/2008 at 12:00 AM
In addition to the major commercial websites for legal news such as the ABAJournal.com, FindLaw and Law.com , check out JURIST.  JURIST is the only law school-based website for legal news.  In 1996, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Bernard Hibbitts created the website as “Law Professors on the Web.” The website was initially a clearinghouse of online legal materials authored by law professors. The website’s current name JURIST was officially adopted in 1997. Contents of JURIST include U.S. and world legal news, opinions of recently decided U.S. and foreign cases,...
Posted by Library Blog
07/25/2008 at 12:00 AM
From July 12 to July 15, several of the RWU School of Law librarians attended the 101st American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference held in Portland, Oregon.  Founded in 1906, AALL has over 5,000 members from law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.  AALL was formed on July 2, 1906 during the annual meeting of the American Library Association.  The meeting that year was held in Narragansett, Rhode Island!  Twenty-four librarians responded to the call by A.J. Small, a...
Posted by Library Blog
07/18/2008 at 12:00 AM
“RWU School of Law 2008 Commencement Speaker Linda Greenhouse Retires” Linda Greenhouse, RWU School of Law 2008 Commencement speaker, recently retired from the New York Times as a correspondent covering the U.S. Supreme Court to write and teach at Yale Law School.  Her article in the July 13 issue of the New York Times is a reflection of her thirty years covering the U.S. Supreme Court. Another New York Times item written by Ms. Greenhouse is her selection of three defining opinions issued by the Court.  They are the 1992 opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Bush v. Gore...