Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Updates – For Our Incoming Students

It’s a busy time here at the Gould Law Library. We’re getting ready for orientation for our new 1Ls and looking forward to welcoming all of our students to the library in the Fall with legal research instruction and library services that will help all of you succeed in law school.  We cannot wait to meet our incoming students at Orientation!

Have you heard of the The Law School Guys? They run a website that is made for those going through the exciting yet stressful process of applying to law school, and for those in the equally exciting yet equally stressful process of getting through law school.

One of the resources they offer is a list of recommended books to read before you get here. Two of the books on the list were written by Touro Law Center faculty, who clearly know their stuff. They are:

Mastering The Law School Exam : A Practical Blueprint For Preparing And Taking Law School Exams
By Professor and Director of Academic Development & Bar Programs Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

The law school exam can be a daunting prospect. Professor Kleinhaus takes the uncertainty out of the process by guiding you in “how to do it,” and “how to write it.” Her book will help you learn how to successfully bridge the gap from class to exam. 

Bridging The Gap Between College And Law School : Strategies For Success
By Touro Law Assistant Dean Charlotte D. Taylor & Ruta K. Stropus

Wondering how you can step up your game and translate your success in college to further success in law school? Look no further. This definitive guide, now in its 3rd edition, will help you successfully navigate the educational terrain of law school. 


When you're in the Library during Orientation, please feel free to take a look at these books, available in our print collection.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all back in the Fall. We’ll be back to post again when the Fall Semester begins.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Updates - Legal Fiction

We know all of you are busy working and studying, making the summertime an essential part of your overall legal education. However, it is still summer, and if you have some down time at the beach or the pool (or even indoors in the air-conditioning), we thought we’d suggest some riveting and interesting legal fiction for you to check out.

Each year, the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal jointly award one book the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; the winner is the work “that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society.” The 2014 winner will be announced on August 28th, as the winning book will be honored on that day at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Check out these past (and possibly future) winners of the award:


This book won the largest percentage of votes in this year's readers' choice online poll, which is one of the factors considered in determining the winner for the year.







This book was last year's highly acclaimed winner, and also received the highest number of votes in the readers' choice poll for 2013.







This book came in a very close second in last year's readers' choice online poll, coming in second by only ten votes.






Have you read any of these books? Come by the reference office and let us know – we’d love to chat with you about it! Of course, you can always read the book that inspired it all, and inspires us still:






We’ll post again soon with some more interesting reads.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Updates – Books for Current Law Students

How is your summer going? We hope all of our students are having a wonderful and educational summer. No matter where you are in your legal education and preparation for entry to the bar, you may be curious about what your future career in the law has in store for you. Here are two new, very popular books that provide insight on what to expect in your career:

Author:                                Richard Susskind
Call Number:                       K120 .S87 2013
Publication Date:                2013
Review:                               ABAJournal (March 27, 2013)        
Author:                                Douglas O. Linder & Nancy Levit
Call Number:                       K115 .L56 2014
Publication Date:                2014
Review:                                Book Reviews (June 2014)







We’ll post again soon with some more interesting reads about the study and the practice of law.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bloomberg Law - Advice for Your Summer Employment

Bloomberg Law is offering a host of articles and videos to help you succeed at your summer employment, whether you’re working at an externship, in a volunteer position, or working for an organization, a firm or an attorney as a summer associate.

Log on to your Bloomberg Law account, and scroll down to the box on the left entitled “Summer Associate Survival Tips.” There you will find links to their Summer Associate video series, Summer Associate writing tips, and a series of articles with advice on how to make your summer employment a beginning step in a successful career.

We’ll be back to post with some suggestions for your summer reading list.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Updates - For Grads Working in Public Service - Lexis ASPIRE Program

If you are a recent graduate who is employed by a non-profit, charitable, or public service organization, Lexis has a program tailored just for you.  You're eligible to apply for a special Lexis user I.D. and password through the LexisNexis ASPIRE program – The Graduate ID for Public Service.

LexisNexis allows May 2014 graduates who are employed by eligible non-profit or charitable organizations to have free access to their Lexis account (with the same privileges and access available to them as a student) until September 1, 2015.

To request an ASPIRE ID, please go to http://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access/. Be sure to read the application rules and ensure that your employer-organization meets all of the requirements. Once you sign up, you should receive a reply as to your eligibility for an ASPIRE ID in early July.

Of course, any May 2014 Grad may extend their Lexis Access until December 31, 2014, for free, as we blogged about in this post from earlier this summer.

We’ll be back to post with new summer updates soon.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Updates – What’s New With Westlaw


Westlaw is changing some things about the way it offers its services, and we want you to be in the know about these changes.

First, Westlaw is retiring its Classic version. Westlaw Classic will no longer be available as an option for you to use after today.  WestlawNext will be the only version available as of July 1st. If you’ve never used Westlaw Next, and now need a training to learn how to do so, contact the Reference Office! Our reference librarians are happy to schedule a training with you, to show you the ins and outs of this research platform.

Second, if you’re a student who currently participates in Westlaw’s Rewards Program, you should know that this program is being retired, as well. The time for accumulating new points has closed, but you can still redeem your points until September 30, 2014, when the Rewards Program will officially end. So use your remaining points now!

We’ll be back to post with new summer updates soon.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Legal Research Database Summer Access Guidelines

We know all of our students are doing amazing work this summer at their externships, research assistant projects, summer employment, and summer classes.  We wanted to remind you all of your ability to use your access to subscription legal research databases during the summer, and go over the rules and guidelines for doing so.  Here's how and when you can access these databases during the summer for your research and information needs:

Bloomberg Law:

Students may use their Bloomberg Law accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Bloomberg Law account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Lexis Advance:

Students may use their Lexis Advance accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Lexis Advance account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Westlaw:

In order to use your Westlaw account over the summer, you must request permission from West to “extend” your password. Additionally, you may only use your Westlaw account for “Academic Purposes.” This includes, but is not limited to, summer law school classes, Law Review/Journal/Moot Court, projects for professors, and some not for profit/pro bono internships. “Academic Purposes” does not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity (unrelated to law school) that is paying you to conduct said research or that is passing along the costs of said research to a third party. These are deemed commercial purposes. For detailed information, and to request a password extension, please go to: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.aspx


We'll post again soon. In the meantime, keep calm and read on.