Oct 23 2014

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Massachusetts News Resources

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Want to stay current with Massachusetts news?  Consider checking out:


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Online

  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

This newspaper covers court decisions, verdicts, settlements, legal news, bar discipline, and court rules.  It is available through the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries either online or in print.


State House News  

  • State House News Service – http://www.statehousenews.com/

This site features a daily digest, press releases, budget information, and the latest headlines.


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  • Governor Patrick’s Official Website – http://www.mass.gov/governor/

This website includes press releases, news stories, the Governor’s agenda, legislative and executive orders, and a link to tweets.

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Oct 22 2014

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Boston Book Festival

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The Boston Book Festival is an annual October highlight, centered in Copley Square. This year’s festival is scheduled October 23-25, with most events this Saturday.

Featured speakers include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Benjamin Barber, Daniel Dennett and numerous others. A few highlights: a panel of authors on the promise and peril of technology, a program on Boston stories, and a conversation with novelists Meg Wolitzer and Claire Mesud. See the full schedule HERE.

There is also a street fair (with dozens of exhibitors) on Saturday in Copley Square. Directions, parking information and a map are available here.

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Oct 22 2014

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SCOTUS Arguments, with Dogs

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The great John Oliver offers up one of the funniest SCOTUS-related sketches I’ve ever seen. He takes audio of Supreme Court arguments and plays it over footage … of dogs, dressed up like the Justices.  You really need to take a look.

h/t to Above the Law.

UPDATE:  Oliver posted his footage on YouTube for others to use in regard to different SCOTUS arguments.  It didn’t take long for the Internet to take up the challenge.

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Oct 17 2014

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Chat with a Reference Librarian on LiveChat

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Did you know that as a law school student you can remotely chat with the reference librarians? LiveChat is available during normal reference hours, and it is fast and easy to use, even on your phone. To access it, just go to http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/services/circulation/livechat.html and start typing!



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Oct 17 2014

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Friday Fun Fact.

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Ever wondered WHY libraries, like new cars, have a smell all their own?

Click on the image below to discover the answer:




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Oct 15 2014

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Research on International Human Rights Law

Few topics get more attention around the world than human rights, but many students are uncertain about the source and scope of those rights.

If you are researching the topic, the library’s research guide is one starting place. As with most international law topics, consulting a good secondary source, such as a leading treatise or the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, is often a great way to identify primary documents and learn about enforcement mechanisms.

The most prominent arena for international human rights law is the United Nations apparatus, which includes:

A relatively new UN process is called Universal Periodic Review, which provides a regular assessment of every UN member state’s human rights record.

Other human rights systems include the regional systems in Europe, the Americas and Africa–each with its own conventions, commissions and tribunals.

Many sources provide ongoing coverage of human rights developments around the world, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; blogs, such as Human Trafficking Search and  Immigration Prof Blog; news agencies of the UN and  U.S. State Department (and the Department’s Human Rights Reports); and international news sources, such as the BBC and Reuters.

Other research guides that may provide relevant guidance include our guides to Treaty Research, Refugee & Asylum Law and International Courts & Tribunals.


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Oct 15 2014

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Cornell Legal Information Institute

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The law library enjoys providing its community of users with access to open source or free legal resources.  In that vein, the Legal Information Institute @ Cornell Law School (http://www.law.cornell.edu/) is a terrific source of reliable and free primary legal materials.  The main areas of information provided include:

  • Constitutions and Codes
  • Court Opinions
  • Law by Source or Jurisdiction
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
  • LII Topical Libraries

Take a look!

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Oct 14 2014

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Research Tools for Foreign Law.

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Researching a foreign jurisdiction—-and no I don’t mean California—can be a daunting task. Issues of language, availability of materials and or course legal regime can pose seemingly insurmountable hurdles.  Luckily the Law Library has a robust suite of databases and research guides to get you started and provide direction.

Here are some useful resources to consider when approaching a research task for a foreign jurisdiction:

The Foreign Law Guide is a fantastic starting place of introduction. It offers “relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, English translations and selected references to secondary sources.”

Each country has a home landing page that looks like this— note that in addition to the main title headings there is the ability to search laws by subject:

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vLex Global has collected legal documents (statutes and cases) from many government websites and added some secondary source materials to create a single database.  It allows searching across various countries and there is a customized Google translate overlay.

The Constitute Project  is a fantastic way to search foreign Constitutions for free and, uniquely, by topic.

We have three International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Constitutional Law, Cyber Law and Intellectual Property which provide comprehensive secondary source material and anaylsis in their respective focus areas.

Constitutions of Countries of the World by Oxford  provides access to current and historical constitutions for countries around the globe.

and our own Foreign Law Research Guide provides insight into the research process and the myriad of other sources available to you.

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Oct 10 2014

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Helpful Resources for Searching for Jobs and Internships

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If you are a 3L preparing for an on-campus interview, or a 2L or a 1L looking for a summer internship, the Library has some great sources that you might want to explore.  These include:


-Our research guides on law blogs and legal news, which will help you to keep abreast of current trends in the law, and may be useful as a conversation starter at a networking event.


-If you have a particular career path in mind, check out our clerkship resources and career resources guides.


-In the reference section of the Library, we also have The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which contain attorney profiles as well as firm law descriptions.  This series is organized by state, and can be found at call number KF190 .M37.  Other titles in this series include: The Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory (Reference KF190 .M373), and The Martindale-Hubbell Corporate Law Directory (Reference KF190 .M372). 


Below is a sample Martindale-Hubbell entry.  Just click on the image to make it larger.



-We also have a variety of other helpful books in the Library, such as: 


100 Largest Law Firms In Massachusetts – Reference KF192 .M37

Directory of Corporate Counsel – Reference KF195.C6 D57

Directory of New England In-House Counsel – Reference KF195.C6 D575

Vault Guide To The Top Boston & Northeast Law Firms – Reference KF193.B6 V38

Vault Guide To The Top New York Law Firms – Reference KF193.N4 D35

Who’s Who In American Law – Reference KF190 .W46


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Oct 09 2014

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Research Guide to Using the Bluebook

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The Bluebook can be difficult to navigate.  So, we’ve put together a Guide to Using the Bluebook to help out.  Take a look!

UPDATE:  Use the online research guide in conjunction with the print Quick Guide to Legal Citation that new students received at the beginning of the semester to attain ultimate Bluebook mastery!

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