CELOP Program Presentation

For those who would like to review the presentation on legal sources for CELOP students, see here.

One question addressed how to access codes and ordinances for cities or towns in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries have provided this directory to city/town bylaws or ordinances for many towns in Massachusetts.

Another question concerned research in U.S. legislative history. The library has a research guide on federal legislative research here. This guide links to several sources that help to locate documents generated by Congress during the legislative process (such as hearings and committee reports); these documents can help researchers to understand the legislative intent behind the legislation.


Studying for the MPRE

The MPRE is coming up in just a couple of weeks now.  In case you’ve been putting off studying, or would like to take advantage of free resources, be sure to check out what we have here at the library as well as great online resources:

Free Courses

  • Themis
    • If you’re worried it’s too late to start this course, know that today is the recommended start date.  Access to free sample questions alone is valuable.
  • Kaplan
    • I used this course last summer when I prepared for the MPRE; it was really helpful.
  • BarBri
    • When you register, make sure you select only the free MPRE class and not the bar review.  Note that this course has both online and in-person options for Massachusetts.

You may be thinking, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch, are these courses really free?”  You do not have to pay any money, but you do have to give them your email address, so you will receive periodic emails about signing up for that company’s bar review course.  I did not find the emails from Kaplan to be excessive, and the MPRE course was definitely worth it.


Library Materials

  • Uniform Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Review, 3rd ed. (Reserve KF 306 .M85 2011)
  • Q & A: Professional Responsibility, 3rd ed. (Reserve KF 306 .L66 2012)
  • Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Reserve KF 305 .A2 2011d)
  • Professional Responsibility, 3rd ed. (Reserve KF 306 .W46 2011)


Helpful Links

Model Rules of Professional Conduct (with comments!)

Model Code of Judicial Conduct



Good luck on the exam!


Summer FUN in Boston… Or how to keep cool when the temps approach 100!

Looking for an escape from the summer’s heat and humidity but can’t get to the ocean? Consider heading to one of several local community swimming pools. Maintained by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pools provide a close-by opportunity for an afternoon of sun, summer reading, and a refreshing dip. Best of all, they’re free! Below are three that are easy to get to by public transportation.

Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool

355 Chestnut Hill Avenue
Cleveland Circle

The pool is open June 23 through August 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take theMBTA Green Line B trolley to the Chestnut Hill Avenue stop, the C trolley to the Cleveland Circle stop, or the D trolley to the Reservoir stop. Call 617-277-7822 or617-698-1802 for more information.

Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

359 Rindge Avenue

The pool is open June 23 through September 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife stop. Call 617-354-9154 or 617-576-2081 for more information.

Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

719 Memorial Drive

The pool is open June 23 through August 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cross the BU Bridge toward Cambridge and take a left on Memorial Drive. The pool is roughly four blocks down on the right. Call 617-354-9381 for more information.

(A thanks to BU Today for this compilation of area pools.)


Bar Review Study Guides in the Reserve Area

With a little over two weeks until the bar exam, we’re in the home stretch now.  Whether you’re looking for more MBE questions, or test-taking tips, you can find what you’re looking for in the reserve area behind the circulation desk:

Test-taking Tips

  • Acing the Bar Exam (Reserve KF 303 .D369 2008): This book provides checklists for considerations 2 weeks before the exam and the day of.  It also provides tips for essays and the MBE.
  • Mastering the Multistate Bar Exam, 2nd ed. (Reserve KF 303 .T35 2007): This book also provides tips for completing the MBE and essays.  It also provides general study tips.


  • Strategies & Tactics for the MBE (Reserve KF 303 .W35 2010): This includes more than 350 MBE-style questions.  In addition to questions in each subject, it includes a mixed practice exam with morning and afternoon sessions.
Massachusetts Essays
  • Essay Success Express Workbook: Massachusetts & Multistate Bar Exam Subjects (Reserve KF 250 .G73 2009): This book outlines an essay writing method, examines the components of a good answer, and provides lists of issues tested in past Massachusetts essays.

HeinOnline Adds the PTO Official Gazette

The PTO provides the last year’s worth of Official Gazettes for both patents and trademarks as well as official gazette notices back to 1995.  What if, however, you want to look at older Gazettes?  HeinOnline now provides access to the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office from 1912-1930, the Official Gazette for Patents from 1972-1993, and the Official Gazette for Trademarks from 1989-1993.