Sep 19 2014

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Mobile Apps for Law

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Check out this cool, totally updated database on Mobile Apps for Law.

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Sep 18 2014

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Harvard Law School Exams

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What an interesting thing to do!  Harvard Law School has posted all of the law school exams given at Harvard from 1871 to 1998.

Here are the first 10 questions from an 1871 exam in Real Property.

Thanks to the Volokh Conspiracy for the link.

Examination, 1871.

I. What is real as distinguished from personal property? and what are sometimes one and at times the other? What is meant by estate as applied to land? What are the different kinds of estate ? Give examples of each.

II. From what source is the law of Real Property derived? Can a freehold, except as a remainder, be created in futuro? If not for what reason ?

III. What is an estate in Fee Simple? What word is essential to create such an estate at common law ? What are the incidents of such estate?

IV. What is meant by leases? and to what estates are they usually applied? Were leasehold estates known to and in use under the Feudal law? What is the usual form of leases? by what name are the parties to them called? and what do they usually provide for and contain?

V. How are covenants distinguished from conditions in leases, and what are the purposes of each? What is a lessor’s remedy for breach of covenant if there be no condition in the lease ? What is the form of his remedy if there be a condition?

VI. What is an estate at will? How distinguished from estates from, year to year, and what are such estates? How may they be determined, and when determined what do they become?

VII. Define a tenancy in severalty, a joint tenancy, and a tenancy in common. What are the incidents of joint tenancies and tenancies in common? How may they be severed by act of the parties or by act of law?

VIII. What are the nature and incidents of an estate belonging to a husband and wife? What are the rights of a surviving copartner in the lands held by tbe partnership for partnership purposes? Ist, if there are no creditors ; 2d, if needed for payment of partnership creditors?

IX. To what estates may conditions be annexed, in creating them? and by what words may this be done? What is the effect of a condition subsequent upon the descendible or alienable qualities of the estate? How ere conditions enforced, and by whom? When will equity relieve against forfeiture for breach of condition at common law?

X. What is a mortgage of lands, and how may it be created? What are the rights of the mortgagor and mortgagee in respect to the land, at law, after a breach of the conditions? What, after such breach, are the rights, in equity, of the mortgagor? What is such right called? and in what court is his remedy under the same?

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Sep 17 2014

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Sources for World Constitutions

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Among the many resources available for researching foreign law (or the law of non-U.S. jurisdictions), one of the most important is constitutions. To help locate constitutional texts, the law library subscribes to two premium databases:

  • Constitutions of the World: This Oxford database provides over 2,500 documents from more than 200 countries and 215 select subnational jurisdictions, all in English. For many jurisdictions, documents include constitutional instruments (including amendments) and analytical introductory notes that provide an overview of the constitutional text.
  • World Constitutions Illustrated: A Library in Hein Online, this resource provides current and historical constitutional texts and other basic or foundational legal sources. For the Russian Federation, for example, WCI provides the Constitution of 1993–original text, amendments and consolidated texts updated to 2014, many in both Russian and English–as well as historical constitutions from the Tsarist and Soviet periods. Primary documents are supplemented with a collection of books, periodicals and articles on a wide range of constitution-related topics, drawing from other Hein Online libraries.


For some other sources for foreign constitutions, and secondary sources on world constitutions, see the library’s guide: Foreign Law by Subject. See also the links for various countries in the library’s Foreign Law Guide.


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Sep 16 2014

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Want to learn HOW to find Legislative Intent?

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Finding and understanding legislative history can be a task that few of us relish. Perhaps because of undeveloped research skills or lack of familiarity with the right tools to get this task done…. Either way, one of our vendors, Proquest Congressional, is offering all interested students and faculty the opportunity to brush up on your skills, or maybe even acquire new ones.

This 90-minute session is designed for the associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant, law student, and law review notes & comments editor. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight, the premier legal research tools for federal legislative and government materials to:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:

a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended;

b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;

2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;

3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;

4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

3:00pm – 4:30pm, Thursday, September 25, 2014

(Please note that all training sessions are shown in U.S. Eastern Time (ET).)


Presenter:        Daryl Newhouse, Esq.

Use this link to register:

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Sep 12 2014

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Need some Rules on your iPad?

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Do you have a device you want to bring to your civil procedure class?  CALI has the Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence configured as an e-book for various devices.

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Sep 11 2014

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Consult the Library’s Research Guides

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If you need to go beyond what is covered in our introductory research classes, consider the library’s research guides. From the link on the library’s homepage, you can browse the guides by topic; or you can search them using the search box to the left and selecting Research Guides.


Guides on page 2


Pappas Library Research Guides include detailed guides on doctrinal areas (such as Copyright and Securities); guides on basic research skills (e.g., finding journal articles); non-law research (such as social sciences); and a range of guides on international law and foreign law.

Check out these guides, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, ask a librarian!

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Sep 10 2014

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Hein Online

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Hein Online is an amazing electronic resource that specializes in PDF images of the documents it supplies. Use Hein to find PDF’s of law review articles, congressional and legislative history documents, Supreme Court cases, treaties and other international material, and much much more.

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Sep 09 2014

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Read All About it! Or, how to find sources for News.


As more and more periodicals move to electronic versions, our traditional model of  finding and reading the news is evolving. In light of this reality, the Law Library is constantly evaluating and seeking ways to make your access to these sources as easy and economical as feasible. Many of the most commonly requested resources are available in multiple formats on our various databases:  Think Bloomberg Law, WestlawNext and Lexis Advance or Lexis Academic, but we also have a myriad of other databases available to assist you. This list is by no means exhaustive but will help you find the majority of our Newspaper resources:

  • First try this BU Law Library Research Guide
  • All full-time BU Law Students in residence have access to a new New York Times group pass. (Details were sent to you under separate cover. Come see the Reference Desk with any questions
  • The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal are available on the Proquest Digital platform HERE.
  • Looking for an international title in full-color display? Try Press Display which features currently over 260 newspapers from around the globe.


Still cannot find what you are looking for? Come visit one of us at the Reference Desk. We are happy to help.

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Sep 05 2014

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7th Circuit on Same Sex Marriage

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The 7th Circuit today unanimously struck down laws banning same sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. The opinion, by Judge Richard Posner, is already being called a tour de force.

UPDATE: I should have said that the court unanimously affirmed a district court order striking down the Indiana and Wisconsin laws.

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Sep 04 2014

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What’s going on?

If you are new to campus and/or the Boston area, you may be overwhelmed with information or wondering where to look for the information you need. Here are a few tips …

For campus, law school and city information, consider BU Today; faculty and school news and featured events on the Law School main page; and the two main daily newspapers, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, is an great source for news, and its Cognoscenti blog is excellent for thought-provoking opinion. And keep an eye out for the free publications distributed at businesses around town, from The Improper Bostonian to DigBoston to Bay Windows, all of which have calendar sections posting upcoming and ongoing events.

On Twitter, useful feeds include: the law school (@BU_Law), the campus police department (@BUPolice), the health office (@BUStudentHealth) and our feed, @BULawLib., as well as the Globe (@BostonGlobe), the Herald (@bostonherald) and those of other news sources.

Closer to home, each time you check the Law Library’s homepage, there are changing updates in the News & Announcements section and the Library Spotlight, as well as new posts in this blog, linked in the lower right corner.

 9-4-2014 home page

At the moment, information includes the schedule of orientation tours, survival guides for new students, a selection of new books in the collection and a link for research assistant registration. Check back regularly for updates.

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