Certification Class: Regulations


Research in the regulations promulgated by administrative agencies is an important component of U.S. legal work. This class will augment what you learn in law school courses and will include finding regulations, working with the principal publications (Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations), and updating research to locate the most current information.

This class will be offered on Feb. 8th and 10th from 1-2 PM in Room 335

Register for this and other classes here:  http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register



Bloomberg BNA Student Write-On Competition Just Announced


Bloomberg BNA has just opened its student write-on competition to Boston University Law Students giving you a great opportunity to get your writing published (and possibly win some cash too!) in one of a selected number of BNA Law Reports.

Here are the details:

“Students interested in participating will have to write a short original article, 1000-1600 words, that analyzes trends or developments in the law.  Students with winning articles will work directly with the Executive Editors of each participating BNA Law Report to get their articles ready for publishing in the first edition of that Law Report in April 2016.”
There is also a direct link from the Bloomberg Law homepage.


Sharpen those pens and Good luck!



SCOTUS, Immigration, and the “take care” clause.

The United States Supreme Court just announced that it will be hearing the long festering dispute between the Federal government and some 25 states, led by Texas, in a bitter battle over the Nation’s broken immigration policy (See, United States v. Texas).

In a surprise move, however, the Court added a new subplot to the drama by requiring both sides to brief  a little discussed, and heretofore, nonexistent issue in the instant case, the language in the Constitution called the “take care” clause.

Oral arguments are expected in April, with a decision in late June 2016.

Want to read more? Follow this case closely?

Visit SCOTUSBlog for excellent in-depth coverage of the Court and its cases.



Exam Resources To Get You Ready

Your Law Libraries have a multitude of exam preparation resources available to assist you.

Your most comprehensive source for all the materials available to you is found on our Exam Preparation Research Guide. This is where you will find links and suggestions on the myriad of materials waiting just a few clicks or steps away.

While the resources here are surely not exhaustive, take a look and see how we can help you during this stressful time.

(Speaking of stress: One true secret to success in law school, and beyond, is learning tools to manage stress. Make sure to eat right, exercise, meditate, do yoga, relax a bit over the holidays and most importantly, get enough sleep!)


Wishing you all great success and good luck in the weeks to come!



It is training season again….

Training on the Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext platforms has begun again at BUSL.

Each of these three vendors offers specialized trainins sessions for all levels of users on their platforms.

(ATTN. 1L’s: Employers will expect that you have completed these certification trainings during your first year here at BUSL. Sign-up NOW.)

To get more information, simply login to the vendor’s site and look for the trainings on offer on the landing page of these sites.


Go here for BL: Bloomberg Law Trainings

Here for LA: Lexis Advance Trainings

and Here for WN:  WestlawNext Trainings


Bluebook Citation made easy [well, easier]

The Bluebook introduced a new 20th edition in July. With the new edition comes some welcome changes.

If you are looking for some help navigating the Bluebook, (honestly, who isn’t????) please be sure to look at our Research Guide designed to help you sort out the Bluebook and all its intricacies…..

The Bluebook Research Guide

Remember, we are always available to help you at the Reference Desk if you still have questions!




ProQuest Congressional is offering helpful training for Legislative History research. (Dates below.)

ProQuest Congressional is a fantastic resource available through the Libraries’ A-Z e-resources list to assist you with any of your research on Congress, legislative histories (legislative intent) and even regulation-orientated tasks.



ProQuest is offering webinar sessions for all users to improve your skills. Here are the upcoming dates:

Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

 This 90-minute session is designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. 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: 
  2. 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; 
  3. 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.

The Importance of Being…Earnestly Connected.

Having just returned from the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries in Philadelphia I am in a reflective mood about the importance and benefits of “connection.” While in today’s hyper-socially interactive world where we are incessantly bombarded by postings, tweets, and other digital messages, this may appear obvious, what perhaps is less-so is the value that professional organizations and associations may have for you as future legal practitioners and as professionals more generally.

Now, deciding which organizations to join and which to truly dedicate oneself to is an important distinction to draw. For future lawyers it seems obvious that the American Bar Association is a worthy choice. Do not stop there, however, as the multitudes of committees, divisions, forums and sections will surely be of interest and will in many ways help you feel more connected and integral to your newly chosen (noble) calling. (Author’s Note: Student memberships are free.)

Putting your legal education into practice  doing pro-bono activities will likely become one of the more satisfying aspects of your new career. Find something that inspires you as this will make you feel part of something bigger than yourself and provide perspective when studying and the stresses of law school are giving you the blues.

If you need assistance finding organizations and worthy associations, please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk to chat.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!