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Sep 03 2013

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Library Tours for New Students

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Any questions about the library?  Need to know how to set up wireless printing?  Come to a library orientation tour.

All tours start in the library classroom, room 323, and will last 45 minutes.

If you are interested in touring the library, but are unable to attend during one of these times, please contact Stefanie Weigmann, sweig@bu.edu.

Date                                  Times

Tuesday, Sept. 3             10:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 4        10:00AM, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Thursday, Sept. 5            10:00AM, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Monday, Sept. 9                4:00 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 10         1:00 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 11     1:00 PM

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Aug 29 2013

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Casebooks

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Westlaw experimented with renting out their casebooks – but the business model did not play out. You can buy your casebooks at the BU Barnes & Nobles in Kenmore Square or on Amazon.  Copies of casebooks are also available on reserve in the library.

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Mar 14 2013

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Westlaw training coming your way…..

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Our Westlaw representative, Mark Jackson, will be providing training soon here at BUSL.

Several classes are being offered:  WestlawNext Certification, Cost-effective Research on WestlawNext, Transactional materials and Research, Litigation Practice materials,  as well as several state-specific (MA, CA and NY) training classes

To see the various dates available, click on this link:

http://law.bu.libcal.com/room323

and be sure to Register for the classes you intend on taking on your Westlaw Law School homepage !

 

 

 

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Nov 12 2012

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Thinking Outside the Outline

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With exams starting in less than a month, you are probably at least thinking about outlining, if not actually beginning to outline.  Outlines are great because they help you organize a lot of class material in a logical way.  The one problem with traditional outlines is that they are linear.  This is fine for classes where you’re making checklists of elements (torts, criminal law, etc.), but what about when a point on your outline is connected to more than one area of the class?  Mind maps, which organize information spatially, allow you to connect one idea to multiple ideas and see how concepts are connected.

You have options when creating mind maps.  You can draw them by hand, or you can take advantage of many different mind mapping programs.  You might chose one over the other based on how you learn or time constraints.  When I was in law school, I created mind maps by hand (using information from a longer typed outline), because I know I remember things I hand write better than ideas I type.

Exam preparation should be whatever helps you learn best.  That may be long outlines, issue spotting checklists, mind maps, flashcards, or a combination thereof.  There is no wrong way to study, so if you think a traditional outline is not the best approach for you, don’t be afraid to try something you think will be more closely aligned with your learning style.  For many people, combining different study aids and techniques will be the ticket, because the strengths of one method compensate for the weaknesses of another.  Good luck with your exam preparation!

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Oct 16 2012

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“No Jerks allowed!” Or, why it pays to be NICE.

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Now that I have your attention…

The American Bar Association recently (well, quai-recently, hey, even the best blog watcher can get behind a bit!)  published an article in its journal about the law firm phenomena of terminating a “bad apple” from the firm’s employ.

As for getting a job if you’re perceived as negative, pessimistic or  aloof?

“A serious no-jerks policy also means carefully screening potential hires—even if that means passing up superstars who don’t fit the firm’s culture.”

Lesson to learn?

Be respectful, considerate and yes NICE to your law school colleagues, faculty and staff.

It may well pay off for you in the future!

For the whole article, see, http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/no_jerks_some_firms_argue_that_collegiality_pays/

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Oct 13 2012

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Further Updating of the U.S. Code

A couple of weeks ago, the 1Ls completed their statutes research assignment, which required them to consult both the main volumes and the supplements of the United States Code.  They found that the most recent supplement we had on the shelf was from 2011.  How do you find out about changes to the code from then until now (without using Westlaw or Lexis)?

You can use the United States Code Classification Tables.  There is a table for each session of Congress.  If you choose the table “Sorted in U.S. Code order,” you can look for your code section in the left hand column, and if there is a change, there will be a citation to the Public Law that created that change.

Now, I know what you’re all wondering: If you find that your code section has been changed in the U.S. Code Classification Table, how do you cite that using Bluebook rules?  If you look at Rule 12.2.2(a), which discusses exceptions to the general statute rules, you’ll see that it says, “If the current version of a statute can be determined only by reference to multiple sources (not just a code and its supplement), it should be cited according to rule 12.7.3 [which deals with amendments].”  The sample citation, which would apply in this case is:

31 U.S.C. § 3724 (1988), amended by Act of Dec. 7, 1989, 31 U.S.C.S. § 3724 (Law. Co-op. Supp. 1990).

This is an example where you might cite to the supplement of an unofficial code (because it is the only source where the amendment has been codified).  If the change is too recent even for the unofficial code supplements, then you would use the session law rules at Rule 12.4 to cite the amending Act.  Contact the reference desk if you have questions about utilizing free resources like these tables.

 

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Sep 11 2012

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Introductions to the U.S. Legal System

Law school librarians receive requests for recommended readings for students who are beginning law school. Often these requests come from students who are coming to the U.S. from another country and seeking an overview or explanation about U.S. law and legal system. Some of the resources that we can recommend include:

You may find the law library’s research guides helpful to gain an understanding of the federal and state governments, as well as for guidance on legal research. And you can contact a reference librarian if you have questions about where to find the information you are seeking.

 

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Sep 04 2012

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Library Orientation Tours

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Need to know how to print?  Want to find a good study aid?  Join us for library orientation tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at 1:00  pm and 4:00 pm.  We meet in Rm 323.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 5 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 6 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 11 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 12 1:00 and 4:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 13 1:00 and 4:00 pm

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Feb 06 2012

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Westlaw Moot Court Brief Trainings

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Mark will be offering trainings next Monday, February 13th, at 4 PM and Thursday, February 16th at 1 PM in Room 334 to highlight features on Westlaw that will help with the 1L Moot Court Brief assignment.

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Jan 20 2012

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Update on 1L Motion & Memo Assignment

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Westlaw will also be offering sessions on researching motions on Tuesday, January 24th at 4:00 and Friday, January 27th at 1:00.  Both of these sessions will take place in Room 323.

If you are looking for sample motions, check out the book cart in the reserve area behind the circulation desk.  The list of reserve titles with sample motions is also available here.

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