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!



Law and Economics

This Wednesday, November 18, BU School of Law will be hosting a presentation by Crystal Yang on law and economics entitled “Resource Constraints and the Criminal Justice System: Evidence from Judicial Vacancies.”  If you are interested in exploring this topic, we can point you to a number of resources that may help.  For instance, The Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual may be found in print in the Reserves Collection at call number KF9685 .A355, while statistics on judicial vacancies may be access through The Administrative Office of the United States Courts and The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

If you are interesting in researching the topic of law and economics more broadly, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries also have access to journals such as The American Law and Economics Review, and The European Journal of Law and Economics, as well as a research guide on Business and Economics Resources.

Enjoy the presentation!

Law and Economics Presentation


Luck Favors the Prepared

Whether you attribute this quote to Edna Mode or Louis Pasteur, the fact remains that you need to be prepared for your first (or your second…) job.  Let the library help you with our Certificate in Legal Skills for Practice program.  We hone your legal research skills so that you are … prepared.

Coming in Jan. 2016.



Going to hear Roland G. Fryer Jr.?

This year’s distinguished lecture is being presented by Roland G. Fryer Jr. who won the 2015 Clark Medal from the American Economic Association.  He has written fascinating articles on the economics of many aspects of racial discrimination – in employment, in schooling, in housing.  You could find most of these articles using EconLit, a database that catalogs and links to economics literature.images (2)


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


50 State Surveys: Fiscal Note

Young lawyers are often asked to get the laws or pending bills from all 50 states on a certain topic.  There are a number of useful resources: National Conference of State Legislatures, 50 state surveys on Lexis Advance or WestlawNext, and  Subject Comilations of State Laws on Hein.  The newest addition to this set of tools is Fiscal Note.  It allows you to search across all 50 states and filter by subject to find proposed and enacted legislation.  Sign-up for an account now and you will have it this summer at your job.



Writing a Paper or a Note?

The library wants to help you with your paper.  No, unfortunately we can’t write it for you… But we can help you get a jump start on the research.  You can come to the reference desk.  You can make an appointment.  You can use our guide of resources for paper and note writing.  You can even come to our offices (on the third floor).  The better the resources you find for your paper, the better your paper will be.  Let us help you.



New Books

Interested in biographies?  Every month the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries release a list of our featured new books.  This month’s titles include several biographies such as:

  • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
  • Baghdad Lawyer: Fighting for Justice in Saddam’s Iraq
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: Civil War Soldier, Supreme Court Justice

To find more details on these other new titles, check out our list at: http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/newbooks/current/index.html.


BUSL and the Restatements

We often think of the Restatements from the ALI as codifying old rules on Torts or Agency, but often they are also helping to develop a field of law.  The National Labor Relations Board recently expanded the joint-employer standard in Browning Ferris Industries, citing the Restatement (Second) of Agency, and the Restatement of Law, Employment Law in its opinion.

In response to the NLRB decision, Rep. John Kline and Sen. Lamar Alexander introduced the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (H.R. 3459, S. 2015).  At hearings in response to that legislation Associate Reporter for the Restatement of Law, Employment Law, BUSL Prof. Harper testified.

As a Reporter he is responsible for developing the principles of law articulated by the Restatements in a way that reflects caselaw and current practices.   A Reporter is an expert in the field of law being considered, usually a legal scholar, and with the help of research assistants, the Reporter does the basic research and prepares drafts that are then considered by the ALI as a whole.