Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Updates – Books for Current Law Students

How is your summer going? We hope all of our students are having a wonderful and educational summer. No matter where you are in your legal education and preparation for entry to the bar, you may be curious about what your future career in the law has in store for you. Here are two new, very popular books that provide insight on what to expect in your career:

Author:                                Richard Susskind
Call Number:                       K120 .S87 2013
Publication Date:                2013
Review:                               ABAJournal (March 27, 2013)        
Author:                                Douglas O. Linder & Nancy Levit
Call Number:                       K115 .L56 2014
Publication Date:                2014
Review:                                Book Reviews (June 2014)







We’ll post again soon with some more interesting reads about the study and the practice of law.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bloomberg Law - Advice for Your Summer Employment

Bloomberg Law is offering a host of articles and videos to help you succeed at your summer employment, whether you’re working at an externship, in a volunteer position, or working for an organization, a firm or an attorney as a summer associate.

Log on to your Bloomberg Law account, and scroll down to the box on the left entitled “Summer Associate Survival Tips.” There you will find links to their Summer Associate video series, Summer Associate writing tips, and a series of articles with advice on how to make your summer employment a beginning step in a successful career.

We’ll be back to post with some suggestions for your summer reading list.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Updates - For Grads Working in Public Service - Lexis ASPIRE Program

If you are a recent graduate who is employed by a non-profit, charitable, or public service organization, Lexis has a program tailored just for you.  You're eligible to apply for a special Lexis user I.D. and password through the LexisNexis ASPIRE program – The Graduate ID for Public Service.

LexisNexis allows May 2014 graduates who are employed by eligible non-profit or charitable organizations to have free access to their Lexis account (with the same privileges and access available to them as a student) until September 1, 2015.

To request an ASPIRE ID, please go to http://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access/. Be sure to read the application rules and ensure that your employer-organization meets all of the requirements. Once you sign up, you should receive a reply as to your eligibility for an ASPIRE ID in early July.

Of course, any May 2014 Grad may extend their Lexis Access until December 31, 2014, for free, as we blogged about in this post from earlier this summer.

We’ll be back to post with new summer updates soon.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Updates – What’s New With Westlaw


Westlaw is changing some things about the way it offers its services, and we want you to be in the know about these changes.

First, Westlaw is retiring its Classic version. Westlaw Classic will no longer be available as an option for you to use after today.  WestlawNext will be the only version available as of July 1st. If you’ve never used Westlaw Next, and now need a training to learn how to do so, contact the Reference Office! Our reference librarians are happy to schedule a training with you, to show you the ins and outs of this research platform.

Second, if you’re a student who currently participates in Westlaw’s Rewards Program, you should know that this program is being retired, as well. The time for accumulating new points has closed, but you can still redeem your points until September 30, 2014, when the Rewards Program will officially end. So use your remaining points now!

We’ll be back to post with new summer updates soon.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Legal Research Database Summer Access Guidelines

We know all of our students are doing amazing work this summer at their externships, research assistant projects, summer employment, and summer classes.  We wanted to remind you all of your ability to use your access to subscription legal research databases during the summer, and go over the rules and guidelines for doing so.  Here's how and when you can access these databases during the summer for your research and information needs:

Bloomberg Law:

Students may use their Bloomberg Law accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Bloomberg Law account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Lexis Advance:

Students may use their Lexis Advance accounts as normal throughout the summer. There are no restrictions based on the nature of your summer placement (private firm, government, study abroad, etc.) and no special steps to enable summer access. Please remember that, while you are able to use your Lexis Advance account, your employer may prefer that you use their organization’s account for billing purposes.

Westlaw:

In order to use your Westlaw account over the summer, you must request permission from West to “extend” your password. Additionally, you may only use your Westlaw account for “Academic Purposes.” This includes, but is not limited to, summer law school classes, Law Review/Journal/Moot Court, projects for professors, and some not for profit/pro bono internships. “Academic Purposes” does not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation or other entity (unrelated to law school) that is paying you to conduct said research or that is passing along the costs of said research to a third party. These are deemed commercial purposes. For detailed information, and to request a password extension, please go to: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.aspx


We'll post again soon. In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stress Management for Bar Exam Study - Library Resources

By now, those of you who are planning to sit for the July 2014 Bar Exam may have already begun your bar prep courses or are about to begin them quite soon, and you're well on your way to passing the bar. Here at the Gould Law Library, we’re looking out for your mental health, too, as you study. Here are a few books to consider when you’re trying to take care of you during the preparation process, all of which are available to you in our collection:





Bar Exam Mind : A Strategy Guide for an Anxiety-Free Bar Exam - Matt Racine

Call Number: KF303 .R32 2011









Daily Reflections for Bar Exam Study: An Inspirational Companion for Law Students and Experienced Attorneys Taking the Bar - M. G. Groepler
Call Number: KF303 .G76 2009









Congratulations on your graduation on Sunday! We’re so proud of all of you. 


We wish you all the best as you prepare for the bar exam. Good luck and take care.





We’ll be back to post again in June.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Online Library Resources for Bar Exam Study


The Gould Law Librarians have prepared a LibGuide that provides an organized means of perusing the study aids available to you in our library. For those of you who like to study on the go, we have lists of our West subscription study aids and Bar Exam prep apps that you may want to use. We also have a page that links you to all of the print resources we have here in the library, both in the reserve room and in the main collection.

You may also want to check out these online articles, which offer useful tips about preparing to study for the bar exam in a way that makes your studying work for you:


We wish you all the best as you prepare for the bar exam! 

Our next post will provide you with resources on taking care of yourself during this intense study period – the home stretch  before you are a practicing, professional attorney.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.