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Intersession and Holiday Hours

Intersession has started at the Law School, and our hours have been heavily pruned to reflect that.

 

From Wednesday, December 17 – Saturday, January 10th, our hours will be as follows:

Monday – Saturday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with Reference Librarians available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

 

To celebrate the holidays, the library will be closed on the following days:

Thursday-Sunday, December 25-28th

Thursday, January 1

 

We will be open until 8pm on Sunday, January 11th to allow incoming students to prepare for the beginning of the semester.

Extended Hours for Finals

Starting today, December 3, the Ross-Blakley Law Library will be open until midnight so that you can study just a little bit longer.  Why don’t you stay, work on an essay, look at some law books, seek hiding nooks, and watch our tweets so you can get some treats?

We open at the usual time (7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends), and the reference librarians will be on duty during their usual hours, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays.  This schedule will continue through Monday, December 15, the day before finals end.  Say you will join … Continue Reading

A Sweet Treat from the Law Library During Exams

BananaFinals are approaching and the Law Library wants you to take a break and have a treat.  During the reading and exam period we will send out special Treat Tweets.  When you get the Treat Tweet, come to the Reference office or the Circulation desk in the Law Library and get a treat!  We will have candy and fruit to help you get through the long hours of studying.  Sign-up to follow us on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/asulawlibrary

Good Luck on Your Exams!

 

ASU LiveSafe Enhances Your Personal Safety

A mobile phone app called ASU LiveSafe is now available to download for free to your smartphone or obtain for free at Apple iTunes or Google Play stores.  You can view more detailed information about the app online at https://cfo.asu.edu/police-livesafe?destination=node%2F16969

This app enhances your personal safety across all ASU campuses.  It allows you to report, immediately, to the ASU Police any tips, information, pictures, audio and video you need to report to them.  

ASU LiveSafe Mobile App Features and Benefits:Activate SafeWalk so friends or family members can view your step-by-step progress on a map. Chat live with your designated emergency … Continue Reading

New Law Library Services

Welcome to a new school year.  The Law Library staff is excited to see all the new faces and our returning students. We were very busy over the summer developing new services to make your life easier.  Three of the new services are:

Scan on Demand
Delivery on Demand
20 – Minute Trainings

You can read more about our new services below.

Scan on Demand
Do you need help gathering your research? Strapped for time? Let the Law Library HELP! We will scan and email to you print materials you need from the Law Library or any of the ASU Libraries for free. … Continue Reading

National Grammar Day

The importance of good grammar, particularly for legal practitioners, cannot be emphasized enough.  Good grammar is the foundation of good writing, and good writing is essential to both high achievement in law school and success in legal practice.   With that in mind (and in celebration of National Grammar Day today) we have provided a few resources below which you can use to increase your grammatical mastery.  Since words are the tools of the legal profession, time spent brushing up on your grammar is never wasted.

 

Professor Tamara Herrera’s “Legal Writing” column in the … Continue Reading

Collaborative Research for the Digital Age

While there have been significant changes in the realm of legal research (such as the shift from print to digital resources) conducting legal research is still often a solitary endeavor.  Two new websites are trying to change that, however, and have provided platforms designed to make online legal research a collaborative enterprise: Casetext and Mootus.

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Casetext is a “community of lawyers, law professors, and law students helping each other understand the law by annotating key legal documents.”  The website contains a database of over a million cases, statutes, regulations, and contracts … Continue Reading

The Socratic Method and You

“I cannot teach anybody anything.  I can only make them think.”
– Socrates

As a law student you have no doubt experienced the Socratic Method instructional model, which is based on the asking and answering of questions in class with the goal of stimulating critical thinking.  You can thank Christopher Columbus Landell for that, who as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895 introduced this method to legal education.  Before Landell, legal instruction was based on the lecture model, in which students memorized material from an instructional textbook and were lectured on that material in class.

Many law professors now … Continue Reading

The Importance of a Good Vocabulary for Law Students

 

A good vocabulary is essential for a law student.  It allows you to communicate effectively, boosts your powers of persuasion, and helps you make a good impression.  In his article for the September 2013 ABA Journal, Professor Bryan Garner cites research reviewed by University of Virginia professor emeritus E.D. Hirsch Jr., who states that studies have solidly established the correlation between vocabulary and real-world ability.  In fact, Hirsch affirms that the research reveals “there’s no better index to accumulated knowledge and general competence than the size of a person’s vocabulary.”

To … Continue Reading

From the Archives: Reading Period

While the seats are packed, it’s pretty quiet here in the Law Library, as students are taking full advantage of the Reading Period to prepare for final exams.

Law students have long taken refuge in the library for quiet study. Before 1993, the ASU Law Library was housed in the basement and other areas of Armstrong Hall. Without a free-standing building with dedicated study rooms (which, by the way, are in high demand this time of year – reservations are recommended!), students hunkered down at study carrells or nooks and crannies throughout the space.

To commemorate this Reading Period, we thought you’d enjoy these photos of … Continue Reading