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West Study Aids Available Online to All College of Law Students

West Study Aids are available online to all Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students. Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, Exam Pro Series, and others covering more than 350 areas of law are available

To access the online collection, go to http://eproducts.westlaw.com/LearnMore/StudyAidsHome.aspx

You will need to login to your Westlaw account to gain access to the collection. A link to the study aids is also available under the Services for Law Students section of the Law Library’s home page.  Accessing these books through your Westlaw account allows you to personalize use, including highlighting text, full text … Continue Reading

Building Maintenance Impedes Access to Certain Collections

The Foreign & International and English Legal History Collections of the Law Library will be closed June 14-15 due to building maintenance.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

What Summer Break?

While students and faculty are largely absent from campus over the summer, we at the Law Library are here all summer long!  That means we are available to help you with any research project you tackle this summer, whether it be for a job, externship, or professor.  You can contact a librarian via phone or e-mail if you are off campus, or come see us in person in the Reference Office (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm).  We want to support both your academic AND professional success, so please contact us this summer so we can help you ace your research projects and … Continue Reading

Research tip #4: Capitalize on the knowledge of experts

Starting your research with secondary sources will save you a lot of time – instead of you spending hours first searching for the cases, statutes, and regulations relevant to your topic, and then toiling to decipher overarching legal principles from those laws, by cracking open a relevant secondary source you will often find citations to the core primary sources for your topic as well as clear explanations and expert analysis of the issue(s).  Which secondary source you choose will depend on your research needs.  To quickly learn about an unfamiliar area of law and … Continue Reading

Research Tip #2: Stay current on your topic

It is important to keep abreast of changes in the legal world that pertain to your paper topic; statutes are amended, new cases are decided, and novel issues arise, all which can affect the validity of your research.  Below we have provided information on three legal news sources you can utilize to stay up-to-date on your topic, as well as linked to two research guides that detail other legal current awareness resources.

BNA reports
BNA is a subscription resource for legal and business news that provides daily reports as well as topical libraries that cover the full range of … Continue Reading

CALI: Like Having Your Own Tutor

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is a consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction. The CALI Library of Lessons includes more than 800 lessons covering over 30 legal education subject areas. They are designed to augment traditional law school instruction, and are written by law faculty and librarians.

As an ASU Law Student you have access to hundreds of CALI lessons and tutorials.  Stop by the front desk of the Law Library for your free authorization code and register online at www.cali.org.  We also have free CALI cds at the front desk.

You can also … 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

1Ls: Learn About Your Law Library & 1L Research and Writing Tutorials

We have some short videos for you to view to get to know the Ross-Blakley Law Library.  You can access them here:  1L Orientation Videos.

Need some help with your assignments from your legal research and writing class?  Take a few minutes to check out the Law Library’s 1L Research and Writing Tutorials.

We are looking forward to meeting you on your Legal Research and Writing class library tours in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Library Resources for Bar Exam Prep

For many law graduates, studying for the July bar exam has commenced.  We want to remind you that the Law Library is open to ASU law graduates studying for the bar and that there are a number of bar preparation materials in the Library collection that may be helpful to you in the coming months:

Past Arizona bar exam essay questions and summary of issues (February 1995-July 2011)
Bar prep series – videos recorded by ASU law professors on bar exam subjects
Bar Exam Resource Guide – a guide to information and services for ASU law graduates preparing to take … Continue Reading

Research Resources for Summer Employment

The final exam period comes to a close tomorrow, and many of you will soon be starting summer jobs.  The Law Library has compiled a Resources for Summer Associates guide to help you successfully navigate your summer employment.    The guide details how you can continue to use both your Bloomberg Law and LexisAdvance accounts this summer, even when working in a commercial setting or studying for the bar exam.   The guide also offers information on a number of topical research guides from the Law Library and a variety of legal resources that might be useful to you in your … Continue Reading