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Making the Most of Midterms

Midterm season is just around the corner. Midterms are your crystal ball showing your future exam-taking self and a window to the essence of your learning style. They can be incredibly helpful to inform and adjust your study habits to achieve your academic apotheosis in December. Some students take them without much extra study just…

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Library Reference Assistant – student position opening

The ASU Ross-Blakley Law Library is seeking a Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 2L, 3L, or LLM student to provide faculty research assistance and reference services at the third floor library reference desk. Rate of pay: $20/hourWork hours: Flexible; 4-15 hours per week (scheduled 9am-4pm, Monday-Thursday)Please apply online by 3:00pm on 10/10/22 using the…

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Mind Games: Train Your Mind for Optimal Lawyering

Two recent additions to the Ross-Blakley Law Library collection have attorneys looking within, honing skills and reversing destructive thinking. Understanding and Overcoming Cognitive Biases for Lawyers and Law Students and Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers are driven by practicality: they hope to instill lessons that can make lawyers better at their job by identifying and neutralizing fallacies and other mental…

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Chained Books

Sir Anthony Fitzherbert, an English judge, published a compilation of English cases in 1516, seeking to reconcile medieval common law with a rapidly changing society. The Ross-Blakley Law Library owns a 1577 copy of this book, titled La Graunde Abridgement; a digitized version of the book is also available on HeinOnline. One of the many…

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International Criminal Law Research Guide Shines Searchlight on Regional and Global Prosecutions

The Ross-Blakley Law Library’s Criminal Law and International and Foreign Law research guides have a new criminal element: The International Criminal Law page. Both guides have been enhanced by this new addition that helps introduce and explain a very different form of criminal law. The International Criminal Law page includes information on both international crimes,…

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Brainy Strategies: New Library Books Help New Attorneys Plot Plans for Trial, Get into Heads of Opposing Parties

We are highlighting two of the latest additions to the law library that both concern skills and strategies of legal advocacy. Both provide key information to budding attorneys that is not usually at the forefront of the law school curriculum. The Fine Art of Trial Advocacy: A Young Lawyer’s Resource for Success, Paul Mark Sandler,…

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Graphics of Legal Research – Part 2: Depth Analysis or: Don’t Get in Too Deep!

When conducting legal research in Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law, you will encounter a number of graphics and symbols that are simultaneously helpful and confusing. In this three-part Graphics of Legal Research series, we are going to demystify some of the most common graphics that you may encounter when conducting legal research:Part 1 – citator…

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Icons of Currency

Have you ever noticed small bells, envelopes, or concentric semicircular lines when performing legal research? Those symbols can help you make sure that you’re up to date, and our library guide, Keeping Current, makes it even easier to navigate the many ways databases and websites help you track developments. The law is not a static creature,…

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Feeling the Rush? How the Law Library Can Help Save You Time

When you’re fighting against the clock and calendar, the Ross-Blakley Law Library can back you up. The JD reference librarians have been through the whole law school experience and know the best methods for conducting research efficiently and effectively, and they want to share those skills with you! Make an appointment to Meet with a Librarian and get…

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New Database: LGBTQ+ Rights is Now Available On HeinOnline

HeinOnline, a database that offers unparalleled access to periodicals, government documents, international resources, and more, has launched a new LGBTQ+ Rights database that all Arizona State University users of HeinOnline have access to. The database opens with an introduction to set the tone for the civil rights struggle on which it focuses, shining a light on a…

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Warming Up to Cold Calls: The Socratic Method

As a law student you experience the Socratic Method instructional model, which is based on the asking and answering of questions in class with the goal of stimulating critical thinking.  The Law School Academic Support Blog has advice on turning the Socratic Method into a positive experience: Predict: Think about the answers to questions you hear frequently in class…

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Aspen Learning Library and West Academic Online Study Aids – Your Keys to Success

The Law Library is pleased to make available to you two online study aids services. The Aspen Learning Library provides unlimited online access to hundreds of titles. Some series that are available include: Examples & Explanations (a law student favorite) Emanuel Law Outlines Glannon Guides And much more! Use this link to create an account: Aspen…

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Legal Podcasts: A Convenient & Effective Approach to Learning About the Law

Podcasts are a popular form of entertainment, but they’re also an incredibly popular way to learn. They are a convenient and effective way to consume content considering your packed schedules and little free time. Law podcasts can be an important educational tool to learn about case law, historical precedents, current legal events, and the everyday…

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Welcome, New Students! Get an Edge by Meeting with a Librarian

The Ross-Blakley Law Library can help you chart a path to success as you begin your first semester. Check out our New Student Resource Guide to get familiar with library materials and services, including our collection of online study materials. Our video collection can get you up to speed quickly, and our blog will provide timely advice as you progress through the semester.…

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Introducing Group Research Training with a Law Librarian

Our new service, Group Research Training, is an opportunity for you and two or more of your fellow students to receive personalized research training on any legal research topic. The Law Library’s expert reference librarians will meet with your group and provide instruction and training to meet your research needs. Topics can include: • Researching…

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Online Bar Study

The Law Library has many excellent resources for students preparing to take the bar exam to supplement their bar prep courses: Online Bar Study. And please refer to our Bar Exam and MPRE Resource Guide to assist as you prepare to take the bar exam. This guide highlights important information and services for Sandra Day O’Connor College of…

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Claire Newfeld, 2L and Joanna Jandali, 2L Honored for Exemplary Student Research

First Place:  Claire Newfeld, Indian Boarding School Deaths and the Federal Tort Claims Act: A Route to a Remedy Second Place:  Joanna Jandali, Jammed from Justice: How International Organization Immunity Enshrines Impunity The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law announces the 2022 recipients of the Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research.…

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New Library Titles Debate Law’s Role in Healing Our Planet

Earth Day is coming up later this month, and to mark the occasion, the law library is highlighting new additions to its collection that point to ways to protect the imperiled planet for future generations. Rethinking Environmental Law, Jan G. Laitos Historically, environmental laws have presumed an unrealistic separation of humans and nature. This has…

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Your Mindful Reminder: New Book on Harnessing the Inner Voice and Upgraded Mindfulness Guide Can Help You Succeed

The Law Library’s Mindfulness and Mental Wellness in Law School guide has been newly updated and upgraded to help you succeed even in the most stressful circumstances your studies have to offer.One new library title featured in the guide is Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It (Ethan…

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Summer 2022 and Post-Graduation Use of LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law

The Law Library provides you with unlimited access to a number of premium resources while you are in school and even after you graduate. But it’s important for you to know that your access may change during the summer or if you graduate. You may face limitations while using these platforms for non-academic work, such…

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Innocence Found: Former Prosecutor Turned Innocence Advocate’s New Book Takes Intersectional Approach

The Law Library is excited to launch an ongoing series in which we will be reviewing newly published books authored by faculty of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This is the first review in the series. As a prosecutor, Valena Beety, author and law professor, had been a carceral feminist, seeking to promote…

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Warrior of Freedom: Author Pivoted from Prosecutor to Passionate Advocate for Innocent Inmates

“Carceral feminist” is the phrase Valena Beety used to describe her old self, when she was a law student and prosecutor. The author of the forthcoming criminal justice book Manifesting Justice believed in the power of locking people up to “stop cycles of violence,” as many perpetrators of violent offenses are repeat offenders. “There’s a…

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Internship, Externship, New Job: Stand Out from the Crowd on Day One

Starting a new internship, externship, or job during law school can be nerve-wracking.  We want our work product to stand out so that we looked especially competent. To help you prepare, the Ross-Blakley Law library has put together a handful of resources from our legal research databases so that you can look your best on day one! 1 –…

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Bar Prep’s Not Just for 3Ls: The Library Equips You for the Ultimate Final

Graduating from law school is a huge achievement and a new beginning, maybe more so than finishing high school or college. For most students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, even after they submit their last exams and papers, the ultimate final exam awaits.  And bar prep isn’t just for 3Ls. The courses you…

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New Library Titles Provide Second Opinions on Famous Cases

Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Property Opinions (Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod & Elena Maria Marty-Nelson eds., 2022) This entry in the Feminist Judgments series revisits many of the cases that have achieved, or should have achieved, seminal status in property law through a feminist and intersectional lens. These rewritten opinions aim for fairer outcomes for women, marginalized people,…

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