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Exam Time – Stay in Control During Times of Stress

Medical studies indicate that staying aware of the present moment can improve your focus and performance in stressful situations. It doesn’t take a deserted forest lake (although that sounds really nice), perfect lotus posture, or hours of a silenced mind to achieve mindfulness. It’s a skill useful for everyone, and particularly worthwhile for law students…

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Research Certifications Keep You in Business During Winter Lulls

Bloomberg Law, a research platform best known for its extensive collection of court dockets and for integrating business and legal research, has a new certification program. This program, along with similar offerings–Westlaw’s Knowledge Center and Lexis Learn—provides opportunities to hone your research skills and stand out to employers. They’re perfect for downtime during winter break.…

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Costumes gone awry, haunted houses, and nasty decorations – oh my!

Have care while celebrating Halloween this weekend, because as these cases show, Halloween is fertile ground for legal issues: Mary and her (flaming) little lambSusan and Frank Ferlito attended a Halloween party dressed as Mary and Her Little Lamb.  Frank’s lamb costume consisted of hundreds of Johnson & Johnson cotton balls glued to a set…

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Outlining in the Alternative: Anki’s Online, Multimedia Flashcards

Students learn differently from one another, and the traditional law school methods may not resonate as strongly with one student as the next. And that’s OK. Students who may not feel inspired by the traditional outline can do more to remember the key information necessary for an optimal finals performance. One tool that will make…

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Flow Charts Made Easy: Whimsical.com Website Eliminates Much of the Formatting Effort

Flow charts are an amazing resource for final exams when time is of the essence; they pack in a lot of information and help break down complicated legal analyses into simple steps. They also help ensure that students write about each step of their legal analysis rather than resort to conclusory statements. https://www.youtube.com/embed/DSCCPSZp3XY The tradeoff…

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Flash Cards and Flowcharts: Optimizing Study for Your Learning Style

Legal study aids are increasingly catering to the vast diversity of learning methods that suit different students best, from visual aids such as flow charts to practice questions to audio and visual resources. Below we have highlighted tools for creating and accessing flow charts (great for visual learners) and flashcards (useful when you need to memorize a lot of information). We highly…

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Courtroom Drama: New Books Detail Famed Criminal Cases and “Bad” Decisions

The basic curriculum of law school tends to stay out of the courtroom, with analysis of appellate opinions largely supplanting study of the day to day activities of trial courts. But what happens even at the trial level can have profound impacts on society, with famous criminal cases capturing the public imagination. Judges can also…

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Adding terms and connectors searching to your legal research toolkit

Have you ever searched on Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg and found that your “Google”-like keyword searching is bringing up an overwhelming list of 10,000+ resources, and worse, none of those resources seem useful? When this happens to you, we recommend terms and connectors searching. Terms and connectors searching, also called Boolean searching and advanced searching,…

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Legal Employment and Professional Development Guide Helps You Land Dream Job

It may take more than a polished cover letter and impressive resume to land the job of your dreams. Employers look at more than just grades—they are looking at the whole person including professional demeanor, communication skills, extracurriculars, and more. How do prospective attorneys break through and demonstrate that they belong in the legal profession?…

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Blazing Your Research Trail

We’ve all been there. An ember of a memory of the perfect case or statute we read a few days ago faintly glows. It’s the tantalizing last vestige of a source whose value we failed to initially recognize.Cases and other resources we too hastily reject may not be lost forever. We can find traces of…

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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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