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Reduced Hours for Easter Weekend

April 16, 2014

The law library will have reduced hours for Good Friday and Easter Weekend:

  • Friday, April 18:  8am - 5pm
  • Saturday, April 19:  9am - 6pm
  • Sunday, April 20:  CLOSED

Drawing to Win a Study Carrel:  Participate in National Library Week to enter the drawing

April 14, 2014

The law library is having a drawing to win a reserved, fees paid study carrel for August 2014. To enter the drawing, participate in a National Library Week activity this week, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a grand prize of a study carrel with all fees paid. 

  • Starting Monday, April 14, come to the library desk, and pick up a movie trivia quiz.  Return the completed quiz by Thursday at 5pm, and you are entered in the drawing.
  • or
  • Sign up for a Rare Book Room tour.  The tours last 15-20 minutes, and take place Wednesday, April 16 at 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, and 4:30pm.  The Rare Book room features a dramatic lawyerly look with a huge stately green granite top table, and, of course, rare books a plenty.  Go on a tour and you are entered in the drawing.  Tour sign up sheets are at the front desk of the law library, or you can email Fang Wang (fwang@stmarytx.edu) to sign up for a tour.

 

Runners up may win movie tickets or thumb drives.

* This is not the only way to get a carrel.  Carrels are guaranteed for students on the St. Mary's Law Journal or The Scholar, and recent graduates studying for the bar.  The small number of additional carrels are assigned in August in a separate process.

Reduced Hours Fri. April 11 and Sat. April 12: Oyster Bake

April 10, 2014

The annual homecoming Oyster Bake will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, 2014. Due to the campus-wide celebration, the law library will have reduced hours this weekend:

  • Friday, April 11:  7am - 1pm
  • Saturday, April 12:  CLOSED
  • Sunday, April 13:  10am - 12 midnight

For information about Oyster Bake and admission tickets, visit http://www.oysterbake.com/ .

CELEBRATING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK - April 13-19, 2014

April 9, 2014

National Library Week is April 14 to 18, 2014. For more information about National Library Week, you can read more from the ALA.

Here's a schedule of events at Sarita Kenedy East Law Library:

  • Monday, April 14 - Movie Trivia Questions
  • Tuesday, April 15 – Book Display
  • Wednesday, April 16 – Rare Book Room Tours
  • Thursday, April 17 - Law Library 30th Anniversary Celebration (invitation only)
  • Friday, April 17 - Good Friday

The Scholar: Staff Writer Application Deadline is Friday, April 4, 5pm

April 3, 2014

First and second year law students: The Staff Writer Application Deadline for The Scholar is FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 MONDAY, April 7, 2014. Submit your application on TWEN by 5:00 p.m. In order to make a submission on TWEN add the course titled: “Application for Volume 17: The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice 2014-2015 (Full year 2014-2015) - English, Fahim, Torok.”

UPDATE:  Due to a misprint in the Witan, the deadline is moved to MONDAY, April 7.

Newly Arrived Books

April 1, 2014

Click here for a list of books newly available at the law library in the past month.

Federal dockets in Bloomberg Law

March 28, 2014

Once you've registered Bloomberg Law, you can use it to find federal dockets. Anything in PACER is also available in Bloomberg Law. Here's a quick video showing how to use federal dockets in Bloomberg:

Bloomberg Law registrations

March 19, 2014

Bloomberg Law is a comprehensive research tool, similar to Lexis and Westlaw.  You can use Bloomberg Law to do paid work, you can use it over the summer, and you can use Bloomberg Law for 6 months after you graduate.

Here’s how to register a Bloomberg Law account:

  1. Go to http://bloomberglaw.com/activate .
  2. Activation Code:  Leave this blank.  You do not need an activation code.
  3. Fill out the required information.  You must use your St. Mary’s email address ending in stmarytx.edu or @mail.stmarytx.edu .
    (For what law school you attend, select “St. Mary’s University School of Law” from the drop down menu.)
  4. Click “Submit”.
  5. Check your email account for the confirmation email from Bloomberg.  Click the link in that email.  If you do not receive a user account within 3 days, then contact the law library for assistance.

 

Shepardizing in Lexis Academic

March 17, 2014

Lexis Academic is available to alumni and the public from computers in the law library building. Lexis Academic is not the same as a full Lexis.com or Lexis Advance account. The best way to use Lexis Academic is to start with a citation to a case, or law review. Then you can pull the case or law review, download/email/print it, and Shepardize. Here's a quick video showing Shepardizing in Lexis Academic:

Workshop:  Cost-Effective Legal Research this Wednesday, March 5

March 5, 2014

12 noon - 12:45 in Law Library, Room 106.

Westlaw and LexisNexis come with tuition… while you are a student. Prepare yourselves. Graduation is coming.

This workshop covers free and low cost alternatives, and the balance between saving time and saving money. Come learn about strategies for using and dealing with Lexis and Westlaw and explore print and low cost electronic alternatives.  Workshop attendees will be provided with free lunch.

Electronic Discovery Workshop this Wednesday, Feb. 26

Feb. 24, 2014

12 noon - 12:45 in Law Library, Room 106.

Come learn the basics of electronic discovery. Workshop attendees will be provided with free lunch.

Google for Lawyers: Research workshop this Wednesday, Feb. 19

Feb. 17, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, the law library presents a legal research workshop on searching Google. Come learn about all kinds of extra frills you can get to with Powersearching. We will cover essential Google search tips, features, and much more.

The workshop will be held at 12 noon to 12:45 in Law Library room 106. Food will be provided.

HeinOnline, Your Answer to Life!

Feb. 10, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, the law library presents a legal research workshop on HeinOnline, Your Answer to Life!

The workshop will be held at 12 noon to 12:45 in Law Library room 106. Food will be provided.

New Books at the Law Library Arrived January 2014

A list of newly arrived books at the law library over the past month can be found here: http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/newbooks/NewBooks2014Jan.html

Texas Law Videos, for winter break extra study

If you are looking for some light productive legal study for your semester break, try podcasting or watching videos of the State Bar of Texas CLEs. CLEs, or Continuing Legal Education classes, are short training sessions for practicing lawyers who want a quick overview of a new practice area. The Texas Bar's CLEs are free-of-charge for current students and employees of accredited law schools in Texas. Instructions for video and audio CLEs are here. Important:  Do not enter your credit card info.  These are free-of-charge for current students.  You add the CLE to your cart, then apply a discount for current law student in Texas.

Final Exam Study Resources

The law library has the following resources available for finals:

  • Exam Bank:  Online versions of old exams.  You can sort by professor or by class name.
  • Paper copies of old multiple choice exams for Torts taught by either Johnson or Liu.  Come to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the law library to borrow these.
  • NO STUDY ROOMS: Most study rooms are reserved for administering exams.  After hours and on the weekend, rooms are available as usual on a first come, first served basis.
  • CALI lessons: The online database CALI offers quizzes and lessons for a variety of subjects. Lesson quality varies.  It is worth a quick check to see if extra study material is available. Click here for intructions on registering for CALI.

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Hours Change for Easter Weekend:

Friday, April 18: Good Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday, April 19: 9am - 6pm

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday: CLOSED

 

 

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