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Newly Arrived books for August 2014
Sept. 3, 2014
The monthly list of newly arrived books is posted at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/newbooks/NewBooks2014August.html for your viewing pleasure.
Attention 1Ls: Your Law Library Virtual Orientation Folder
Aug. 21, 2014
1Ls: You got a blue folder from the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library at your 11:15 am Thursday orientation session on "Section Meetings with section members: What to Expect in Your Classes". Here's what's inside:
- Frequently Asked Questions for Law Students
- Scanning Books: Students and Faculty
- Selected Readings for First Year Law Students
- 1L Database Guide
- Student Services Introduction
- Time Trial card game - you can play it with classmates
- Legal Research Registration Codes - These are your personal passwords. Make sure to register these today. This is how you get Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw, and TWEN.
Newly arrived books in July 2014
July 1, 2014
The monthly list of new books at the law library is available at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/newbooks/NewBooks2014July.html
Blast from the Past! The law student newspapers from the 1950s are now in the Portal to Texas History.
June 23, 2014
A project to digitize copies of the law school's student newspapers from the 1950s to 1970s is nearing completion. SBA newspapers from the School of Law's past can be viewed in the Portal to Texas History.
Library Newsletter is Out!
June 11, 2014
The latest issue of the law library newsletter is available for download from the institutional repository. Click here to download.
Newly arrived books in May 2014
June 6, 2014
All books, videos, and other materials newly arrived at the law libary in the last month are listed at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/newbooks/NewBooks2014May.html .
New Law Dean: Stephen M. Sheppard
May 30, 2014
The law library welcomes the new dean of the law school, Stephen M. Sheppard. For more information on the Dean, click here. Publications are loaded in the institutional repository and are available at http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/publications_sheppard_stephen_m .
New Books at the Library this month
May 1, 2014
April 24, 2014
Finals are here! The law library has resources to help you through this time:
- There is an exam time Stress-Free Zone near the circulation desk on the first floor of the law library. We have board games and punching bags to help release the stress of finals.
- The law library maintains an Exam Bank at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/exambank.html , where you can find old exams given at St. Mary's. You can use the buttons on each column to sort by date, professor, or course.
- The law library has additional exams for Professors Johnson, Liu, and Ariens available in binders at the front desk. These are the multiple choice question binders.
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.
- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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
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:
- Go to http://bloomberglaw.com/activate .
- Activation Code: Leave this blank. You do not need an activation code.
- 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.)
- Click “Submit”.
- 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:
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.