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New Legal Research Tool: Fastcase
The Law Library now has on-campus access to Fastcase, a legal research database whose libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.
New Film in the Law Library
2008 film "The Reader" starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet in her Oscar-winning role.
Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Check it out today!
New Novels in the Library
Two entertaining novels by Christopher Buckley, political satirist and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, are now available in the fiction collection, located in the reading room on the first floor.
Check one out today!
No Way to Treat a First Lady: Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the ambitious First Lady of the United States (and known in the tabloids as “Lady Bethmac”), is on trial for the death of her philandering husband, and the only man who can save her is the boyfriend she jilted in law school—now the most shameless defense attorney in America.
Supreme Courtship: President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her -- Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation's most popular reality show, Courtroom Six.
Federal dockets in Bloomberg Law
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:
Newly Arrived Books for August 2016
A list of all books that arrived at the law library in August 2016 is posted here.
Welcome to the new semester!
1Ls: You got a blue folder from the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library during your orientation. 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
- 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 for June and July 2016
A list of all books that arrived at the law library in June and July 2016 is posted here.
State Statutes Online
Statutes for all fifty states are available online. Click here to find out more information.
Hein Online Guides
Need help trying to navigate Hein Online? Check out their two new reference guides, specifically designed to make you a Hein expert in no time!
August 11, 2016
The law library has resources to help you through 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.
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.
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.