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Bluebook Training

Do you need help with citations? Do you need help with using the Bluebook in general? Professor Marie Templo will be holding Bluebook Training to answer all of your questions on the following dates:

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your lunch and all of your Bluebook questions! Please register here.Bluebook

 

 

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Lunch and Learn with the Library!

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Five Keys for Acing Your Exams

Law Students – Five Keys for Acing Your Exams by the founder of LegalJob.com, Adam Gropper

It has been said that law school does not prepare one for the actual practice of law.  In some ways that is true.  However, the preparation for and the taking of final written exams provides multiple opportunities to think and act like a real lawyer serving the needs of your client (which in this case is your professor).  Your mission is to understand the facts you need (which may or may not have been supplied) and apply the relevant legal principals in a concise and thorough manner by somehow synthesizing  the heaps of material you have learned into a user friendly format (which, if possible, is consistent with the style preferences of your professor).   Ok, that is a lot of words.  So, how do you accomplish it all?  Below are five keys for acing your exams.

  1. Take Practice Tests.  Do as many as possible, no matter how old.  These tests will give you a sense of what the professor thinks is important and his or her exam style.
  2. Attend Review Sessions/Office Hours.  Go to any review sessions that are offered even if you do not have questions.  Someone else may raise a question or way of looking at something that you had not considered.  If review sessions are not offered, schedule a meeting with your professor during office hours.  Use that meeting as an opportunity to get inside the mind of your professor.  What does he or she think is important?  What interests him or her about the area of law being taught?  Does he or she have a take on current events taking place in that area of law?  How does he or she approach a particular problem?  What is his or her style, generally?  Also, use this meeting as an opportunity to discuss solutions to practice tests which you have taken.
  3. State Your Assumptions.  At a minimum, restate the relevant facts when answering the question to demonstrate that you have read all the facts and you understand which ones are important.  You should also state assumptions (not presented in the question) which you are making to answer the question.  This will be good practice for practicing law when often the client does not provide all the necessary (or any) facts.
  4. Relate the Question to the Real World.  As part of your answer, cite any relevant, pending  Congressional, Executive, or other action.  For example in tax law, there usually is a provision that expired that may be on the verge of being brought back to life in the last days of a particular Congress.  Noting that your answer “assumes that xyz provision is extended (or is not)” demonstrates that you are a thinking person and that you have a handle on the big picture.
  5. Allocate Most of Your Time to Analysis.  Summarize your conclusions up front.  Then provide plenty of rigorous analysis so someone with no technical knowledge (usually the client, in this case your professor) can follow your thinking.  This approach should earn you enough points to do well, even if your conclusions are not what he or she was looking for.

Read the entire article here.

Fall Back!

Enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed this Saturday, November, 5, 2016. Daylight Savings Time ends officially Sunday at 2 am.

Banned Books Week: Stand Up for Your Right to Read!

 

On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal will deliver a talk about The History of Intellectual Freedom in the United States at San Diego’s Public Central Library (just a block south of TJSL), as part of “Banned Books Week”

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Digitization of Harvard Case Law Library Will Show Court Patterns and Trends

Digitization of Harvard Case Law Library Will Show Court Patterns and Trends by Senior Writer for the ABA Journal, Stephanie Francis Ward

The Harvard Law School library has approximately 40 million pages of case law, which is currently being digitized and scanned so the public can view it for free.

It’s the second-largest collection in the country, following the one at the Library of Congress. It includes civil and criminal case law decisions from every state and federal court, WBURreports.

“We want the law, as expressed in court decisions, to be as widely distributed and as available as possible online to promote access to justice by means of access to legal information,” Adam Ziegler, managing director of the school’s Library Innovation Lab, told the Boston’s National Public Radio station. He leads the lab’s Caselaw Access Project.

The project is funded by Ravel Law, a legal search, analytics and visualization platform. Harvard agreed to give Ravel Law exclusive access to the digitized cases, WBUR reports, and the company will make the information available to the public for free, according to the project’s website. Costs for the project “are in the millions,” Ziegler told the ABA Journal.

Daniel Lewis, the company’s CEO, told WBUR that the digitized information can show legal trends and track bias among judges.

“So you have this raw case that’s now digital, and then what we can do is add machine learning on top of that. And by adding all these extra pieces of information we make it more possible to sift through millions and millions of documents to find exactly what you want,” Lewis said.

The process to digitize the information is somewhat more antiquated. Books to be scanned are shipped to the lab from a Worcester County storage facility, and physically unbound by digitization specialists. Then the pages are scanned, and metadata about the cases’ names, judges, court locations and dates is applied. Next the pages are hermetically sealed in plastic with their original bindings, and sent to storage at a limestone cave in Kentucky.

Read the entire article here.