Meet Marie Templo-Capule, our new reference librarian.
She has more than 10 years of experience in law library public services. Before joining TJSL, she was the Collection Development and Reference Librarian at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. She also served as the Tax Research Specialist for the Taxation LL.M. program. She has taught print and electronic legal research for Research and Writing, Advanced Research and Writing, Scholarly Writing, Moot Court, Pre-Trials Skills, Estate Planning, and Tax Research.
She received her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and earned an LL.M. in Taxation at NYU School of Law. While working as the Tax Research Specialist in Cooley, she decided to pursue her Masters of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is an active member of the California and Michigan Bars.
Aside from helping faculty and students with their research and reference questions, she will teach the Advanced Legal Research class. She also looks forward to working closely with the Graduate Program at TJSL.
If you don’t see her at the reference desk, please stop by in her office, Room 455, she is available to help you with your legal research.
What’s New in the Library
Legal Research Classes
Upcoming Mini-Classes at the Library 4th Floor Learning Center
Lexis Advance Training
Enjoy free lunch while learning how to use Lexis Advance.
Sept. 26 @ noon
* Space & food is limited so please pre-register at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool
* All who attend will also receive 400 points (equivalent to a $5 Amazon/iTunes/Starbucks gift card)
Reminder! Please be respectful of your fellow students and maintain silence in Library on the 5th floor.
Hello from the library. We would like to welcome the new 1Ls and welcome back our 2Ls and 3Ls. Click the image above to see a larger version.
Please view this presentation as a reminder of what is available to you in the library and whom to contact about research, jobs and general inquiries (Leigh Inman, Interim Director).
To help you along your path to success, this semester, we have new mini-classes for you. The schedule is shown below. Please sign-up for mini-classes on the Legal Research Training TWEN page. Click on the schedule below to see a larger version.
Please be aware of our new noise policy. The noise map will show you where you can expect to find quiet study space (Tip: It’s towards the rear of the library on the 5th floor). Click on the noise map below to see a larger version.
Right around now, many of you are trying to choose paper topics for your final papers or for law review. Once you have a topic, you will be doing preemption checks to ensure that no one else has written on your topic. You will also want to do a literature review to find everything written on your topic.
Some people have come to get extra training in legal research to help with this paper writing process. Find the Legal Research Training page on TWEN and use the sign-up sheets to sign up for a training session. Email reference librarian Catherine Deane with any questions.
Here are my top five tips for finding a paper topic:
- Check to see if there is a Research Guide on your topic that provides links to relevant news sources
- Know where the Databases are on the TJSL Library Home Page, log in with your network ID and check to see if there are any BNA databases that cover your subject: Hint: Look for circuit splits eg in BNA United States Law Week
- Check out ABA Blawgs and read any frequently and recently updated blogs on your topic
- Check out reputable news sources such as: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, NPR News
- Check out the websites of relevant organizations and look for recent reports, eg. United Nations, International Labor Organization, Amnesty International
Once you have selected a topic, you will want to find all relevant literature on your topic. This is partly so that you can make sure no one else has written exactly on your topic, and partly to have a body of literature to build on when you make your own argument.
Consider using a model like the Steven Toulmin Model to analyze the articles and organize your argument.
The law library’s guide, Exam Study Materials at TJSL lists books on exam taking, and lists study aids available in the library for various courses such as Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Torts.
Law school exam advice from the blogosphere:
Exam Prep Made Simple: Organize Your Thoughts – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
It’s Thanksgiving, Should You Be Flipping Out About Exams? – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
Common Errors in Exam Study – Amy Jarmon, Law School Academic Support Blog
Some Quotes to Keep in Mind – Law School Academic Support Blog
Law School Exam Tips – Law School Academic Support Blog
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You can have a say in how and when you learn how to conduct legal research.
Check out this new 10 question survey prepared by the TJSL librarians.
Let your voice be heard on when, where, and how you would like to learn how to do legal research?
Do you want a mini-class right a few weeks before your final paper is due?
Do you want a legal research boot camp over the break?
Do you want to wait until you are an alumni, doing research for your new boss?
When would you like to learn legal research skills?