Certificate in Legal Research Panel: 8/24 @ Noon – CDO Credit for 1Ls

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The Sturm College of Law is committed to providing the necessary educational opportunities for our students to be successful in their academic and legal career.  Legal research consistently has been identified as an important skill-set for students to develop during the course of their legal education.  When interviewing students, potential employers frequently ask about a student’s legal research competency.  Supporting these important learning objectives, the Westminster Law Library offers Basic and Advanced Certificates in Legal Research.

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Wednesday, August 24 from 12-1pm, we will be holding our Fall Rollout Panel featuring various guests from local law firms and your fellow students.  They will discuss the importance of legal research skills for succeeding academically and in the legal environment.  Panelists will share their experiences and be available to answer questions.

We invite you to come learn about the importance of legal research skills for academic and professional success and how the CLR program helps to prepare students for these experiences.

First Year Students attending the Certificate in Legal Research Panel also will receive credit for attending one of the mandatory five professional development sessions required by the Career Development Office!


 

PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

Where: Sturm College of Law – Room 180

When: 12-1pm

RSVPs are not required!

Sign-up for Spring CLR Classes!

Header image for the certificate in legal research programRegistration for the CLR Advance Legal Research Program is now open! Are you interested in honing your research skills? Then check out the Law Library’s Certificate in Legal Research Program which offers an Advanced Legal Research Certificate and an International Legal Research Certificate. The Certificate Program is free and will be noted on your transcript.

This Spring semester the Law Library is offering advance legal research classes on 19 specialized topics. Visit the Calendar of Classes for more information on the classes and the schedule. All law students are welcome to attend classes (even those not intending on completing the Certificate requirements). Students must register in advance for the classes. Class size is limited so register soon!

If you participated in the Fall 2015 program, you can register for Spring classes using the Registration Portal. If you have not participated in the program, please visit the CLR Certificate Website for more information on how to enroll. If you have questions about the program, please contact Karina Condra at kcondra@law.du.edu.

DU Licensed Databases – Certificate Error Messages

When accessing certain electronic databases to which DU subscribes, students may encounter warning messages concerning the website’s certificate.  This is a known issue, but is easy to fix.  One of the Anderson Academic Commons librarians, Chris Brown, has prepared a guide to show students how to address this problem.

http://libguides.du.edu/cert

Questions?  Need help?  Always feel free to speak to one of your friendly DU Law Librarians or email us at refdesk@law.du.edu.

Bluebooking Basics – Just What a Law Student Needs! (CLR Week of Sept. 14)

Bluebooking is a critical skill for students engaged in legal writing.  Whether you’re a 1L or just need a quick refresher on core citation skills, the week of Sept. 14 we’ll be offering numerous Bluebook training workshops designed to familiarize students and make them more comfortable with basic citation types and structures.

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This week, the instructional sessions will be split between Karina Condra and Peter Kersten.  They’ve helped many students figure out all different kinds of citation issues and they’ll teach you what you need to know to develop a solid foundation.  If you have any questions about this workshop, please email refdesk@law.du.edu.

Cool Tools – Simplify Collecting, Organizing, and Citing Your Research (CLR Week of Sept. 8)

The Certificate in Legal Research classes officially begins September 8.  Whether you’re a First Year or a more experienced law student, Karina Condra will teach you awesome tools that will help you collect, organize, and cite your research for one or more projects.  The value of these skills and tools will become increasingly apparent once students start receiving multiple academic and professional research assignments at the same time.  Karina will provide hands-on experience teaching students how to use reference management platform such as Refworks and Zotero.

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Additionally, students will learn how to use online resources to automatically construct Bluebook citations and organize research conducted on Lexis and Westlaw.

Questions about this workshop?  Please feel free to email Karina or contact any of the other reference librarians.  We look forward to seeing all of you next week!

CLR Registration and Class Location—Classes Start Next Week!

Interested in developing your legal research skills?  The CLR program officially starts next week (Sept. 8)!  We offer numerous courses designed to complement the material you are learning in your Lawyering Process class (or to serve as a legal research refresher).

Haven’t had an opportunity to register yet?  It’s easy!  Just follow the instructions available on our CLR Guide.  Choose whether you are a day or evening student, complete the course registration, select your desired classes, and register for the Coursesites platform (it’s just like Blackboard).  Remember to sign-up for the wait-list if all the current sessions of a particular class are full—we will add more sessions!

CLR classes are held in the Westminster Law Library’s Instructional Room (230F) located right behind the printers on the library’s main floor.

 

Picture showing where the CLR Classroom (Room 230F) is located. The classroom is down the hallway behind the library's second floor printers (first door on the right).

 

When you start to head down the adjacent hallway, the classroom door is located immediately on the right-hand side.

 

Picture of the CLR Classroom (Room 230F).

 

Questions about registration or the CLR program?  Please feel free to contact any of our helpful reference librarians, email the Reference Desk at refdesk@law.du.edu, or stop by and chat with one of us!

Research Guides @ Westminster Law Library

Students conducting legal research, whether for a class or a work assignment, frequently are asked to research complex problems which may require them to use a new resource or use a known resource in a different way than usual.  While there’s a wealth of information available in print and online (including free resources), if you are not aware of a tool or how to use it to conduct effective research, this can make locating and using the needed information much more challenging.

To help make it easier for students to conduct research, the Westminster Law Library has created research guides on a variety of different subjects.  The library’s research guides easily can be accessed through the links provided on the library homepage or by bookmarking libguides.law.du.edu.

 

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The research guides homepage provides many different ways to search for information related to your specific topic.

 

Screen shot of the research guides homepage highlighting the ability to search guides by subject area.

 

These topic-specific research guides can include links to relevant databases, free sites, and print publications, descriptions of resources, discussions of research strategies, and/or tutorials demonstrating how effectively research using a particular product.

 

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While we try to create research guides relevant to areas of interest to our faculty and students, we may not yet have published one in the particular subject area you need to research.  Since the LibGuides platform is employed by many law schools throughout the country, you can use a search engine to try and locate a guide produced by another institution–just search your topic and “LibGuides.”  Also, if our law library does not have a research guide on the subject and you think it is a topic that is relevant to our law students, please let us know by emailing us at refdesk@law.du.edu.

CLR Fall Rollout Panel: 8/26 @ Noon – Room 170

Header image for the certificate in legal research program

The Sturm College of Law is committed to providing the necessary educational opportunities for our students to be successful in their academic and legal career.  Legal research consistently has been identified as an important skill-set for students to develop during the course of their legal education.  When interviewing students, potential employers frequently ask about a student’s legal research competency.  Supporting these important learning objectives, the Westminster Law Library offers Basic and Advanced Certificates in Legal Research.

 

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Wednesday, August 26 from 12-1pm, we will be holding our Fall Rollout Panel featuring various guests from local law firms and your fellow students.  They will discuss the importance of legal research skills for succeeding academically and in the legal environment.  Panelists will share their experiences and be available to answer questions.

We invite you to come learn about the importance of legal research skills for academic and professional success and how the CLR program helps to prepare students for these experiences.

PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!

Where: Sturm College of Law – Room 170

When: 12-1pm

RSVPs are not required!

Welcome New Students! 1L Resources Guide

The Westminster Law Library would like to welcome all the new students who will be joining the Sturm College of Law this year.  We hope that you will enjoy your time here and learn the knowledge and skills you need to succeed academically and professionally.

The library has prepared a resource guide specifically tailored to helping First-Year students hit the ground running.

http://libguides.law.du.edu/1LGuide

It contains a lot of valuable information that should help get you oriented to the library and its resources.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to one of our knowledgeable reference librarians or email us at refdesk@law.du.edu

Law360 – Legal News Resource

Students using Lexis Advance may have noticed the Law360 box located on the homepage, but encountered a log-in screen when trying to find out what is this resource.  While Law360 previously could be accessed through Lexis’ search bar, it is only in the past few months that its content can be browsed and searched by students through the main Law360 interface (select the Law360 icon highlighted below).

 

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This link will take you to Law360’s main page where recent important legal news, news and analysis organized by practice area, and other search options are available.  Students can use the left-hand navigation bar to view content related to a specific area of law.

 

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For example, say you were really interested in technology and the law, there’s a page devoted solely to that topic.  Not only does the Technology page provide current awareness information about the subject, it also includes expert analysis by practitioners with significant experience in that field.

 

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Some other ways to search Law360 content include the ubiquitous search bar and Advanced Search features.  If you select the Advanced Search link, you can search content by Industry, Company, Law Firm, and Government Agency.  While our Law360 subscription does include New and Expert Analysis, it does not include Case access.  To access cases, you will need to locate them on Lexis Advance or other research platforms.

 

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Another useful way to access Law360 content is by selecting the highlighted icon shown below which will display an additional search menu.  In addition to providing access to legal content by practice area, students also can research firm-related information and even search for legal jobs.

 

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Have questions about Law360, library resources, or conducting legal research?  Please feel free to contact any of the library’s helpful reference librarians or email us at refdesk@law.du.edu.