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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
When you start to head down the adjacent hallway, the classroom door is located immediately on the right-hand side.
Questions about registration or the CLR program? Please feel free to contact any of our helpful reference librarians, email the Reference Desk at email@example.com, or stop by and chat with one of us!
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.
The research guides homepage provides many different ways to search for information related to your specific topic.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
RSVPs are not required!
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.
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 email@example.com
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado!
Conflict results from differences in interests and behavior and conflict resolution refers to the means by which conflict is ended. In the legal profession, conflicts are most commonly referred to as “disputes” and conflict resolution is often known as “dispute resolution.” There are quite a number of conflict resolution processes including war, voting, and avoidance (withdrawal from relationship). However, legal professionals are mostly concerned with adjudicative dispute resolution processes (i.e., litigation and arbitration), conciliatory dispute resolution processes (i.e., negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law), and dispute prevention.
In Colorado, Conflict Resolution Month is celebrated every October. And this year is the 10th Anniversary! There have been many events held throughout the month in the state and here at the University of Denver. You can read about these events and find many resources on conflict resolution at
http://conflictresolutionmonth.org/ and at
In honor of Conflict Resolution Month, the Westminster Law Library has compiled a resource and information guide on Conflict Resolution and the Law. While there are many conflict resolution processes, including war and voting, this resource guide focuses on the various forms of conflict resolution within the legal realm. You can view the guide at http://libguides.law.du.edu/conflictresolution.
Thank you to our Reference Assistant Katharine Hales for creating this research guide and authoring this blog post!