Archive of Postings 2012

 

Advanced Legal Research Course- Winter Break

We are making the ALR modules available to you to enroll in and work on during winter break.  If you are interested, you have the opportunity to get a few or all of the modules out of the way during break.  The modules will be open for you to work on between Monday, December 17 and 5 PM, Friday, January 4.

The ALR modules are offered as web-based classes utilizing TWEN (The West Education Network).  In order to enroll in the modules you will need to use your Westlaw log-in information to sign on to TWEN, and then click on the “Add Course” button on the “My Courses” menu bar.  From the list of available University of Akron courses, select the Advanced Legal Research modules you plan to take and scroll to the bottom of the screen and click submit. 

More information about the ALR modules is posted on Springboard.

Posted Dec. 14, 2012.


Westlaw and Lexis Printing During Winter Break

The University will be closed beginning Saturday, December 22 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  This means that the Law Library will also be closed.  If you plan on conducting research on Lexis or Westlaw during break, please do not send your print jobs to the Westlaw or Lexis printers in the Law Library.  You may wish to print to your attached printer or download your work to your computer instead.

For more information about the Law Library’s Hours during winter break, follow this link.

For questions about Westlaw or Lexis please contact Ms. Lenart at 330-972-6357 or e-mail her at llenart@uakron.edu

Have a wonderful winter break! 

Posted Dec. 14, 2012.


OASP and Sum & Substance- Circulation Changes

The circulation period and overdue fines for OASP and Sum and Substance materials will change for Reading Period and Finals. Starting on Friday, Nov. 30, these materials will circulate for only 1 day (instead of 72 hours) and no renewals will be allowed.  Overdue fines for these materials will increase from $1.00 per day to $5.00 per day.

These changes provide access to the materials for a greater number of students. If you have questions regarding these changes please stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with Ms. Nevins or a librarian.


Shhh! Law Students are Studying . . .

It is the time of the semester when students are writing papers and preparing for exams.  Please be courteous of your fellow students and help control the noise level throughout the Law Library.  Please put your cell phones and pagers on vibrate and conduct quiet phone conversations either outside of the Law Library or near the Law Library restrooms.  If you listen to any form of audio, use headphones and keep the volume low.  Please limit conversations in open study areas and if you want to work in a group, please use a study room.  When using group study rooms please be respectful of your neighbors and keep discussions under control, the walls are not soundproof.  Thank you. 


School of Law Sample Exams

The University of Akron School of Law sample exams are available online through Springboard. Log on to Springboard using your UANet ID and Password and follow the link for Law School Sample Exams – Ongoing.


Law Library Guides to help you prepare for finals

To help you prepare for finals, take a look at these library guides: 

First Year Courses

Upper Division Bar Courses

Elective Courses

The guides link to information about study aids, course materials, audio lectures, flashcards, CALI lessons and AudioCaseFiles.  All these resources are available to University of Akron law students.

All Law Library Guides can be accessed here.

Don’t forget…you have access to West Study Aids on Westlaw!  See this posting for more information. 


Reading Period & Finals:
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 9:00 a.m.-midnight
Mon.-Fri., Dec. 3-7, 7:00 a.m.-midnight
Sat., Dec. 8, 8:00 a.m.-midnight
Sun., Dec. 9, 9:00 a.m.-midnight
Mon.-Fri., Dec. 10-14, 7:00 a.m.-midnight
Sat., Dec. 15, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Posted Nov. 16, 2012


The Lexis and Westlaw Prints Are Being Relocated

If you have any Lexis or Westlaw prints more than a couple of weeks old please retrieve them immediately.

In the next week or two we will be moving the location of prints to new containers below the Law Library LCD Announcement Screen at the circulation desk.

We will throw out old prints.

Where the Lexis and Westlaw prints are currently kept we will be putting the DVD containers for our collection of movies.  You can pick out a film title you want to watch and bring its container to the circulation desk to check out.  This should make it easier to see all the law themed film titles we own.

Posted Nov. 9, 2012.


'Food for Fines' serves a good cause

Did you return your books a little late? Your opportunity to pay off fines and help a good cause is here. From Nov. 12-30 Bierce, Science and Technology, and the Law libraries are sponsoring their semiannual “Food for Fines” drive to support the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank's “Harvest for Hunger” Campaign.

Here's the deal: 1 food item = $1 toward your fines, and there's no limit to the number of items that you may bring to the circulation desks at each library. This offer cannot be used to pay for items that are lost or billed to your library account. Also, we cannot accept perishable, expired, or damaged food items. Stop by for more information.

Since 2004, more than 20,000 pounds of food has been collected by UA Libraries for those in need. 

Posted Nov. 9, 2012


Free Federal Rules - download as eBooks

Once again, CALI is proud to partner with our friends at the Legal Information Institute to provide free ebooks of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.  The 2013 Editions (effective December 1, 2012) as well as the 2012 and 2011 editions can be found on the eLangdell Bookstore.

The Federal Rules ebooks include:

  • The complete rules as of December 1, 2012 (for the 2013 edition).
  • All notes of the Advisory Committee following each rule.
  • Internal links to rules referenced within the rules.
  • External links to the LII website’s version of the US Code.

These rules are absolutely free for you to download, copy and use however you want. 

Posted 11/1/2012


Black's Law Dictionary is Back! 

Black’s Law Dictionary is now available on WestlawNext for law students.  Make it easy to use Black’s Law Dictionary by adding it to your Westlaw favorites.

Here is how:

  1. Open WestlawNext and click on Secondary Sources.
  2. Black’s Law Dictionary is the first resource on the right under Tools & Resources. 
  3. Click to open and then click on the gold star next to the title at the top of the page.
  4. You may have to create a group for your favorites and give the group a name.  You can even name the group “Favorites” or whatever you want.
  5. Don’t forget to click SAVE.

I created a group called Reference and added American Jurisprudence and Ohio Jurisprudence to the same group!  Now all three resources are the first titles I see when log into WestlawNext.

Stop by my office if you want to see how this is done or contact one of the Westlaw Student Associates Aaron Conrardy (aaron.conrardy5@gmail.com) or Alex Ripich (amr157@zips.uakron.edu).

Lynn Lenart
Office 269, Law Library
llenart@uakron.edu 

Posted Sept. 24, 2012. 


 Copyright Law and Scanning Casebooks

Last year the Law Library added a public photocopier which does photocopying in black and white or color.  It also does scanning which can be downloaded to a thumb drive.  Copying is 7 cents for black and white and 20 cents for color.

In using this photocopier one is required to follow the U.S. laws regarding copyright.  Generally scanning a law school casebook to a thumb drive and then distributing copies of the digital image would violate the law.  Such scanning and distribution by a law student could be grounds for a honor code violation.  If you have any questions about what is permissible to do using the Law Library’s photocopier please contact one of the librarians.

For more information about copyright policies of the University see the following link.  This web site goes into some detail about what is permissible to copy.

  http://www.uakron.edu/ogc/guidelines/copyright.dot

Posted Sept.13, 2012.


Keep your profiles up-to-date on Westlaw and Lexis

At least once-a-year law students should update their profiles on Lexis and Westlaw.  Follow the instructions below to access your profiles.  Check your e-mail address and make sure it is the correct address.   The faculty may use the e-mail function in TWEN or Lexis Web Course to send e-mails to their students, but if your address is not correct, you will not receive the e-mail.  Also, verify your graduation date.  You do not want your passwords to expire prematurely.

Here is how you can update your profile on Westlaw and Lexis. 

For Westlaw: Log into Westlaw http://lawschool.westlaw.com/ and on the left side of the page next to your name is the UPDATE link.  Click on that link to update your profile.

For LexisNexis: Log into LexisNexis http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/and in the HELP Center area click on UPDATE LAW SCHOOL HOME PAGE REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

Questions?  Contact Lynn Lenart, 330-972-6357, llenart@uakron.edu.  Office 269, Law Library, second floor.

Posted Aug. 27, 2012.


Advanced Legal Research course- fall semester

The fall semester Advanced Legal Research (ALR) modules are available on TWEN starting Monday, August 27.  More information about the ALR modules is posted on Springboard.

Posted Aug. 27, 2012.


 How to Brief a Case

Welcome new law students!

Try this CALI lesson for some practice on briefing a case. Here is a description from the lesson itself.

“This is an exercise designed to introduce first-semester law students to the basic elements of a typical case “brief” and to teach them general methodology for writing their own briefs. The exercise consists of three parts: (1) an introduction to the purposes and uses of a case brief; (2) a detailed examination of each of the ten components of a typical case brief (with examples); and (3) two actual cases that students are asked to read and then to brief.” 
Lesson Completion Time: 2 hours 
CALI Password: First year law students- see the Orientation Materials on Springboard.
How to find this lesson: Follow this link CALI and log-in to CALI.
Questions?  Contact Lynn Lenart, Assistant Law Librarian for Reference Services.  330-972-6357, llenart@uakron.edu, Law Library, second floor, office 269.

Posted July 23, 2012.


Where Does the Law Come From?

Need a review?  This CALI lesson covers the structure and function of the 3 branches of the Unites States government, how each branch makes laws and the checks and balances in place that prevent one branch from acquiring too much power.   Even if you are comfortable with how our law is made, it might be wise to work through this short review.  It is a very fast lesson and, like all of the CALI lessons, you learn a lot without realizing it. 
Lesson Completion Time: 30 minutes 
CALI Password: First year law students- see the Orientation Materials on Springboard. 
How to find this lesson: Follow this link CALI an log-in to CALI.
Questions?  Contact Lynn Lenart, Assistant Law Librarian for Reference Services.  330-972-6357, llenart@uakron.edu, Law Library, second floor, office 269. 

Posted July 23, 2012.



Temporary Cessation of Chat Reference Services

The Ask a Librarian feature is unavailable.  The service that the library uses for chat/IM reference, Meebo, was terminated by Google this week.  We are working on finding a replacement to Meebo and we hope to restore chat reference soon.

Posted July 13, 2012.


Law Library Hours

Summer Session 
Mon.-Fri. 8:00-11:00
Sat., 9:00-6:00
Sun., noon-9:00

Exception
Closed- Wed., July 4

Posted June 5, 2012


Summer Advanced Legal Research (ALR) Starts May 21

Summer elective ALR modules will be available on TWEN starting May 21.  An e-mail was sent to law students on April 23 with the instructions on how to sign-up for the ALR modules.  If you no longer have that e-mail here is a link to the memo that was sent.

Additional information about ALR is available on Springboard. If you have questions about ALR please contact either Kyle Passmore at 330-972-6352, pkyle@uakron.edu, or Lynn Lenart at 330-972-6357,llenart@uakron.edu.

Posted May 7, 2012.


May Intersession Hours
Mon.-Fri., May 7-11, 8:00-5:00
Sat., May 12, 9:00-1:00
Sun., May 13, noon-6:00

Mon.-Fri., May 14-18, 8:00-9:00
Sat., May 19, 9:00-6:00
Sun., May 20, noon-9:00

Exception
Closed- Mon., May 28, Memorial Day

Posted May 7, 2012


OASP and Sum & Substance- Circulation Changes

The circulation period and overdue fines for OASP and Sum and Substance materials will change for Reading Period and Finals. Starting on April 21, these materials will circulate for only 1 day (instead of 72 hours) and no renewals will be allowed.  Overdue fines for these materials will increase from $1.00 per day to $5.00 per day.

These changes provide access to the materials for a greater number of students. If you have questions regarding these changes please stop by the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with Ms. Nevins or a librarian.

Don’t forget…you have access to West Study Aids on Westlaw!  See this posting for more information. 

Posted April 16, 2012


Shhh! Law Students are Studying . . .

It is the time of the semester when students are writing papers and preparing for exams.  Please be courteous of your fellow students and help control the noise level throughout the Law Library.  Please put your cell phones and pagers on vibrate and conduct quiet phone conversations either outside of the Law Library or near the Law Library restrooms.  If you listen to any form of audio, use headphones and keep the volume low.  Please limit conversations in open study areas and if you want to work in a group, please use a study room.  When using group study rooms please be respectful of your neighbors and keep discussions under control, the walls are not soundproof.  Thank you. 

Posted April 16, 2012


School of Law Sample Exams

The University of Akron School of Law sample exams are available online through Springboard. Log on to Springboard using your UANet ID and Password and follow the link for Law School Sample Exams – Ongoing.

Posted April 9, 2012.


Law Library Guides to help you prepare for finals

To help you prepare for finals, take a look at these library guides: 

First Year Courses

Upper Division Bar Courses

Elective Courses

The guides link to information about study aids, course materials, audio lectures, flashcards, CALI lessons and AudioCaseFiles.  All these resources are available to University of Akron law students.

All Law Library Guides can be accessed here.

Don’t forget…you have access to West Study Aids on Westlaw.  Simply log on tolawschool.westlaw.com, go to the eProducts tab and click on the Study Aids Subscription page. 

Posted April 9, 2012


Reading Period and Finals:
Sat.-Sun, April 21-22, 9:00 a.m.-midnight
Mon.-Fri., April 23-27, 7:00 a.m.-midnight
Sat., April 28, 8:00 a.m.-midnight
Sun., April 29, 9:00 a.m.-midnight
Mon.-Fri., April 30-May 4, 7:00 a.m.-midnight
Sat., May 5, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sun., May 6, 1:00-5:00 

Posted April 9, 2012


2 New Library Guides

Two new library guides are now available on the Law Library website. 

Legal Citation  http://law.uakron.libguides.com/legal_citation

The Legal Citation library guide covers The Bluebook, ALWD Citation Manual, the Ohio Citation manual and international citation.  The Bluebook and ALWD pages list guides, manuals, videos and presentations that can help you understand legal citation.  There are also links to CALI exercises, Lexis Interactive Citation Workstation and Westlaw CiteStation, where you can practice citing using either ALWD or The Bluebook.  The general information tab has charts and PowerPoints that help students transition from ALWD to The Bluebook.

 Legal Research Databases  http://law.uakron.libguides.com/lexis_westlaw_casemaker

The second library guide, recently launched, covers legal research databases available to law students here at the University of Akron.  The guide has links to tutorials, training, support phone numbers, password use policy, and a hint about a new legal database we will see next fall. 

To get to all of the Law Library’s guides click on Library Guides in the left menu.

Posted March 29, 2012.

Spring Break Hours

Sat., March 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun., March 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Mon.-Fri., March 12-16, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sat., March 17, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun., March 18, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 

Posted March 3, 2012


Food For Fines

Did you return a book a little late? Forgot what time your laptop was due?  Your chance to pay off those charges and help a good cause is here!  Starting March 5 through March 25 the Law Library and the University Libraries will be sponsoring their semiannual Food For Fines drive for the Akron-Canton Food Bank.

 You can bring in non-perishable food items to pay for your fines.  Each food item is equal to .50 cents and there is no limit on the number of items.  This offer cannot be used to pay for billed or lost books.  Food may be dropped off at the Law Library Circulation Desk.

2 nonperishable food items = 1 dollar credit

The Super Six most needed items are boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew and canned soup.  Here is a list of other greatly needed items.

Posted March 3, 2012


Announcing a new Library Guide – Federal Law

Use free websites to find federal law.  The Federal Law library guide has links for statutes, regulations, cases, legislative history information and historical documents (Federalist Papers, Records of the Continental Congress, etc.).  “Search the Legal Web” tab covers a variety of specialized legal search engines that will help you find additional free resources on the web.

Here is the direct link to the guide.  See all of our library guides, as well as the Ohio Law guide, here.

If you are on the Law Library web page, click on Library Guides in the left menu. 

Posted Feb. 3, 2012


Keep your profiles up-to-date on Westlaw and LexisNexis

At least once-a-year law students should update their profiles on LexisNexis and Westlaw.  Check your e-mail address and make sure it is the correct address.   The faculty may use the e-mail function in TWEN or Lexis Web Course to send e-mail to their students, but if your address is not correct, you will not receive the e-mail.  Also, verify your graduation date.  You do not want your passwords to expire prematurely.

Here is how you can update your profile on Westlaw and Lexis. 

For Westlaw: Log into Westlaw http://lawschool.westlaw.com/ and on the left side of the page next to your name is the UPDATE link.  Click on that link to update your profile.

For LexisNexis: Log into LexisNexis http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/ and click on the HELP tab.  At the next screen, click on UPDATE REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

Questions?  Contact Lynn Lenart, 330-972-6357, llenart@uakron.edu.  Office 269, Law Library, second floor.

Posted 1/10/12


Free Coffee Every Monday & Thursday!

The Law Library staff invites law students to stop by the Circulation Desk every Monday and Thursday for a cup of coffee.  Bring a spill-proof cup.  Coffee will be available while supplies last.

Posted Jan. 6, 2012.


Advanced Legal Research Course- spring semester

The spring semester ALR modules will be available on TWEN starting Monday, January 9, 2012.  More information about the ALR modules is posted on Springboard.

Posted on Jan. 6, 2012.


Law Library Hours

Spring Semester
Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Exception:
Closed Mon., Jan. 16 

More Library Hours

Posted on Jan. 6, 2012.


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