According to a 2012 LexisNexis survey of new attorneys, half of the attorneys surveyed think that legal research needs to be a larger part of the law school curriculum. Take advantage of what U.C. Hastings has to offer! Enroll in one of two advanced legal research courses offered this spring:
California Legal Research (2 units): Wednesdays, 1:10-3:20 PM
Advanced Legal Research & Analysis (3 units): Mondays, 4:40 – 8:00 PM
Don’t be the new associate who racks up $20,000 in Westlaw charges during the first week on the job! Learn the skills you’ll need now!
Join us at noon on Tuesday, October 22nd, in classroom 640 for a presentation by Jennifer Donnellan, principal at Cornerstone Law Group and former associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold. Jennifer will discuss her employment law practice and the legal research skills she uses on a daily basis. After her presentation, librarians Hilary Hardcastle and Tony Pelcyznski will briefly demonstrate how to use the resources highlighted in Ms. Donnellan’s presentation. Pizza and soda will be served.
Join us in the Rusty Dobbs classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 12:40, for the inaugural program in our Brown Bag Research series! The series will include 40-minute classes on specialized research topics presented by the Law Library throughout the academic year. This first program will focus on Bloomberg Law, which is positioning itself as a third high-end legal research service beside Westlaw and LexisNexis. Bloomberg Law offers comprehensive legal content, court dockets, SEC filings, and a wealth of current awareness tools, including BNA. Best of all, it’s free to UC Hastings students and faculty! Come get tips from the UC Hastings librarians on how to use this powerful new tool. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current UC Hastings students may register for full Westlaw summer access to support:
- Summer law school classes
- Law review and journal work
- Projects for a professor
- Moot court
- Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation
Your law school password MAY NOT be used for law firms, government agencies, corporations, or any entity that is paying you to conduct research or passing the costs of your research to a third party. If you have questions, contact our Westlaw Representative.
Graduating students’ passwords expire on May 31, 2012, but can be extended for bar preparation.
If you have already registered your Lexis Advance password, you don’t need to do anything to continue access over the summer. If you haven’t registered yet, click here to register. For summer access to “classic” Lexis, click here. You may only use Lexis Advance and classic Lexis for education uses, which include:
- Summer course preparation and assignments
- Research associated with moot court, law review, or law journal
- Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
- Services as a research assistant to a professor, whether paid or unpaid
- An internship, externship or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
- Study for the bar exam
- Research skill improvement for educational purposes
See LexisNexis’ Policy on Use of Law School Education IDs for more information, or contact our LexisNexis Representative. Students and graduates who provide public service, paid or unpaid, for credit or not-for-credit, may apply for the LexisNexis ASPIRE program and gain full access to Lexis Advance. Contact our LexisNexis Representative for more information.
There are no restrictions on your BloombergLaw account over the summer. If your workplace has its own BloombergLaw account, however, you are expected to use it. To sign up for a BloombergLaw account, just email a request to our BloombergLaw representative, Tracey Broadhead Frith at email@example.com.
If you missed our recent classes on the research skills you need to get you started researching like a lawyer, check out the powerpoint and handouts on out Student Resources page. You’ll find advice and helpful hints on how to make the transition from law school to practice. And be sure to call the library if you have specific questions. We’re here to help.
Today the Government Printing Office released the beta model of its new Federal Digital System (FDsys). This currently holds Congressional and Presidential documents:
* Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to Present)
* Congressional Bills (103rd Congress to Present)
* Congressional Documents (104th Congress to Present)
* Congressional Hearings (105th Congress to Present)
* Congressional Record (1994 to Present)
* Congressional Reports (104th Congress to Present)
* Federal Register (1994 to Present)
* Public and Private Laws (104th Congress to Present)
By mid-2009, documents from all three branches will be available. FDsys will contain information gathered through files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies; information gathered from Federal agencies’ web sites; and digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.
The search interface is quite easy to use, and results are displayed to scroll through, or clustered by type and date on a side bar. Try it; it is very easy to use.
Have you ever wanted to call the member of a congressional committee to let them know your views on a piece of pending legislation? If so, then you know it can be daunting to find out the composition of the committee, and the correct contact information for each member. But all that has changed, thanks to the web site, Committee Caller. The site has been set up using an open source Asterisk PBX system to connect you to every senator or house member on a particular committee.
Just go to the website, select a committee or subcommittee, enter your phone number and click “Put me in touch with democracy!” You’ll be called by their system and sequentially patched through to the front office of each member on that committee. If you want to add to the web site’s informational database on accountability, you can even rate how each call went.
For an online version of citation manuals, visit The Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2007 ed.), by Peter W. Martin. It was revised in May 2007 to reflect changes appearing in the third edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, published in 2006. It is also keyed to the current (18th) edition of The Bluebook, published in 2005. Each topic covered includes references to both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual. Since this pubication is more concerned with the forms of citation used in processional practice, the niceties of typeface styles for law review articles is not the focus of this edition.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 mandated a user-friendly, searchable database of most federal spending , and the result, USASpending.gov, went live today. The White House budget office is responsible for publishing the web site, which shows taxpayers where their dollars go and which legislators, contractors and regions get the most.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 was sponsored by Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The site was created by Robert Shea, associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. It was modeled on a site pioneered by Gary Bass, director of OMB Watch, which has been a harsh critic of the budget office. You can search the site by contracts and grants, contractor names, congressional districts and lawmakers. It is easy to download data, and there are charts and rankings show who gets the most money. The site will be updated every two weeks even though the law only requires updating every month.