The Library Reference Desk will close at 5 PM today (8/30/16). We will reopen tomorrow morning at 9 am. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The State Bar of CA made it official:
Effective July 2017: The California Bar Exam is a two-day test with three components:
- One morning session during which three one-hour essay questions will be administered
- One afternoon session during which two one-hour essay questions and one 90-minute Performance Test will be administered. The Georgia State Bar has MPT questions and sample answers for 2000-2016 that can be helpful to prepare for the new California format.
- The Multi-state Bar Exam (MBE) Morning and afternoon sessions consisting of three hours each, during which 100 multiple choice items for each session will be administered.
Construction on the the Sixth Floor of the 200 McAllister St. building has been completed. The Sixth Floor is now available as a quiet space for Bar Study. There are six individual study rooms and several open tables for student use.
May 23 – June 7: Possible Noise in Parts of the Library from 7am to 3pm
The removal of shelving on the 6th floor will begin on Monday morning May 23rd and will continue through June 7th. Work will be proceed Monday – Friday 7am to 3pm.
It is expected that there will be noise that may impact students studying on the 6th and 5th floors. Students are encouraged to study on the 4th floor.
Please contact the 4th floor Library Reference Desk or email the librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Continuing Students: In order to have full summer access to Westlaw, continuing students will need to extend their passwords. Look for the registration banner once you log in to Westlaw.
Summer password extension is available only if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer such as:
- School-related work or for school credit
- Law review and journal, including write-on competitions
- Moot court
- Research assistant positions
- Unpaid internships / externship
Students who do not register for extended summer access will get 60 hours of access per month in June and July and full access in August.
Graduating Students: Graduating students may extend access while studying for the bar by registering for Grad Elite program. Look for the registration tile once you login to Westlaw.
Registered students will retain Westlaw access for 60 hours through November 30th 2016.
No registration for summer access is required if you already have a registered Lexis Advance ID.
Continuing students: Continuing students will have free and unlimited Lexis Advance access this summer. Registration is not required and there are no restrictions on the use of your law school IDs.
Graduating Students: Graduating students will have access through their law school IDs through December 31st 2016. You may register for Lexis ASPIRE Program (link is external), which will permit job-related access to Lexis Advance for the duration of your public interest work, even if beyond December, 2016.
All registered students will have unlimited BloombergLaw access during summer. Graduating students will have unlimited and unrestricted Bloomberg access for 6 months following graduation.
The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, April 25th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.
Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk. Read here about the science of eye to eye contact between humans and dogs.
Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:
|Monday, April 25th, 2016||10:30-12:00||Lola||Pomeranian / Chihuahua|
|Monday, April 25th, 2016||2:00 – 3:30||Sammie||Yorkie / Bedlington Terrier|
|Tuesday, April 26th, 2016||10:30-12:00||Dasher and Prancer||King Charles Cavalier Spaniels|
|Tuesday, April 26th, 2016||2:00 – 3:30||Jacee||Golden Retriever / Labrador|
|Wednesday, April 27th, 2016||10:30-12:00||Hank||German Shepard / Terrier|
|Wednesday, April 27th, 2016||2:00 – 3:30||Brixton||Golden Retriever|
|Thursday, April 28th, 2016||10:30-12:00||Jackie||Sussex Spaniel|
|Thursday, April 28th, 2016||2:00 – 3:30||Sierra||Golden Retriever|
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Full story from the Los Angeles Times
During the last several months, CA Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, a former law professor, has written two lengthy dissents from the majority’s refusal to hear cases. The first, in October, protested the court’s vote against hearing a case in which a 10-year-old was deemed capable of waiving his right to remain silent. The second came Friday. Liu protested that the court should have considered an appeal from two marijuana growers sentenced to life for a killing a jury found they did not personally commit.