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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Study Aids for Spring Semester!

The Law Library's, Study Aid Publications & Resources guide has a complete listing of books, DVDs and online materials available from the library. All titles can be checked out at the Library Circulation Desk. The Library also provides online access to the Concise Hornbook, Hornbooks and Nutshell series on the West Academic Online Study Aids site.

Study aid series available in the library include:
  • Concepts & Insights
  • Examples & Explanations
  • Hornbooks
  • Inside Series
  • Law Stories
  • Mastering
  • Model Problems & Outstanding Answers
  • Nutshells
  • Short and Happy Guides 
  • Sum & Substance Audio 
  • Understanding

Monday, December 4, 2017

Life Balance in the Law Library

Tuesday, Dec. 5th

 11:30am - 1:30pm

Library Lobby & Dorsey Foyer

  • READ: leisure reading and life balance collections will be on display
  • RELAX: (with glitter!): calming glitter jar crafting
  • RECHARGE: chair massages by Epic Bodyworks*
  • REFUEL: trail mix bars
  • REFRESH: coffee & tea
 Also, check out the new library guide:


Friday, June 23, 2017

Library Bar Prep Guide

Check out the Law Library's, "Preparing for the Bar: Library Information & Resources." Includes information on using library facilities, bar prep materials in the library's collections, and links to bar admission information and requirements.
Preparing for the Bar: Lilbrary Information & Resources

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Construction Noise - Evenings in June

Due to evening construction on the Sub-plaza of the Law School throughout June, students using the library after hours may experience construction noise. Consider studying on the upper floors of the library or using ear plugs to avoid the noise.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw Access for Continuing & Graduating Students

Access over summer and beyond

Graduating Students: you have continued access to Bloomberg Law for 6 mos. after Graduation.This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited.

Continuing Students: you have continued access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited.

Graduating Students: you may continue to access Lexis Advance until December 31, 2017. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. Find out about both of these free programs at lexisnexis.com/grad-access >.

Continuing Students: you have continued access to Lexis Advance over the summer. This access is automatic (no registration required) and unlimited.

Graduating Students: you have access to Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. While you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client, Thomson Reuters encourages you to use these tools to build your knowledge of the law and prepare for your bar exam.

In addition, you have access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1 hour per month.

Extend access by logging into www.lawschool.westlaw.com.

Continuing Students: you can use Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include:

Summer coursework
Research assistant assignments
Law Review or Journal research
Moot Court research
Non-Profit work
Clinical work
Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact your Thomson Reuters Academic Account Manager, Mollie Benson.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Legal Research Brown Bag Sessions, Apr. 4th - 6th

Ready to hit the ground running at your next internship, clerkship or externship?

These 50 minute sessions will sharpen your legal research skills and help you hit the ground practice ready this summer! Bring your lunch. Delicious cookies provided!

Land of 10,000 Laws: Minnesota Legal Research

Tuesday, April 4th 12:20 -1:10 p.m. Room N-202

This session will cover researching Minnesota law using primary sources (statutes, cases, and regulations) and secondary sources (treatises and practice materials such as CLE publications). (Vicente Garces, presenter)

Free & Frugal Legal Research

Wednesday, April 5th 12:20 -1:10 p.m. Room N-209

Learn about free and low-cost research resources, as well as tips and advice on researching efficiently. (Scott Uhl, presenter)

Research Strategy & Process

Thursday, April 7th 12:20 - 1:10 p.m. Room N-204

Advice on how to approach a typical research assignment; questions you should ask; where to begin; research sources and methods; what to do when you’re stuck. (Vicente Garces, presenter)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Links in Google Scholar Restored

UPDATE 7/19/16: Good News Google Scholar users! U of M Find It links are now reappearing in Google Scholar search results. Google Scholar users please note, the links to University of Minnesota e-resources that are usually provided when connecting to Google Scholar via the Law Library or University Libraries' websites are currently unavailable (as of 7/7/2016). A solution to restore the links is currently being worked on. In the meantime, you can try searching for articles in  MNCAT Discovery as a temporary solution.  If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the Reference Office: 612-625-4390, law-ref@umn.edu.