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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Has my professor put a sample exam/model answer on reserve?

To locate online copies of exams look your course up in the Wilson Course Reserves website. Many faculty members also maintain a TWEN site for the courses they teach and may post sample exams there.

Print copies of exams that have been placed on reserve by faculty members are housed in binders located at the circulation desk in the library. The binders may not be checked out, but you may scan or photocopy exams using the copiers in the library lobby. Please be courteous to others by using only one binder at a time, and by keeping the binders in the circulation desk area.

If you don't find a sample exam for your course check with your professor.

Generally, sample exams are only released a few weeks before finals, and faculty members must grant permission for exams to made available for their students. It may be that a sample exam has not been released or will not be released for your course.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Check out treatises, hornbooks, nutshells & other study aids

Looking for a treatise, hornbook, nutshell or other study aid publications?
Check out the library's list of study aid publications available on reserve!

Study aid series available include:
  • Hornbooks (West Academic)
  • Nutshells (West Academic)
  • Examples & Explanations (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Concepts & Insights (Foundation Press)
  • Law Stories (Foundation Press)
  • Understanding (Carolina Academic Press)
  • Model Problems & Outstanding Answers (Oxford University Press)
  • Inside Series (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Mastering (Carolina Academic Press)
  • Short and Happy Guides (West Academic)
  • Sum & Substance Audio (West Academic)

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.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

IN MEMORIAM Edward H. Gale

Edward H. Gale

The Law Library is deeply saddened to report that Edward Gale of the Law Library staff passed away on June 1, 2016. This is a tremendous loss for the Law Library and the entire Law School community. Ed joined the Library during the summer of 1978, shortly after the Law School moved from Fraser Hall to our current facility. Over the next 38 years, Ed came to exemplify the values of the Law Library - service, hard work, commitment to excellence, and loyalty. He was always willing to go the extra mile whether it was to track down an elusive treatise, help a student figure out how to log into the library online catalog, or serve hot dogs at the annual Baseball Opening Day party. His kind smile, wonderful sense of humor, and humility touched us all. Ed will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access for Continuing & Graduating Students

Access over summer and beyond

Bloomberg Law

Graduating Students have continued access to Bloomberg Law for 6 mos. after graduation.
Continuing Student  have continued access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.


Graduating Students have continued to access to Lexis Advance through Dec. 31, 2016.  Rewards points must be redeemed by June 30, 2016. On July 1st the graduates’ view of the Lexis Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for their careers and job search.

Continuing Students have continued access to Lexis Advance over the summer. More Details


Graduating Students, Grad Elite Program
Spring graduates log into Westlaw and complete the Grad Survey to see if you qualify for the Grad Elite Program. Qualifying students are provided 60 hours of Westlaw access per month (June - November). Regardless of when extension is requested, extended Westlaw access ends in November.

Westlaw Access after November
After the Grad Elite Extension, students will have 1 hour of limited access per month (snippets only) for 12 months, as well as access to job search related databases such as Westlaw Legal Directory, Profiler and the Almanace of the Federal Judiciary for 1 year.

Grad Access Outside the Grad Elite Program (Job Search)
Graduating 3Ls who do not take the Grad Survey and all graduating LL.M.s (LL.M.s do not qualify for the Grad Elite Program); will have 1 hour of limited access to Westlaw per month (snippets only) for 18 months.

Continuing Students
Log into Westlaw and click on the summer extension banner. Students can extend their passwords for summer access if they participate in one of these activities:
  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law review & journal (including write-on competitions)
  • Research assistant
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid internship/externship