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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)