2016 Law Student Survey of Law Library & Technology Services

Please take a few minutes to answer this short survey about the Law Library and Technology Services and let us know how we are doing and what services that you’d like to see added or improved.

Our staff carefully reviews the results of these surveys each year, and we have made a number of changes to the library and it’s services over the years based on the feedback from our annual surveys. Some things are not within our power to change, but whenever we can make improvements or needed changes, we will. We just need to hear from you.

Click here to take the 2016 Student Survey of Library & Technology Services.

The survey ends on Monday, May 2, 2016.

2L and 3L LexisNexis Professional Research Certification

LexisNexis will be offering Prepare to Practice – Professional Research Certification for 2Ls & 3Ls. Please see session details below. Both sessions are the same, so please pick the session that works best for your schedule. Registration is greatly appreciated.

Please visit www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool and click ‘trainings at my school’ on the left side of the page to register.

All attendees will receive 800 reward points. Don’t miss this incredibly helpful session as you prepare for real world legal research challenges.

Lexis Upper-class Training Series

Lexis is offering an Upper-class Training Series* including Part I and Part II. Multiple sessions are offered to fit your schedule. Attend just one of each Part I and Part II. Each Part is 20 minutes long, and all sessions meet in Room 121. In addition to learning valuable skills, you will earn 400 points for each, and 500 bonus points for completing both.

Part I (Legislative Research):

  • Wednesday, September 9 at 1:00
  • Wednesday, September 9 at 5:30
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 1:00

Part II (Administrative Law Research):

  • Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00
  • Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30
  • Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00
  • Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30

Registration is greatly appreciated at www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool, then click “Trainings at My School.”

*1Ls are not permitted to attend. 1Ls who have concerns about that should see Melanie Knapp.

Labor Day 2015 (Library closed on Monday)

The Law Library will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Weekend hours remain unchanged.

Want more information about Labor Day?

The U.S. Department of Labor website is a good place to start. The Department also provides statutory, regulatory, and general information about issues that come under its jurisdiction, including: wage & hours, occupational health & safety, workers’ compensation, whistleblowers, and family leave. Find a “Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor” here.

Enjoy the holiday!

CALI Resources for Incoming 1Ls

Your orientation packet included a CALI registration code. What is CALI?

CALI stands for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. It is a nonprofit consortium, established in 1982, that now includes most U.S. law schools and many other entities that are interested in legal education.

For law students, CALI is primarily a source for hundreds of concise lessons written by faculty and librarians. These online tutorials serve to introduce or review substantive legal topics, legal writing, legal research, and other useful subjects.

There are several introductory CALI Lessons created especially for 1Ls, listed here and including:

Give them a try! If you’ve lost your registration code, please see a Reference Librarian.

WELCOME NEW MASON LAW STUDENTS!

The library staff welcomes all new students to GMUSL!

Librarians are looking forward to meeting you during the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (LRWA) Program and in the law library. During the first two weeks of classes, you will be stopping by the Reference Office (on the main floor of the library, past the Circulation Desk) to complete your self-guided library tour. When classes are in session, Reference Librarians are available to assist you in person or by phone:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Fridays 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays, 2:00pm – 9:00pm.

We may also be contacted by email. All the Reference Librarians are experienced legal researchers, and we look forward to assisting you as you develop your legal research skills. We are here to help, and we enjoy answering questions–so please don’t hesitate to come and see us!

For technology needs, please contact one of the members of the technology staff. Their office is located on the third floor of the library, Room 362.  More information about technology services is available here.

Contact information for the entire library staff is found in the Library Directory.

 

Preparing for the Bar Exam

GMU Law Library welcomes those studying for the bar.  Please check the law library website for information about regular and special summer hours. Mason Law ’15 grads retain all library privileges until September 30.

Below are are list of resources related to bar preparation that may be helpful:

Law Library Print Resources

Law School Website