Legal Database Access for Grads

Graduating GMUSL students have the following access:

Bloomberg Law:  Access until December 31, for any purpose, including commercial. No action is needed to continue access.

Lexis Advance: Access until July 31. To extend access (with restrictions), visit wwwlexisnexis.com/grad-access/

WestlawNext: 

  • Access to job-related resources for 18 months after graduation.  No action is required for this service
  • Passwords may be extended through November. Login at lawschool.westlaw.com and click on box in lower right corner of home page: “What’s Next? Tell us and extend your WestlawNext password.”

 

Summer Access to Legal Databases

During the Summer, current GMUSL students have the following legal database access:

  • Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Westlaw:
    • Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials, and West Online Study Aids.
    • Limited research access June 1-July 31. Students may apply for a password extension here for the following acceptable uses: Summer law school classes, law journal work, projects for faculty, moot court, and unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship work required for graduation. Summer passwords may not be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework.

During the Summer, students continue to have full access to all other Law-Related Databases and databases available from the GMU Libraries Database Portal.

Reference Librarians will be available throughout the Summer to answer any research-related questions.  Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the Reference Office. Full contact details are available from the library Staff Directory.

 

Exam Prep: Print Study Aids Available in the Law Library

The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks, Understanding Series, and Concepts and Insights Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series, and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

The most recent edition of these titles is available at the Circulation Desk.

Getting Ready for Exams: West Study Aids

A reminder that the Law Library is pleased to offer Mason law students access to West Study Aids. This subscription provides PDFs of over 350 titles, including:

  • Hornbooks
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Concise Hornbook Series
  • Exam Pro Series
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Nutshell Series
  • Sum & Substance Quick Reviews

Students may access these materials through their Westlaw account. When you sign-in to Westlaw, click on “My eProducts” on the top toolbar.

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Study Room Rules During Exam Period

A reminder that to accommodate as many students as possible during exams, the law library has the following rules for study room use:

  • You must have at least 4 students in your group to use the larger study rooms (Rooms 248 and 356)
  • You must have at least 2 students in your group to use the small study rooms
  • Rooms may not be reserved for more than a four-hour block
  • A group of students may not collectively sign up a room for an entire day.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Happy 450th Birthday William Shakespeare!?

The only documents related to William Shakespeare’s birth are church records recording his baptism in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. So Shakespeare’s birthday has traditionally been celebrated a few days before that date.

The Bard clearly had an interest in law, referencing law and lawyers frequently in his plays. We have a number of books in the law library discussing legal references in Shakespeare’s work, including:

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Student Webinars: Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to use ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight, outstanding resources for legistlative history research.

Proquest is offering webinars designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process
  2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue
  3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred
  4. Find both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent

Webinar Dates (please register via the link for your preferred date):

Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715979805

Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=719719265

Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=714258131

Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715500467

Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=711140312

GMUSL Reference Librarians are also available to answer any questions you have about using these databses!

 

 

 

FINE AMNESTY RETURNS! HAPPY NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 2014

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 13-19, 2014) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.

First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.

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New from HeinOnline: Women and the Law Collection

The law library’s subscription to HeinOnline now includes a new Women and the Law Collection:

Women and the Law is a collection that brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Please consult the library catalog for additional resources related to law and women.