ABA Law School Accreditation Process

The United States Department of Education has recognized the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as the accrediting agency “in the United States of programs in legal education that lead to the first professional degree in law . . . .”  See also 34 C.F.R. § 602 (explaining the DOE’s recognition of accrediting agencies). George Mason School of Law was approved by the ABA in 1980.

Under the ABA Rules of Procedure for Accreditation of Law schools, fully accredited law schools are subject to a site evaluation every 7 years. A team of evaluators reviews materials provided by the law school and then conducts a 3-day site visit. These evaluators typically includes a law librarian (see ABA Standards for Library and Information Sources).

George Mason will host an ABA team of evaluators, led by Dean Brad Toben (Baylor Law School) on Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 3, 2014. They will hold an open meeting for students on April 1, 5:00-6:00, in Room 215. Students are welcome to contact Dean Toben directly if they cannot attend the open meeting. The Site Team will be using Hazel Hall Room 314 as its base of operations. You may also contact Dean Toben through his office number: 254.710.1911, fax 254.710.1799, or email at Brad_Toben@baylor.edu.

More information is available in a brochure titled,The Law School Accreditation Process and the current ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Both these resources are on the ABA website.

Happy 25th Anniversary WWW!

On March 12, 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s wrote a paper proposing an “information management” system “based on a distributed hypertext.” This later became known as the World Wide Web. The WWW is, of course, one of the most important services using the Internet.

The impact of the WWW on the law and legal research is too big to summarize in a single blog post. Suffice it to say here that there are few lawyers, and probably no law students, who could imagine conducting legal research without accessing information using the Web:  Shepard’s by hand, reading cases only in reporters, compiling legislative using only books —unthinkable! (and some undoable since most libraries have discarded the necessary resources in print).

Want more information about the WWW’s History? Check out these resources…. online of course:

Help Us Serve You Better!

Please take a few minutes to answer our short annual Student Survey of 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. Link to the survey from the “Announcements” banner on the law library home page or here.

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.

To read the library’s responses to your suggestions from previous surveys, see the Library & Technology Blog—search “survey”.

The survey ends on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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GMU Law Library and BLSA Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month.This year’s theme—Civil Rights in America—honors the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241), which became law on July 2, 1964.The Act prohibited discrimination in public places, banned segregation in schools,and made employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor this landmark legislation. Please take a few moments to view a special presentation in the library display case near the atrium.

Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) at Howard University. For more information, visit the ASALH website.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Law Library will closed on Monday, January 20.

The MLK holiday became federal law fifteen years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. The holiday was first observed in 1986, but it took another 17 years for nationwide recognition. In 1994, the holiday was designated a day of service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the King Center Website.

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Introducing Our New Legal Fiction and DVD Collection!

The library is happy to offer GMUSL patrons a new collection of law-themed novels and films. Please take a minute to browse these materials on the display in the first floor reading room. DVDs are available for an extended checkout period over the winter break.

Interested in learning more about law and film? Check out these titles:

More on law in literature? Search our catalog for “law in literature” as a subject heading.

If you have suggestions for books or movies to add to the collection, please contact Reference and Outreach Services Librarian Debbie Shrager (dshrager@gmu.edu).

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Ready, Set, Write: Preparing for Your First Law School Exams

No doubt, preparing for law school exams, especially your first set of these assessments, is a challenging experience.  But many law students have survived this process not much worse for wear, so don’t panic!

As noted here, the law library has a variety of study aids available.  Here is a sample of some of the other potentially useful resources providing suggestions for exam preparation and writing:

Best of Luck!

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 and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs