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May 2010Law Library News

Inside this Issue:
CALI LessonsSummer Access to DatabasesUltimate Research Refresher
Extended HoursPreparing for Exams
Lexis/Westlaw PositionsWeb Site of the Month

Desk Help! I'm Not Ready for Real Research

Did you suddenly realize that you will be asked to do real legal research soon? If so, the Ultimate Research Refresher will be perfect for you. The Refresher is an all-day class dealing with the most common tasks in real-world legal research, including cost effective research, finding legislative history, reliable internet resources, and much more. The Ultimate Research Refresher will take place on Friday, May 14th from 10am-4:30pm in room F108. Lunch will be provided. You can reserve your spot in this training by registering online or at the Circulation Desk. Additional information will be available on this page.
Beach with Laptop Summer Access to Lexis, Westlaw and other Databases

Your Lexis and Westlaw access becomes severely or totally restricted over the summer, with just a few excuses for continuing access. Visit the Summer Access page for all of the details for both continuing and graduating students.
Clock Library Extended Hours

If you have been going home at a decent time this week, you might not have noticed, but the Law Library began extended hours on Monday, April 19th. The Law Library will be open Monday-Friday 7am-3am, and Saturday-Sunday 8am-3am. For serious night owls, F109 and the Student Lounge will be open 24-hours beginning April 26th. Richter Library is also open 24-hours from April 25th-May 11th.

More information about Law Library hours, including the summer schedule...

CALI Lessons provide another set of exercises which can be used to bolster what you learned in class. There are over 675 CALI lessons available in 32 different legal subject areas. Students may pick up a DVD with the lessons from the reference desk, or they may take the lessons online by registering on the CALI site with UM's Authorization Code and creating their own user name and password.
Web Site of the Month - Florida Law Weekly

Florida Law Weekly (FLW) is actually three separate publications in one. FLW contains decisions from the Florida Supreme Court and the District Courts of Appeal. FLW Federal has decisions from the federal courts in Florida. And, finally, the FLW Supplement has decisions from Florida Circuit and County Courts. The FLW is not available in Lexis or Westlaw. In addition to the text of the decision, the publication adds basic headnotes for each case. The headnotes or the full text of the decisions may be searched. Recent issues of the Florida Law Weekly in print are available at the circulation desk.
Lexis/Westlaw Positions

If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time position with Lexis or Westlaw, both services are looking for student representatives.
For Westlaw, please send your cover letter and resume by Friday, May 7th to Mitza Djulvezan, Esq. at, energetic and motivated rising 2L preferred).
For Lexis position, the job announcement is available on the My School/Announcements section of the Lexis Law School Page.
Preparing for Exams

As you prepare for exams, the following information may help study your go a little more smoothly...

Study Guides: The Library collects several study aids which may help reinforce what you learned in the classroom. For example, we have many of the Q & A Series, which provide multiple choice and short answer questions on a variety of subjects; as well as several of the Examples & Explanation Series, which provide basic descriptions of an area of law with examples of how the law works; and the Exam Pro Series, which also provide multiple choice questions; as well as other series. Most of the recent editions are in the Reserve Collection.

Stress Reduction: Need to reduce your stress? Try checking out one of the meditation CDs or law-related films available at the Circulation Desk. Or, play a game of chess on the first-floor in the Mayer Leiter Research Area.

Bar Exam: For those preparing for the Big Exam after this semester, the Bar Exam Research Guide provides lots of resources to help you prepare for this exam as well.

Library Books: To avoid fines and problems with student accounts, please make sure that you return any library items you have checked out before the end of the semester.

Good Luck on Exams!
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