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1L Year: Resources to Help You Succeed at the University of Illinois College of Law: General
This guide intends to help first-year law students have all the resources they will need and use the most in their first year of law school in one easily accessible place. Many of these resources will overlap with resources that second and third-year law students will use as well as those used by practicing attorneys. In addition to relevant federal material, links are provided to Illinois material for the convenience of University of Illinois College of Law law students.
Disclaimer: This resource is provided for informational purposes only; not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
"The Big 3" Legal Research Tools
You will be provided with passwords to each of these resources by the end of the first week of law school.
Each of these three resources provides a searchable interface and access to cases, statutes, regulations, secondary sources and much more. Both LexisAdvance and Westlaw allow natural language and Boolean searching, while Bloomberg allows Boolean searching and has a default setting.
Bloomberg Law contains similar content to Westlaw Edge and Lexis Advance, including case law and analytical material. It also contains PACER dockets.
This subscription is available by login and password and limited to College of Law students and Faculty. To obtain login credentials, go to https://profile.bna.com/bloomberglaw-activate/ Limited access is also available on-campus.
Video lessons and case briefs for a variety of law school classes. Register with your illinois.edu email.
Remember APA? Chicago? MLA? Well now you get to add The Bluebook to the mix (and in case you're wondering there's no citation creator, nor should you rely on Westlaw/LexisNexis/Bloomberg's citations. So get ready, you're about to get really familiar with The Bluebook, the way to cite legal material. You can access The Bluebook online or you may purchase it in print (recommended) from an online bookseller.
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Call Number: 340.07 M617l 2011 not located at Law Library
Publication Date: 2011-04-26
cop.1 at ResHalls Florida Avenue Jobs/Career
cop.2 at Oak Street Library [request online]
Gives advice from a panel of recent law students on what to expect.
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