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Congratulations! You’re a summer associate at a law firm. This course will help you exceed expectations by doing prime work; presenting yourself well; building rela-tionships; and managing your time, workload, and well-being.
Introduction - Start Here!
Congratulations on finding a placement for the summer. This guide is intended to supplement your first semester Legal Research course, and provide some additional information.
You can still use many of our library's resources, provided that you log in correctly so that our information providers know who you are.
Go to the Law Library page on the Law School Intranet, and click on the Law Library A-Z Resource List link:
Legal Citation Refresher
Here is a quick reminder of how Legal Citation works.
More detailed citation guides are here:
Legal Research and Writing Guides
The Law Library has several resources dedicated to legal research and writing. Please drop by the library and peruse our Practical Skills collection.
Black's Law Dictionary 10e GOOD by
Call Number: KF156 .B53 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
This comprehensive law dictionary contains more than 50,000 terms and includes definitions of more than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms. More than 7,500 terms new to this edition include bioweapon, gazump, hacker, mommy track, unperson and zero-tolerance law.
First Trial (Where Do I Sit? What Do I Say?) in a Nutshell, 3e by
Call Number: KF8915 .Z9 G59 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-18
The First Trial Nutshell is a fresh and unique approach to advocacy instruction. Concentrating on the overall approach to trying a case, it weaves persuasion and procedure to help lawyers and law students prepare for their first trials with confidence. Addressing everything from technology to where to sit and what to say, it meshes the practical advice and how-to instructions with sophisticated persuasive techniques. Small enough to be read in a single sitting, this book will serve as the perfect first primer and a continuing resource for experienced litigators to read again before trial mediation or arbitration.
Bluebook : A Uniform System of Citation, 20e by
Call Number: KF246 .U53 2015 Temporarily Shelved at: Law Reserves
Publication Date: 2015-06-25
Use this legal citation manual to break apart citations and determine the type of resource or use the tables to determine jurisdictional resources.
Legal Research in a Nutshell, 13e by
Call Number: KF240 .C54 2018
Finding and using legal resources effectively is an essential skill for lawyers. This comprehensive but succinct guide covers research procedures using major online services, free Internet resources, and library materials. Several hundred websites are discussed and placed in context for effective and productive use in research. Discussion includes coverage of legislative history, administrative law, specialized and interdisciplinary resources, and research in international and comparative law. Appendices list state research guides and treatises and services by subject, and a companion website has a regularly updated list of URLs and illustrations of online and print resources.
Just Research, 3e (Aspen Coursebook) by
Call Number: KF240 .O18 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-17
Just Research uses a process approach to teach students how to use print and electronic sources to research issues governed by state and federal statutes, common law, and constitutional law.
Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (7th ed.) by
Call Number: KF240 .S66 2018
Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, Seventh Edition by Amy E. Sloan is known for its clear, step-by-step instruction in the basics. Using a building-block approach, the textbook breaks material into discrete, readily comprehensible parts. Self-contained chapters on sources make the book flexible for any type of legal research course. Useful pedagogy throughout the text includes end-of-chapter checklists, clear examples, and summary charts. Helpful sample pages and examples of research sources guide students through the presentation.