Studying for Final Exams

It’s that time of the semester, and exams are right around the corner. Fortunately, the Tarlton Law Library has several resources to help you prepare for those exams.

1. One of our most popular resources, and one that you may find particularly helpful in these next few weeks, are our previous exams. These can be found in print in the Hyder Popular Reading Room on the second floor of the library and online. (Though there is a great deal of overlap, you may find some exams in one place and not the other.)

2. If you are nervous about taking exams or want general tips on law school exams, you may find our exam prep guides helpful. These guides can help you with exam strategy and avoiding some of the common pitfalls students make. A particularly useful title – and one that you might find helpful even at this late date because of its brevity – is Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades, by Alex Schimel.

3. Our law school study aids guide lists hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aids to help you better understand the material that you covered in class. You can navigate the study aids guide by choosing the course on the left side and seeing what study aids we have. You can also search for study aids by a particular series (e.g., Examples and Explanations or Nutshells). If you see a study aid you like, clicking on the link will take you to the book’s record in the catalog, which will tell you whether it is currently available for check out. Most of our study aids can be found in the Hyder Popular Reading Room on the second floor of the library.

4. Lastly, you may want to reserve a conference room for your study group as the library gets busier. Each student can reserve a conference room for two hours per week. You can do that online right here.

As always, feel free to contact the reference librarians with any questions. Good luck on your exams!

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CALI Lessons to Help Prepare for Final Exams

CALIWith the end of the semester and final exams fast approaching, you may want to take advantage of CALI lessons to help you prepare for exams. CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) lessons include tutorials that are created by law school faculty for students.  There are over 900 web-based lessons covering more than 35 law school subjects.  The University of Texas School of Law is a member of CALI, so the lessons are available to you.

If you haven’t already done so, here’s how you can set up a CALI account:

  1. Get the authorization code for Texas Law.
    • You can do this by stopping by Tarlton’s reference or circulation desks and asking for a CALI card.
    • Or, you can also retrieve it online via Tarlton’s Databases page, alphabetically listed under CALI.
  2. Once you have the code, go to http://www.cali.org and, on the upper right side of the screen, click the link for “Register.”
  3. Complete the registration process, which will require you to create your own username and password, in addition to entering your CALI authorization code.

Once you have registered with CALI, you will have full access to all of their resources. You can search for lessons in a variety of ways, including by topic and by casebook.

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Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, & Westlaw Over Summer 2016 and Post-Graduation

Students who are returning in Fall 2016 and graduating students may potentially still have access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or Westlaw over Summer 2016. Below are the summer access policies for these three legal databases.

Bloomberg Law

  • Returning students have full, unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law over the summer. Returning students who already have a Bloomberg Law account do not need to do anything for this summer access; it is automatic.
  • Graduating students have full, unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for 6 months after graduation, until November 30. Graduating students do not need to do anything for this access; it is automatic.

If you do not already have a Bloomberg Law account, instructions on how to sign up for an account can be found here. If you have specific questions about your Bloomberg Law account, you can email Tarlton’s Bloomberg Law account representative, Michael Calder, at mcalder@bna.com.

 

Lexis Advance

  • Returning students have full, unrestricted access to Lexis Advance over the summer. Returning students do not need to do anything for this summer access; it is automatic.
  • Graduating students have full, unrestricted access to Lexis Advance for 6 months after graduation. Graduating students do not need to do anything for this access; it is automatic.
  • Graduating students engaged in qualified public interest, non-profit work may also qualify for additional Lexis Advance access through the ASPIRE Program. Information about ASPIRE access can be found here.

If you have specific questions about your Lexis Advance account, you can email Tarlton’s Lexis Advance account representative, Jaclyn Olivas, at jaclyn.olivas@lexisnexis.com.

 

Westlaw

  • Returning students can only use their academic Westlaw accounts for the following purposes: (i) summer school classes or study abroad, (ii) law review or journal work, including write-on competitions, (iii) moot court, (iv) research assistant duties, or (v) unpaid internships and externships. Students’ academic Westlaw access goes away for the summer on May 31 and will return on August 1. Returning students can apply to extend their Westlaw passwords for summer use (if they are using it for one of the above five approved purposes) by taking a survey at lawschool.westlaw.com. To take the survey, look for this image:

Westlaw Summer Password Extension Survey

  • Graduating students can extend their academic Westlaw accounts for 6 months after graduation for the following purposes: (i) bar study, (ii) career usage, and (iii) any other academic purpose. This access allows 60 hours of research per month. Additionally, graduating students will have access to the career resource Profiler for 18 months after graduation. Graduating students’ access to Westlaw ends on May 31. Graduating students can apply to extend their Westlaw passwords for the 6 month post-graduation use (if they are using it for one of the above three approved purposes) by taking a survey at lawschool.westlaw.com. To take the survey, look for this image:

Westlaw Graduate Password Extension Survey

  • Students (returning or graduating) are NOT allowed to use their academic Westlaw accounts during the summer or post-graduation for work at a law firm, company, or governmental organization. If a student needs Westlaw for one of these purposes, then the Westlaw account/password given to them by the firm/company/governmental organization should be used instead.

If you have specific questions about your Westlaw account, you can email Tarlton’s Westlaw account representative, Erica Mohai, at erica.mohai@thomsonreuters.com.

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Exhibit — Collection Highlights from Rare Books

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James Dyer. Cy Ensuont Ascun Novel Cases, Collectes per le Iades Tresreverend Iudge, Mounsieur Iasquaes Dyer, Chiefe Iustice del Common Banke. London: In Aedibus Thomas Wight, 1601.

Tarlton boasts a substantial and growing collection of rare books and manuscripts. The collection dates back to the earliest years of the law school, and has now reached approximately 10,000 volumes.

Now on display are a number of monuments of Roman, Civil and Common Law, and historic Texas and Louisiana legal materials. The collection grows through purchase, identification and relocation of rare materials in the general collection, and gifts.

 

Curated by Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch

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Thanks for participating in the Tarlton survey!

Thanks very much to the many law students who participated in this year’s student survey.  We take this feedback seriously, and the responses will help us improve library resources and services for law students. Congratulations to Sarah Mohkamkar, the winner of the University Co-op gift card survey prize.

View the summary of survey results here.

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Tarlton Law Library 2016 Student Survey

It’s time again for Tarlton Law Library’s annual student survey. Your feedback is important to us! Students filling out the survey can enter to to win a $25 gift card to the University Co-op. The survey opens online today (3/21) and closes at the end of the day on Friday, April 1. Thanks for your help!

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