Exam preparation resources at the D’Angelo Law Library

The D’Angelo Law Library provides a variety of resources to help students prepare for exams.

Past exams: Perhaps most importantly, the Library provides copies of past exams given at the Law School, in addition to model student answers and memos written by the professors where available. The exams are organized by course and faculty member. Everything we have been given permission to post is available on the Library website.

Past_Exams

Study Supplements: Another helpful resource for preparing student outlines and studying for exams are the many study supplements, including the popular Examples & Explanations and Understanding series, that are available in the Reserve Room. Our Hornbooks & Study Supplements page provides lists of the available study supplements by course name.

CALI Lessons: If you prefer something online or more interactive, CALI lessons might be the resource for you.  The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides UofC law students with access to nearly 1,000 internet-based lessons on different legal topics. Lessons range from core 1L courses (92 lessons on property, for example) to many different upper level courses. CALI lessons are often interactive and feature questions to test your knowledge as you go through them. If you have not already registered an account with CALI, you can Ask a Law Librarian to get the authorization code for the Law School.

Student Outlines: Student outlines for various courses taught at the Law School are made available by the UChicago Law Students Association (LSA) in an online outline bank on the LSA’s website. You will need to enter a password to access. If you do not have the password, Ask a Law Librarian. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) also makes student outlines available on TWEN (requires Westlaw login and the password blsaoutlines). Older (pre-2010) outlines are available on the BLSA website. You will need to enter this information to access (username: blsaoutlines; password: student).

Screenshot of TWEN

Screenshot of BLSA Outlines link on TWEN

Study Rooms: If you want to meet with a study group, the D’Angelo Law Library has seven study rooms that can be reserved online: two study rooms on each of the 4th, 5th and 6th floors, and one study room on the second floor. Law students may reserve use of a study room using the Law School’s room reservation system. For further assistance, see How to Reserve a Law Library Study Room.

Quiet Study Space: Quieter study spaces are available on the upper floors of the Law Library. Law School students are also able to study in any of the other libraries on campus.

Lockers: Please remember to secure your belongings when you take breaks. You can check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk. Library lockers are located in the northeast corner of the second and third floors. Two types of lockers are available: laptop lockers, which are smaller and each equipped with an electrical outlet, and bookbag lockers, which are large enough to accommodate a bookbag and/or coat. 

Good luck with exams!

D’Angelo Law Library restricted access during exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, June 5 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the University community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to the library.

Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.

D’Angelo Law Library Memorial Day hours

On Monday, May 25, the D’Angelo Law Library will be open from 10 am – 6 pm. This includes the Reserve Room and the Circulation Desk. The Reference Desk will be closed.

Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

Eckhart and SSA libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law access over the summer

Please read below for details on accessing Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law over the summer.

WestlawNext

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: At the end of June, academic passwords for returning students will default to 40 hours for the month of July, even if a student does nothing to extend.

Westlaw does allow returning students to extend their current, unlimited access in specific instances, which you can do by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/SummerExtension.aspx. Allowable usages for extending include:

  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law review or law journal work, including write-on competitions
  • Research assistant work
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation

Graduating 3Ls: Graduating students will have full access to WestlawNext through June 30, 2015. Graduating students can also continue to use WestlawNext through the Graduate Elite program. Graduating students should have received an email regarding this program and can locate information about the Graduate Elite program on the lawschool.westlaw.com homepage, or at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/gradelite.aspx.

After completing a short survey, they receive:

  • WestlawNext access: 60 hours for 6 months (June – Nov and it ends on Nov. 30th)
  • westlaw.com access: 18 months post-graduation for job search

For help or more information, contact the Law School’s Westlaw Account Manager Dennis Elverman at dennis.elverman@thomsonreuters.com.

LexisNexis

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Returning students will have full access to Lexis Advance during the summer without special registration.

Graduating 3Ls: Graduates have full Lexis Advance access through July 31, 2015. For help or more information, contact our LexisNexis Account Executive, Carter Mills at carter.mills@lexisnexis.com.

Bloomberg Law

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. There is no need to register, as your student account will remain active and available all summer.

Graduating 3Ls: Students graduating this spring have unlimited and unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.

For help or more information, contact our Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Haley Harris at hHarris@bna.com.

Data Data Everywhere: Introduction to Data Management workshop, May 13, 4 pm

You are collecting it, but are you managing it? If you were asked to provide data from research done last year, would you be able to find it? What about two years ago? Join us for the Data Data Everywhere:  Introduction to Data Management workshop on Wednesday, May 13, from 4-5 pm in the Kathleen A. Zar Room in Crerar Library, where you will learn more about the basics of data management for your research. We will discuss best practices for file naming and structure, metadata, storage and back ups, as well as provide an overview of funding agency requirements. Register online now.

New e-resource: IFAR’s art law and cultural property databases

If you are interested in art law research, the D’Angelo Law Library now provides e-access to the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)’s Art Law & Cultural Property databases.  IFAR describes them as follows:

International Cultural Property/Ownership & Export Legislation (ICPOEL)

This section contains legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries. The legislation is presented in both summary form and as complete text; the latter in the original language and in translation. Selected historical legislation is also included, as, while superseded or amended, it can be useful for researchers looking for statutes applicable at the time of the acquisition, export or import of an art object. Links connect foreign legislation to relevant U.S. case law. There are also links to relevant international conventions and bilateral agreements….

Case Law & Statutes (CLS)

This section contains an extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and, notably, hard-to-find, out-of-court settlements. The material is organized under eight topics: World War II-Era/Holocaust Related Art Loss; Cultural Property (Antiquities) Disputes Over Non-United States Property; United States Cultural Property; Art Theft (other than World War II and cultural property looting); Other Ownership Title Disputes/Claims Including Conversion and Breach of Contract; Art Fraud, Attribution, Authenticity, Forgery, Libel, and Defamatory Statements; Valuation/Appraisal; and Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Issues.

Under each topic, relevant cases are summarized (where possible, with images of the art objects in question). There are also links to relevant U.S. statutes, foreign legislation and a glossary.

 

Alert Library Catalog & BorrowDirect offline, 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. Wed., 4/29

The Library Catalog and BorrowDirect will be unavailable between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29 due to scheduled systems maintenance.

The Library Catalog will allow searches, but holdings and item availability information will not be displayed, nor will service links associated with holdings and items. My Account will also be unavailable.

Direct searches of the BorrowDirect catalog will also be unavailable while maintenance is underway.

UBorrow will remain accessible during this time.

Law.com trial

The Library has a trial of law.com, a legal news service. Law.com features news on Class Actions, Product Liability, Corporate and Securities, Appellate Practice, Intellectual Property, and Labor & Employment law, plus all the news from the American Lawyer, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Recorder, and other legal newspapers and magazines from American Lawyer Media

The trial lasts until May 16, 2015.  The free Law.com app for iPhone and iPad lets you save stories to read offline, and set up and manage news alerts. 

 

Workshop Series – Managing Your Research

Crerar Library is offering a workshop series on issues related to managing research such as copyright, data management, document organization and collaboration tools.  More information about each workshop and registration links are below.  All workshops are opened to faculty, students and staff.

Your Copyrights:  Understanding author rights in scholarly publishing

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 17th, 12-1pm

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and copyright issues are often at the center of it. You may be hearing some terms that are new and wonder how they affect you. Join us for a session to learn more about open access, Creative Commons, copyright transfer agreements, public deposit, and how your funding agency may have new requirements for you soon. Register

Managing Research Documents

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 27th, 12-1pm

Organizing and keeping track of research documents, whether pdfs, notes, images or other pieces of information, can be time consuming and difficult. Let us help you! This workshop will cover effective naming techniques for documents, citation and pdf management, note taking tools, alerts and feeds, and journal management apps. Register

Data Data Everywhere:  Introduction to Data Management

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 13th, 4-5pm

You are collecting it, but are you managing it? If you were asked to provide data from research done last year, would you be able to find it? What about two years ago? Join us for this session where you will learn more about the basics of data management for your research. We will discuss best practices for file naming and structure, metadata, storage and back ups, as well as provide an overview of funding agency requirements. Register

Collaboration Tools for Researchers

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 19th, 12-1pm

A wide range of tools to help you collaborate and communicate with other researchers are available these days. This workshop will cover options for sharing different kinds of work including citation and pdf sharing software, file and image sharing systems, and presentation sharing software. Register

 

International Monetary Fund data now freely available

The International Monetary Fund recently announced that all of their data sets are now free to everyone. Previously, IMF data were only available through Library subscriptions. The subscription interface is still available, but will be discontinued in the near future. The new open platform allows registered users to download entire data sets in addition to data query results.

Access the new data portal at
http://data.imf.org

Extensive help files are available at
http://datahelp.imf.org/

If you created an account on the old system, your login credentials should work at the new site. Saved data queries will not be transferred, however.

More standing desks at D’Angelo

The one standing desk D’Angelo installed on the second floor a couple of months ago has received steady use.  So, in the interest of better health and more exercise for more students, we are acquiring three more.  Two have arrived – they are installed near the original one, in the northwest corner of the second floor Reading Room.  As soon as the other one comes, it will go there also.  Happy studying!

We also have one more standing desk, a little smaller than the others, behind the Law Circulation Desk, that can be checked out for four hours and used anywhere in the Library, so long as it doesn’t leave the building and isn’t kept out overnight.  Let us know what you think, both about the desks themselves and their placement.  

Keystone Program: Microsoft Office training

This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the D’Angelo Law Library, this Microsoft Office Training is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both; lunch will be provided; you must bring your own laptop; and the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. The program will be held Saturday, March 28th with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.  Students must register in advance for this  program at:http://www.law.uchicago.edu/microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D’Angelo Law Library.

Library Catalog improvements

The Library has released a new version of its Library Catalog, offering enhancements and new features to improve your search:

  • Basic and advanced keyword search forms have merged. There is now one tab with keyword searching, with an option to switch to advanced search.
  • Improved printing and exporting, including the ability to mark multiple records.
  • Search terms are retained when switching to a new search option.
  • Vernacular character searching for languages such as Korean, Russian, or Arabic, is now available in all keyword searches. However, the vernacular must be included in the catalog record.
  • Improvements have been made to call number browse. Call number prefixes (such as f or s) are now ignored.
  • More information, including ebook platform, for full-text links in catalog records.
  • Search limits are now joined by Boolean OR rather than AND.
  • Catalog records can now be formatted into Chicago style.
  • Greatly improved Zotero support.
  • WorldCat search option added to the header of the catalog for quick access.

In the next few months, additional enhancements will be coming, including:

  • Improved access on mobile devices.
  • Catalog records details will be removed from tabs.
  • Addition of more Tables of Content to more book records.

For more information regarding the Library Catalog, view our help guide. Comments and questions about the Library Catalog can be submitted via our Catalog Feedback Form.

The University of Chicago Library Catalog

The new version of the Library Catalog

Alert Winter quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to June 26

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due April 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for spring quarter. As of March 23, all such items will have a new due date of June 26, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary.

The automatic renewal is being performed because the functionality to manually renew items is currently unavailable in the Catalog. The Library is working to restore this functionality as soon as possible.

Users may view a list of all items out, including current due dates, via My Account.

For assistance, please contact Circulation or visit a Library circulation desk.

D’Angelo Law Library spring interim hours, March 15 – 24

The D’Angelo Law Library will have reduced hours for the spring interim. Normal hours resume Wednesday, March 25.

From Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, we will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We will be closed Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

The following week, on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, we will be open from  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Regular hours resume on Wednesday, March 25.

‘An unbelievable success’: Chicago Unbound reaches a half-million downloads of faculty work

Last Wednesday, someone in Hamburg, Germany, downloaded a paper by Geoffrey R. Stone right around the time someone in Nairobi was accessing a paper by Aziz Huq and someone in Taipei was pulling up a paper by Richard Posner.

Law School scholarship was circling the globe in a digital flurry: an Eric Posner piece to the Bahamas; a Todd Henderson article to Ontario, Canada; a Douglas G. Baird paper to Phoenix; and a piece co-authored by Thomas J. Miles and Cass Sunstein to Rio de Janeiro. And not just the newer scholarship: in London, someone downloaded a 1975 paper by R.H. Helmholz, and in Denmark, someone grabbed a 1983 paper by William Landes.

This was typical activity for Chicago Unbound, the 14-month-old online repository that has made the faculty’s work more accessible than ever and has illustrated just how far, and how frequently, Law School scholarship travels. Still, the otherwise-ordinary day represented an important milestone: that evening “Positive and Negative Constitutional Rights,” a 1986 paper by longtime Professor David P. Currie, became the 500,000th publication downloaded from Chicago Unbound.

“Not only is Chicago Unbound getting our scholarship out there — as seen by the half million downloads — but it’s doing it under the UChicago brand. It reinforces the connection between our scholars and the Law School,” said Deputy Dean Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law. “It has been an unbelievable success. It is far exceeding our expectations.”

On average, about 875 works are downloaded each day from Chicago Unbound — a roughly 17 percent increase from the site’s daily average of about 750 a year ago. Users from 171 different countries have downloaded scholarship; the most frequent international visitors hail from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.

“Surpassing the half-millionth download is a significant accomplishment in the life of this young repository,” said Sheri Lewis, Director of the D’Angelo Law Library. “I am extremely proud of the library’s role in this important Law School effort and of the talented staff that has made it possible.”

Chicago Unbound, developed by the D’Angelo Law Library and the Law School’s Office of Communications, contains about 5,500 works published by current faculty, as well as about 1,500 publications by select historical faculty — numbers that are growing as new works are published and older ones are scanned and added. The collection contains the complete working paper series from Law School research centers, other Law School publications, and the Crosskey and Fulton lectures. The library is working on adding the entire run of the Chicago Journal of international Law, its predecessor, the University of Chicago Roundtable, as well as the alumni publication, the University of Chicago Law School Record. Eventually, everything published in the University of Chicago Law Review and the University of Chicago Legal Forum will be added, as well as audio and visual materials from lectures and other events. Chicago Unbound also has tables of contents and citation information for the Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Legal Studies.

“The faculty wants their work to be read, and they want it to be as accessible as possible,” Lewis said. “Chicago Unbound accomplishes that well. It is a public site that makes the work easy to find and easy to access.”

The project began in early 2013 under former D’Angelo Law Library Director Judith M. Wright, who retired in June 2013. Since then, many of D’Angelo’s librarians have been involved in building the database and uploading new items to the collection. Chicago Unbound is built on bepress’s Digital Commons platform, which is designed to ensure that Law School faculty scholarship is easily findable when someone searches the internet for research on a particular topic.

“Because of what is sometimes referred to as ‘the Google juice’ — the search engine optimization — in the Digital Commons platform, these results tend to come to the top,” Lewis said. “We all know that the first couple of results you see on Google are the ones that get the attention.”

The New York Times has linked to Chicago Unbound when citing Law School faculty scholarship, including a January reference to a paper by Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law Eric Posner and Assistant Professor Adam S. Chilton, as well as a December 2014 reference to a 1982 Harvard Law Review paper by Professor Frank Easterbrook, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a Senior Lecturer at the Law School.

The platform also allows the library to track usage, providing useful data on the reach of faculty scholarship. Chicago Unbound’s front page even offers a “real-time readership” world map that shows downloads as they happen.

For Ginsburg, who focuses on international law, Chicago Unbound gives him insight into the global reach of faculty work.

“I write on countries all over the world,” he said, “and to see that my work is having an impact all over the world is, of course, really exciting.”

A University of Chicago Law School news release

Exhibits Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

Weddstock Protest 1992

Photograph from Weddstock protest, 1992. Chicago Maroon. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03580-001, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Used with the permission of the Chicago Maroon.

Exhibition Dates: March 30 – June 12, 2015

Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Description: From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago’s history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from LGBTQ alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition.

The oldest material in the exhibition documents relationships between the first generation of female faculty and graduate students at the University at the start of the 20th century. The exhibition also explores the consequences faced by male instructors caught in vice raids of the 1940s, the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970, the impact of AIDS on the University of Chicago community, anti-gay violence in the 1980s, and activism for partner benefits for same-sex couples and improvements to the campus climate for queer, transgender and gender non-conforming students. As the Chicago Maroon declared in 1980, “The University of Chicago may be gayer than you think.”

Gay Liberation Dance poster

Gay Liberation Dance poster, 1971. Used with permission of Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections at Northwestern University.

Drawing on the rich holdings of the University of Chicago Library—including the papers of Marion Talbot and Ernest Burgess, administrative records, and a multitude of campus publications—and other major archives, the exhibition displays letters, academic papers, and student newspaper articles, as well as posters, ephemera, photographs, a square of the AIDS Memorial Quilt made by UChicago students, and other visual documentation tracing this complex history. The exhibition also introduces new materials and selections from oral histories collected by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality from alumni such as James Hormel, JD’58, former dean of students of the Law School and the first openly gay U.S. ambassador; cultural anthropologist Esther Newton, AM’66, PhD’68, who wrote the first major anthropological study of a homosexual community in the U.S. while a graduate student at UChicago; and Deborah Gould, AM ’90, PhD ’00, activist, scholar, and author of the first book to analyze the emergence, development, and decline of the direct-action AIDS movement, ACT UP.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Price: Free and open to the public

Presented by the University of Chicago Library and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Curator: Lauren Stokes, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, The University of Chicago

Associated web exhibit (coming April 2015): lib.uchicago.edu/e/webexhibits

Facebook Event Page: Exhibit

The Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project

Homo t-shirt: "The University of Chicago is gayer than you think."

Ho-mo t-shirt. Donated by Scott Dennis. Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles. Collection. The University of Chicago Library.

Based on previous research into women’s history and experience at the University, students and faculty at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality identified a pressing need to capture the history and experience of LGBTQ individuals and communities at the University of Chicago. In 2011, the CSGS launched the project Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles, documenting LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago from the early 20th century through the present day. During this time, students and staff working on the project have collected more than 95 oral histories, gathered donated materials from alumni, students and student groups, and mined the archives at the University of Chicago Library, Northwestern University, the Kinsey Institute, the Chicago History Museum, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for materials.

In addition to producing new scholarship, the Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project contributes to building community and expertise around the history of sexuality across disciplines by providing undergraduate and graduate students at the University space for research and intergenerational mentorship. The project has offered a yearly undergraduate course that has trained students in oral history and archival research methods and exploring LGBTQ history. The project also brings scholars of LGBTQ history working in universities and archives across the United States to campus for public lectures and student/faculty workshops.

Opening Gala

Chicago Pride Parade, 1991

Photograph from Chicago Pride Parade, 1991. Chicago Maroon, June 1991. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03416-001, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Used with permission of the Chicago Maroon.

Date: April 1
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location:
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Facebook Event Page – Opening Gala

To RSVP

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. A reception and short program will mark the opening, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet researchers, oral history narrators and project organizers.  

Use of Images and Media Contact

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for download by members of the media, and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.  For more information, contact Rachel Rosenberg at ra-rosenberg@uchicago.edu or 773-834-1519, or Susie Allen at sjallen1@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4009.

D’Angelo Law Library restricted access during exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Friday, March 6 through Saturday, March 14 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the University community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to the library.

Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.

 

Exam preparation resources at the D’Angelo Law Library

The D’Angelo Law Library provides a variety of resources to help students prepare for exams.

Past exams: Perhaps most importantly, the Library provides copies of past exams given at the Law School, in addition to model student answers and memos written by the professors where available. The exams are organized by course and faculty member. Everything we have been given permission to post is available on the Library website.

 

Past_Exams

Study Supplements: Another helpful resource for preparing student outlines and studying for exams are the many study supplements, including the popular Examples & Explanations and Understanding series, that are available in the Reserve Room. Our Hornbooks & Study Supplements page provides lists of the available study supplements by course name.

CALI Lessons: If you prefer something online or more interactive, CALI lessons might be the resource for you.  The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides UofC law students with access to nearly 1,000 internet-based lessons on different legal topics. Lessons range from core 1L courses (92 lessons on property, for example) to many different upper level courses. CALI lessons are often interactive and feature questions to test your knowledge as you go through them. If you have not already registered an account with CALI, you can Ask a Law Librarian to get the authorization code for the Law School.

Student Outlines: Student outlines for various courses taught at the Law School are made available by the UChicago Law Students Association (LSA) in an online outline bank on the LSA’s website. You will need to enter a password to access. If you do not have the password, Ask a Law Librarian. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) also makes student outlines available on TWEN (requires Westlaw login and the password blsaoutlines). Older (pre-2010) outlines are available on the BLSA website. You will need to enter this information to access (username: blsaoutlines; password: student).

Screenshot of TWEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenshot of BLSA Outlines link on TWEN

Study Rooms: If you want to meet with a study group, the D’Angelo Law Library has seven study rooms that can be reserved online: two study rooms on each of the 4th, 5th and 6th floors, and one study room on the second floor. Law students may reserve use of a study room using the Law School’s room reservation system. For further assistance, see How to Reserve a Law Library Study Room.

Quiet Study Space: Quieter study spaces are available on the upper floors of the Law Library. Law School students are also able to study in any of the other libraries on campus.

Lockers: Please remember to secure your belongings when you take breaks. You can check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk. Library lockers are located in the northeast corner of the second and third floors. Two types of lockers are available: laptop lockers, which are smaller and each equipped with an electrical outlet, and bookbag lockers, which are large enough to accommodate a bookbag and/or coat. 

Good luck with exams!

Happy Lunar New Year 2015!

Lyo Chinese New Year 2015 photoChinese New Year/Spring Festival celebrations start today, February 19, 2015, and end on March 5, 2015. It’s confusing whether 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram because the character “羊” means “horned animal”. It could also be the Year of the Antelope!  :-)  Let’s celebrate anyway!

If you’re in a serious research frame of mind, you can celebrate by checking out what we have in our Chinese law collection, including our databases. Books,  journals and other law-related materials are located in the D’Angelo Law Library and in the Chinese Studies collection at Regenstein’s East Asian Library.  We subscribe to ChinaLawInfo/LawInfoChina, Westlaw China, and Wangfang Data: Policies and Laws of China (PLOC).

Infernal Affairs (movie)For fun, check out the movies in our law library DVD Collection! We have all three Infernal Affairs action flicks. 

We also own Farewell My Concubine (recommended by our LL.M.s), The Story of Qiu Ju, China: From the Inside, The People’s Court, and other movies made in China and about China.

The University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) has a film library comprising over 5,000 titles from China, Japan, and Korea. You can browse their  online film catalog. The Film Library is at Judd Hall, Room 302. It’s open Mon-Fri. 11:30am-4:30pm. Current University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff members can borrow films. 

If you don’t have a movie in mind and like romantic comedies, I’m told by Jiaxun Wu, Chinese Studies Librarian, that If You Are the One = 非誠勿擾 (2008) is great. Check it out!

You can also visit the “Chinese New Year Paintings Held in the Shanghai Library” exhibit located on the 5th floor of Regenstein Library.  Hurry!  It closes on February 28, 2015.

If you want to celebrate by going to China, we also have travel guides located in the Reserve Room – China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, 2012), Fodor’s China (2011), and Fodor’s Beijing (2011). Thanks to Lorna Tang, our Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services, for these guides!

And this Sunday at 1pm, there’s a Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown!

University of Chicago Library Graduate and Professional School Survey

This is a reminder! Please fill out the University of Chicago Library Graduate and Professional School Survey. Emails with links to the survey were sent on February 4, 2015. D’Angelo Law Library is hoping to get some good feedback from the survey – results will be sortable by division and degree program. We are looking forward to hearing from you.  

Final days: Library asks graduate and professional school students to complete survey by March 4

The University of Chicago Library is conducting a survey of all currently enrolled graduate and professional school students. This survey is being offered in partnership with Graduate Student Affairs, and the findings will be used to inform decisions about future University and Library services.

The survey was distributed by email on February 4. Graduate and professional school students, please check your email for a message from the University of Chicago Library with an individualized link to the survey. Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a number of prizes, including:

  • A dedicated faculty study at Regenstein Library or Crerar Library for one year.
  • Locker rental at Regenstein Library for one year.
  • Gift cards for Amazon.com, the Seminary Co-op, or the University of Chicago Bookstore.

Previous surveys conducted by the Library resulted in the implementation of the Library’s Scan and Deliver service, as well as the creation of new group study spaces in Regenstein Library. Results gathered from the Library’s last survey of graduate and professional school students, conducted in February 2010, are available online.

For more information or to report problems with the survey, please contact the project team by email at ithaka@lib.uchicago.edu.

Corporate and Securities Law Research, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 12:15 PM in Classroom A

Interested in learning how to research a business, a company or an industry?  We have tools to help! Join Reference Librarians Bill Schwesig and Margaret Schilt for a presentation on Corporate and Securities Law Research Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM in Classroom A.  Lunch will NOT be provided but feel free to bring your own.  Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category for attending this presentation.

New Westlaw OnePass security requirements

Earlier this month, all Westlaw users should have received an email informing them that they need to update their OnePass password. The password updates are to ensure security and privacy. You may change your password at any time, but if you do not change your password by February 1, you will be prompted to change your password when you log in and will not be able to access Westlaw until you do.  

To get started, follow the steps below:

1. Within lawschool.westlaw.com or TWEN, click on your name in the top right corner and select Manage Account.

Screenshot of Manage Account screen

2. Click on Manage OnePass Profile.

*If a new page does not display, check your pop-up blocker. 

3. Scroll down to the password section, enter a new password and confirm it.

4. Click on Save.

If you run into trouble during the process, contact the Westlaw technical support line at 1-800-934-9378. Reference “OnePass” when prompted.

Further information is also available at: http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/videos/onepass-password-support

Substantial Paper Success: Thursday, Jan. 22, 12:15 pm in Room A

Are you writing a substantial paper this quarter? If so, you might want to attend the D’Angelo Law Library Workshop, “Substantial Paper Success,” on Thursday, January 22, at 12:15 pm in Room A. Come learn how to select a topic and do research for your substantial paper! Feel free to bring your lunch. If you cannot attend, you can still check out the Library’s Researching and Writing Substantial Papers guide online, or make an appointment to meet with a reference librarian.