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Archive for July, 2017


Smarter Law School Study Habits

Whether you’re about to enter law school as a 1L or are gearing up for your upper level classes, smart law school study habits are a must. In a recent article, a law professor and a psychology professor team up to empirically examine the study habits of law students. From their research, here are some tips for smarter law school studying:

  • Avoid the “law school learning trap” of relying solely on passive learning techniques like reading and rereading, or case briefing without self-testing.
  • Incorporate as many active learning strategies as possible. These include retrieval, self-testing, and elaboration.
  • Use practice questions to study. These can come from sources like study aids (see our research guide on study aids), past exams (see our past exams online), or from the “Notes & Questions” in your casebook.
  • To incorporate elaboration as an active learning strategy, avoid using cut & paste for case briefing or blackletter law. Instead, focus on reformulating the holding of a case or the point of law into your own words as you add it to an outline.
  • Treat mistakes and set-backs as a normal part of active learning.
  • Don’t hesitate to seek help from your professor or from Academic Support.

See Jennifer M. Cooper & Regan A. R. Gurung, Smarter Law Study Habits: An Empirical Analysis of Law Learning Strategies and Relations with Law GPA, 44 Cap. U. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2016) full text available through SSRN.

Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Program Grant

photo of man taking photo on a streetThe Urban Communication Foundation invites proposals for a $10,000 grant to fund research, and the development of a white paper, on “an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy.”  This year, the UCF is particularly interested in proposals leading to a white paper on “ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level, can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage.”  The UCF envisions the final white paper to be 8,000-12,000 words, and present original research on the topic, as well as “aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researchers within an urban context….”  Proposals are limited to 1,000 words, and due by 11/11/17.  The UCF will make its funding decision by 12/31/17, and the final white paper must be completed by 11/1/18.  For additional information, see the UCF White Paper Proposal page.  The UCF is a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization that seeks to “promote research that enhances society’s understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment; encourage collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners, and policy makers; support diverse research strategies; and recognize noteworthy scholarship in all related domains.”

What Does That Abbreviation Mean?

Have you ever read a legal document and had trouble finding what the author’s abbreviation meant? Prince’s Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations probably has the answer.  Prince’s has thousands of abbreviations—so if you get stuck on the meaning of an abbreviation it should be a top resource to check.  Don’t know what Menz. Stands for? What about Idding? How about Neb. S.R.C.? (Menzie’s Cape of Good Hope Reports, Idding’s Term Reports (Dayton, Ohio), and Nebraska State Railway Commission respectively).

Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations assists in citing legal authorities according to the rules given in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. (2015). This title is a companion to The Bluebook but not a replacement.  Prince’s has both references to state court rules for citing cases and statutes, and examples of how to cite cases according to those rules.

New Look Bloomberg Law

If you haven’t signed into Bloomberg Law in a while you may want to take a look.  The research platform has a whole new look.  Don’t worry nothing is removed, in fact you may find some new resources!

If you are having any issues navigating, feel free to contact us in the law library.  Also, don’t forget you have 24/7 customer support from Bloomberg Law as part of your account: call (888) 560-2529 or email: blawhelp@bna.com.

Best of Luck on the Bar Exam: 5 Tips for the Last Few Days

The C|M|Law Library wishes all of our students the best of luck on next week’s Ohio Bar Exam.  We will still be here for your legal research needs as you begin your career.

Here are 5 tips for the last few days:

  1. Get some exercise–it is a good break and may help you fall asleep quicker;
  2. Watch a movie as a break–make it something lighthearted;
  3. Review what you know–don’t try to learn a whole new subject the last few days;
  4. Have a nice conversation with someone you know–probably want someone who won’t talk about the exam;
  5. Get everything you need for the exam together now so you aren’t doing it at the last minute.

Breathe!  You can do it!