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1Ls: The Library Can Help You Through Your First Year

1Ls will soon discover that law school classes are different than undergraduate classes.  In an undergraduate class, you typically have a textbook which sets out what you need to know in a fairly straightforward manner.  Law school classes use case books composed of judicial opinions.  It is up to you to read the cases, figure out the rule of law set forth in the case, and then arrange all the rules of law, from all the cases, into an outline (For more information on this—see yesterday’s post on How to Read a Legal Opinion).  At exam time, you apply your outline of the law to fact patterns written by your professor.

Study Aids (books and audio CDs) can help you identify the important points in a case, and synthesize the body of law.  Study aids contain discussions of the cases in your case book, outlines and sample exam questions.   You can check out study aids at the library!  Take a look at our Study Aids Guide or come to the circulation desk or research services office (LL112) to ask for help.   Study aids are in Room A066, (one level down from the first floor.  The first floor is the floor where you enter the library) and in reference on the 1st floor.  Digital study aids are available for some titles as well.

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) can be of great help to 1Ls as well.  CALI contains interactive lessons—over 1,000 of them covering all years of law school and most topics.  CALI access is free but you will need to sign up using the school’s authorization code.

The librarians can also help you with your legal research assignments.  We look forward to helping you this year!  Librarians are available during Research Services Hours and can be reached in person in LL112 by the circulation desk or by phone (216) 687-6877, email, or
chat .  For more in depth projects, you may want to schedule a research consultation.

For Our Students Set to Graduate This Semester

For those students who will graduate this semester—congratulations!  Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

Graduates will also be able to access Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext for 6 months after graduation.  If you have any questions on this, please direct them to Brian E. Cassidy, Electronic Services librarian at or 216-523-7364.  You will also still be able to access important databases, such as HeinOnline, and others from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you do come back to visit the law library you will be able to access our wireless using the free unsecured CSUGUEST network.

You will still be able to ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (, or by phone (216 687-6877).

Finally, we will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons will be available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge or any of our study rooms.

Best of luck in the future and stop in and say hi when you can!



Looking for a last minute 3-credit course?

Why not enroll in Advanced Research & Technology in 21st Century Law Practice LAW 677!

The course is mostly online (it only meets 4 times during the academic year) and the books are cheap.

You will get an advanced, in-depth view of legal resources and strategies for conducting efficient, cost-effective legal research. The course is taught in context with client simulations that will allow students to develop and execute research plans from client scenarios, simulated client case files and faux client interviews.

In addition, there will be a three-week introduction to law practice technology with guest speakers who are leaders in their fields including Chad Burton of the virtual Burton Law Firm, a practical view of data privacy from Paul Janowicz of Tucker Ellis and our own Brian Ray on e-Discovery.

Just take a look at what can happen if you submit incomplete research to a judge.  After this course, this won’t be you!

Summer Access to Westlaw, Bloomberg and Lexis

summerBloomberg and Lexis: You don’t have to register for summer access. Your law school ID will remain active all summer.

Westlaw:  requires that you extend your password for the summer to have full access to Westlaw. If you don’t extend your password, you will only have access to Westlaw for 10 hours in June and 10 hours in July.

Summer password extension is available only if a student has a permissible academic use for the password this summer (a summer associate position is not considered a permissible use). Permissible uses include:


  • Summer classes / study abroad
  • Law review and journal, including write-on competitions
  • Moot court
  • Research assistant positions
  • Unpaid internships / externships

Advanced Research & Technology Class Offered for Fall 2016

scalesLooking for a class to add to your schedule for Fall 2016?  Consider taking LAW 677 Advanced Research and Technology for the 21st Century.  In the 21st Century, legal research platforms and law practice technology are constantly changing and new attorneys must be able to keep up. In this course you will strengthen your understanding of the sources of law and learn advanced legal research skills, including techniques for using Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law and cost effective research strategies. You will also be introduced to methods of evaluating law office technology that enable attorneys to maintain time, and prepare discovery.

This is a hybrid course with most of the coursework to be completed online.  The course will be taught by Lauren M. Collins, the Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law.