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Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Always Available for You!

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – [10:48 mins; 12.5 points] – Leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • KeyCite – [10:16 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red flag different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Westlaw citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Lexis Advance Overview – [21:11 mins; 12.5 points] – One more time, leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – [11:54 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow triangle, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Lexis Advance citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Learn the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – [29:59 mins; 25 points] Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

The Dr. Sam Sheppard Case Collection

In 2012, William Mason, then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, designated the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University as the repository for records and other materials relating to the Dr. Sam Sheppard case. The material in the Sam Sheppard collection consists of over 50 boxes of photographs, recordings and trial exhibits.

Since July 1, 2014, tens of thousands of documents have been downloaded. People from all 50 states and over 100 countries have accessed the website. Kudos to C|M|Law Library’s Technical Services Department for their continuing hard work in making this collection accessible.

Background on the Sheppard cases:

Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted in 1954 of the murder of his pregnant wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard, at their Bay Village, Ohio home. He spent almost a decade in prison before a retrial was ordered, where he was acquitted in 1966. He maintained his innocence in the murder until his death in 1970.

The murder of Marilyn Sheppard and the controversial trial of Sam Sheppard in 1954 drew widespread national attention from the media, creating what the U.S. Supreme Court later described as a “carnival atmosphere” that denied Sheppard his right to due process.

In 2000, Sheppard’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard, who was seven at the time of his mother’s murder, sued the state of Ohio for his father’s alleged wrongful imprisonment. After a ten-week trial, a civil jury returned a unanimous verdict that Sam Reese Sheppard had failed to prove his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.

An article from (2015) highlights the law library’s Sam Sheppard collection. The law library’s Director, Lauren Collins, is quoted throughout the article.

Library and University Closed for Memorial Day

The Law Library and Cleveland State University will be closed on Monday May 28. 2018 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Library Closed This Weekend, Summer Hours Begin Monday

The law library is closed this weekend for the end of the intersession period.  Below are our hours starting Monday, May 21.

Summer Semester (Starts May 21)

Monday-Thursday 7am-10pm
Friday 7am-8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-8pm
*Monday, May 28 Closed
*Wednesday, July 4 Closed

Even in the Summer…Your Law Library is Here for You

If you are taking classes or even if you have a summer assignment that you need assistance with, we are here for you!

Contact our reference staff at:

(216) 687-6877

Also, be sure to check our hours page because our summer hours differ from Fall and Spring semesters.