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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.

Research Better with Our Updated Cost Effective Guide

Cost effective legal research is important to all attorneys, but especially to those in small firms and solo practices. Our newly updated Cost Effective Legal Research guide can help you learn effective research strategies and familiarize yourself with the best tools for cost savings. The guide covers basic strategies and guidelines for cost effective research, pricing models and research tips for the major databases, low cost alternative databases, and free online resources.



The Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Guide

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, hosts the annual Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, a hands-on, immersive summer program for law school students.  Students choose between two concentration streams – sports law and entertainment law.  To apply by June 30th, visit Case’s webpage.

The Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Guide is a handy companion to the academy, but also an invaluable tool for all students of various aspects of sports and entertainment law.  Users can find some interesting videos on the topics of sport and entertainment law and a sneak peak of what the academy is about.  The guide is a great place to find books in our collection on entertainment and sports law but also copyright, licensing, professional sports and economics as well as study aids.

Also covered in the guide are sections on legislation, regulations, blogs, and other websites related to sports and entertainment law, along with journals and databases related to the topics.

Free Online Research Tools:

Justia logo is an online legal resource portal that provides free case law, statutes, and regulations. The website also includes legal articles, blogs, social media databases, and attorney and legal aid directories. Justia’s stated mission is “to advance the availability of legal resources for the benefit of society.” Virtual Chase by Justia contains legal resource guides and information on locating law libraries, plus links to law library blogs and social media. Justia enables users to browse by legal practice area to access articles on numerous legal topics, with links to primary sources on that topic. Users may also browse by jurisdiction or type of primary source. Justia also has a collection covering Mexico, and Central and South America. This collection contains codes, constitutions, and law, but be aware that all documents are in Spanish.

For more free legal research sources, check out our Free Electronic Legal Research Guide.

Ebytes Recap: Foreign Law Guide

Did you miss our Ebytes session on the Foreign Law Guide on Monday?  No problem, here’s the information:

The Foreign Law Guide is a database of foreign law.  Included are:

  • Complete bibliographic citations to legislation,
  • English translations (if available), and
  • Selected references to secondary sources in one virtual destination.


The Foreign Law Guide covers 190 jurisdictions.  There is even a quick YouTube tutorial.

Don’t forget, we have more Ebytes sessions coming up and all who attend will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.  You just have to do a quick drop in session for 5 minutes in the learning commons from 12-2 on the below dates to be entered.

Here is the remaining Ebytes schedule for the semester:

  • 27 – ProQuest Congressional
  • 3 – Competitive Intelligence
  • 10 – IT session
  • 17 – Lexis Legal Issues Trail