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Bar Exam Tip: Keep Breathing

Image of e-reader displaying words "Don't Panic" The bar exam is next week and you have been studying hard all summer, well actually for your entire law school career. With all the studying and pressure, it’s still important to be aware of and to manage your stress level. Most people experience some nervousness when faced with a big exam, but for some, those nerves can be overwhelming.

If you are having feelings of dread, and physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating and dizziness, then you may be experiencing a more serious form of stress called test anxiety. For people with test anxiety, the mind sees an exam as a threat and that triggers the body to produce the hormones and physical reactions usually seen when your “fight or flight” response activates. Don’t worry, there are many strategies you can practice to help reduce these effects. For example, while studying make sure you are still getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and taking breaks. You can also find a few breathing and meditation techniques that help calm your mind. Those breathing techniques will be useful during the exam.

Breathing exercises are actually beneficial for everyone. Regardless of your stress level, the bar exam is lengthy and you may find yourself becoming fatigued, or freezing on a question. It’s important not to panic when that happens, and take a few deep breaths instead. This will help slow everything down and reset yourself. It won’t take up much time, and may actually save you time in the long run by helping you unfreeze and move on. You can try the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, or some Belly Breathing. Use your lunch break to walk around and try some stretches to release the tension from your neck, shoulders, and back.

Check out our Work-Life Balance Pinterest board for more tips on stress management, easy and healthy meals, and short exercise routines that fit into your busy schedule.

Good luck! You’ve got this!

1/24 Westlaw Refresher

image of superhero womanThe Westlaw Refresher Law Library Legal Research Seminar is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.

 

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • February 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Lexis Advance Refresher
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm-5pm – Bloomberg Law Refresher
  • February 14, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Spring 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars

image of superhero womanThere’s a lot of activity this semester, including the Law Library offering nine Legal Research Seminars.  These Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.

Also, remember, there’s a special prize opportunity this 2016-2017 academic year!

 

Key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is the complete list of Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • January 24, 4:30pm-5pm – Westlaw Refresher
  • February 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Lexis Advance Refresher
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm-5pm – Bloomberg Law Refresher
  • February 14, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Accessing Digital Study Aids

Screenshot of library homepage showing Study Aids link.It’s the beginning of a new semester and you have all new classes. Here is your friendly reminder that the Law Library offers a large number of ebook study aids and digital practice materials. The collection includes Gilbert’s, the Q&A series, Nutshells, and more. Each series offers study aids on a variety of legal topics, including your new classes. These digital resources are available via the Overdrive platform and can be accessed from anywhere. To access these materials, visit the Law Library homepage, click on the “Digital Study Aids” link under Quicklinks, then click on the “Overdrive platform” link. You will need to use your CSU login. The borrowing period for these materials is limited, but you can access them at home and they can be viewed on many different devices.

Need Help Researching for Your Paper?

At the beginning of the semester there is lots of activity in the library—especially for those students who are writing a paper for a class, seminar, competition, and/or journals and law review.

Don’t fret – the law library has you covered: we offer scheduled Research Consultations, and reference help (hours available) in person, via phone at 216-687-6877, by e-mail research.services@law.csuohio.edu, or via chat (access via link on the library home page).  Let us know what you need help with, and what you have already done and a librarian will assist with finding resources and information.  Most research consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length depending on need.

The library has several research guides designed to assist you in starting your research: Scholarly Writing, Scholarship Technology, Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals, Bluebooking and Legal Writing Software, Research Databases, and our Citation Checking guides.

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