News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Ravel and Fastcase Research Certificate Seminar Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, March 8th –  from 4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Law Library 212

Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.

Fastcase is available in the law library and law building.  You can access this next-generation legal research service here.

Fastcase provides comprehensive legal research services.  Using Fastcase, you can search through federal and state laws, regulations, cases, Attorney General opinions, HeinOnline law reviews, filings, court rules, constitutions, and selected newspapers.

Ravel is a new startup electronic legal research platform.  What makes this product different from other legal information providers is its uses of analytics technology to help add value to a search by identifying, contextualizing and interpreting legal information and cutting down search time.  Interested in giving the product a whirl?  Click [here] to sign up for a free student account using your .edu e-mail.

Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Spring 2016 semester:

  • You do not need to register in order to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We will take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • We are offering a few 30-minute very focused Seminars, but most will be 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, as well as key research strategies and resources for students planning on working this semester or during the 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.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2016 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • March 8th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.
  • Thursday, March 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Refresher –  This Seminar will help get you back up to speed in these commonly assigned legal research project areas.
  • March 29th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Ohio Legal Research for Your Summer Associate Experience –  This Seminar will discuss strategies and resources in Ohio legal research to help you ace your legal research projects.

Loislaw No Longer Available

It is with regret that we wish to inform our patrons that Loislaw has informed us they are no longer offering the service. We have taken the link off our homepage and will update our research guides to reflect this.

Remember though that you still have access to fastcase and other research databases via the library.

All About Research Databases

Researching any area of law thoroughly means looking beyond just the usual Lexis or Westlaw. As a CSU student, you have access to a whole array of databases that cover legal specialties as well as inter-disciplinary subjects. For law databases, have a look at our Research Databases guide, which points you toward subject specialties like tax and accounting, securities, legislative history, and labor and employment. Many of these specialty databases are part of HeinOnline or Bloomberg BNA. For non-law databases, have a look at the Research Databases by Subject listing from the Michael Schwartz Library. Some interdisciplinary databases relevant to legal research include political science, health sciences, business, education, and economics.

Loislaw is Here!

loislawCleveland-Marshall Law Library is pleased to announce the availability of the Loislaw legal research platform to our students and staff. Public patrons can also access the database in the library.

Loislaw.com provides comprehensive, easy-to-use legal and related information. Loislaw markets themselves as a lower cost alternative to other legal research platforms. This coincides nicely with CM’s new solo practice incubator.

To access Loislaw visit the law library’s webpage, and click on Loislaw under the “Quick Links” section.  If you are off campus you will need to log in using your  CM ID and PW.

Fastcase Now Available!

fastcaseFastcase is now available in the law library and lawbuilding.  You can access this next-generation legal research service here.

Fastcase provides comprehensive legal research services.  Using Fastcase, you can search through federal and state laws, regulations, cases, Attorney General opinions, HeinOnline law reviews, filings, court rules, constitutions, and selected newspapers.

Fastcase’s case law search offers an Interactive Timeline that allows you to view all the search results on a single map.  This illustrates how the results occur over time, how relevant each case is based on the search terms, how may times each case has been cited “generally” by all other cases, and how many times each case has been cited only by the very relevant cases within the search results.

The version of Fastcase available in the law library and law building is very comprehensive, but you can also access a free version of Fastcase on your computer, iPad or iPhone when you are not at school.  Just go here and create a username and password for free!

Fastcase (law school and library only)