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Archive for November 21st, 2011

More Bluebook Tips from BLSA Review Session

image of frustrated man with booksThe goal of citation is to enable the reader to find the source you’re citing.  For academic legal citation, you also need to conform to The Bluebook.  There’s no magic bullet for using The Bluebook.  You just have to dig in there and find the right rule and the right preferred source for the type of authority, as well as the right abbreviations, typeface, and capitalization.  Using The Bluebook means going back and forth between the Rules and Tables.  Rules 1-9 concern general citation and style rules, such as typeface, short citations, abbreviations, and capitalization.  Rules 10-21 concern specific kinds of authority, such as cases and periodical materials.  Tables 1-4 tell you the preferred sources for types of authority for U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, intergovernmental organizations, and treaties.  Tables 5-16 tell you abbreviations for arbitral reporters (such as Arbitration Materials), case names and institutional authors, court names, explanatory phrases, legislative documents, geographical terms (such as Ohio), judges and officials, months, periodicals, publishing terms (such as volume), services (such as The United States Law Week), and subdivisions (such as paragraph).  For more information on effectively using The Bluebook, take a look at the Law Library’s Citation Checking guide.


Students: Four Free Tickets to Guardian Ad Litem Holiday GAL-A

I have four tickets to give to C|M|LAW students to the Guardian Ad Litem Project‘s  Holiday GAL-A, Friday, December 2, 2011, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  It is a fun event, and a great way to network and find out about Guardian Ad Litem work.  The tickets are courtesy of C|M|LAW Alumni Anne McFarland.  The event is at John Q’s and they will have some fabulous hors d’oeuvres.

More information on the GAL-A.

Stop by the information services desk in the library if you are interested.

Exam Taking Tips

The law library’s guide Preparing for Law School Exams lists books on exam taking, such as Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win / by Charles R. Calleros KF283 .C35 2007.  The guide tells you how to find study aids and other resources and has links to useful articles.  Some good concise articles include C|M|Law Professor Deborah Geier’s Exam Taking Tips and  Professor Karin Mika’s “How to approach and organize law school exam writing” (12/09 The Gavel, page 3).

There is an online outline of study tips on the 1,000 days to the Bar site.  The outline is being populated with useful study tips from the Law School Academic Support Blog.

And of course, don’t forget about the library’s  Past Exams database – actual exams from C|M|LAW faculty.