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Archive for March, 2016

Apps to Help You Study

It seems that spring has finally arrived. It’s time for sunnier weather and baseball, but also those dreaded final exams. If you’re already feeling burned out, you may want to try a new approach to refresh your study habits.

First, check out our Study Aid Guide. CALI Lessons and Digital Study Aid eBooks are available with your log-in and can be accessed from anywhere.

Next, if you are looking for something a little more mobile, there are many apps available for smartphones and tablets.

Free Flashcard Apps: Both of these apps are free and allow you to create your own sets of digital flashcards on your phone, instead of carrying around stacks of 300 index cards. These apps also let you browse and download existing sets from other users (use caution here, not all content may be accurate).

Fee-based Apps:
Law Dojo  – Currently available for iOS, features a variety of games to test your legal knowledge, prices vary by topic but generally less than $5.

Law in a Flash sets from Wolters Kluwer are now available in app form, check GooglePlay or the iTunes store for the topics you need. Prices vary, usually around $20 per topic.

LexisNexis Law School Q&A Series is also now available as an app, in both the GooglePlay and iTunes stores. The app includes 39 legal subject areas, each costing about $20.

Are you an auditory learner? Try Study Songs available for iOS. This app features key legal concepts for the MBE, set to music. The app is free and includes 3 free tracks, then users can select additional tracks for $2.99 each.

If you are looking for other law school-related apps, don’t forget about our Mobile Apps for Law Students Guide.

Updates to Leadership Law Products

Hopefully you aware of the law library’s subscription to Leadership Law products. We have access to the following Leadership Directories: Federal Premium and Law Premium. The directories can be accessed in the law school or library and also off campus (with CSU ID and Scholar Pin for law students and law faculty).

The Federal Premium Leadership Directory is a directory of federal government employees. Users can search for individuals or agencies, departments, bureaus and programs. You can also view organizational charts. The Directory also contains a handy acronym guide which is very useful when researching the Federal government.

The Law Premium Leadership Directory is a directory of law firms, courts, government agencies and lobbyists. Besides searching for individuals and firms, users can browse by specialty, and law school alma mater.

Last week the product development team at Leadership Directories released an upgrade. The improvements are focused on the various search options in the products and include both functionality and design enhancements.

Below are highlights of the changes:

⇒ Upgraded Keyword Search Functionality

When you enter keywords that match the names of both people and organizations, you will now see results for both immediately on screen, without the need to scroll. Buttons to see more or fewer results for each help you quickly access the information you’re looking for.

⇒ Build a List & Advanced Search: Design Enhancements

All search screen and pop-up designs were enhanced to be more streamlined, simplified, and modern. In addition, certain Build a List pop-ups, such as Stock Exchange, Career, and Outside Affiliations, also received custom redesigns that make it easier for you to find and select criteria.

⇒ Build a List & Advanced Search: New Buttons for Advancing Through Results

With so many available search criteria within each index, sometimes you need to search before you search. The new navigation through available search criteria makes this easier.

As always, if you have any questions regarding these products your friendly law librarians are here to help.

Take the Pledge and You Could get a $1000 Scholarship

money bagIn order to help make law education more affordable and to help spread awareness about Driving Under the Influence and Distracted Driving, the Arizona law firm of Cantor Crane is offering a $1,000 law student scholarship to help current, or soon-to-be, law students ease the burden of higher education costs. Cantor Crane specializes in personal injury law.

3/29/16 Ohio Legal Research Seminar

photo of Ohio flagThe Ohio Legal Research for Your Summer Associate Experience Law Library Research Certificate Seminar is tomorrow, March 29th, 4:50pm-5:50pm in Law Library Room 212 (2nd floor, north end of Library).  We will discuss strategies and resources in Ohio legal research to help you ace your legal research work projects.  We will cover Ohio Citation Format, Court Structure, Dockets, Forms, Administrative Law, and Legislative History.  Bring your laptop of IPad to connect to resources as we discuss them, and get the most out of this Seminar.

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

  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!
  • 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 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.]

The last in-person Spring 2016 semester Seminar will be:

  • April 5th –  4:30pm-5:45pm –  LB60 –  Getting Ready to Clerk –  This Seminar is a joint program with the C|M|LAW Office of Career Planning.  After a review of Law Library resources and professionalism issues, legal practitioners will discuss the types of projects to expect, how projects are typically assigned, the type of feedback to expect, as well as overall tips and advice on how to best approach your work.

Also, look for news on electronically available Seminars soon.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,

FDA Guidance on Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Medications

photo of Bayer Heroin bottleThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft guidance that “recommends studies, including comparative in vitro studies, which should be conducted to demonstrate that a proposed generic solid oral opioid drug product is no less abuse-deterrent than its reference listed drug.” This guidance is part of the objective to “expand access to abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) to discourage abuse” within the FDA Opioids Action Plan “to take concrete steps toward reducing the impact of opioid abuse on American families and communities.” While ADFs do not make a drug product impossible to abuse or prevent addiction, overdose or death, ADFs “make certain types of abuse, such as crushing a tablet in order to snort the contents or dissolving a capsule in order to inject its contents, more difficult or less rewarding.” Comments on the draft guidance are encouraged to be submitted by 24 May 2016, and the FDA will hold a public meeting later in 2016 to “discuss further the evaluation of the abuse deterrence of generic opioid drug products and related issues.” For additional information, see the 3/24/16 FDA news release, and the notice of availability published at 81 Fed. Reg. 16186, 3/25/16.