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

Archive for July, 2018


Still Time to Get Some Pleasure Reading In

Most law students don’t get to do a lot of pleasure reading during the semester, but there is still time to get some in before the start of fall semester. The law library has law-related books, movies, and documentaries, which are located on the 1st floor to the left near the reference section (DVDs can be checked out for one week and renewed online).

Also, don’t forget that plenty of fiction and other materials are available through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio. SearchOhio is the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon on the upper right of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as an OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.

Divorce, Family Law, and Many Other Self-Help Titles Available

Did you know that we have a selection of ‘law for laypeople’ books? Searching NOLO law for all as a series in our catalog will provide a list of all the titles we currently have. The books are located in the reference section.

Family law and divorce are some of the most requested research areas for self-represented litigants. NOLO titles of note include Represent Yourself in Court, along with five titles related to divorce and family law: NOLO’s Essential Guide to Divorce, Divorce Without Court, Divorce After 50, Building a Parenting Agreement that Works, NOLO’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support.

Although these books are designed for non-lawyers, law students and practitioners will find that they are packed with useful information, especially when new to a particular area of law.

Don’t Forget CALI

CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium that focuses on computer legal instruction. CALI is best known for its lessons and tutorials, along with the CALI Awards (officially CALI Excellence for the Future Awards). Almost all U.S. law schools are members of the CALI consortium.

CALI has a lot to offer. Use the search box in the upper-right corner of the screen to explore a particular topic. For example, searching the word “offer” yields hits for not only lessons but also from CALI’s blog, podcast, and case correlations. Also, all 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons as are the vast majority of upper-level ones. You can also search for lessons based on a casebook; searching by casebook assures that the lesson is based on the same casebook used in your class.

The easiest way to access CALI is from the law library’s homepage. It is located under “Quicklinks” –> CALI. If you haven’t already done so, you must create your own login by clicking the link for “Authorization Code” under “Quicklinks” and following the steps.

CALI Time Trial is another feature you can access once signed into CALI. It is a fun, interactive online card game that will increase your U.S. Supreme Court knowledge.

As always, if you have questions regarding CALI, your friendly C|M|Law librarians are here to help.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars: Now Available!

digital logo featuring three point shield and lady justiceAvoid the heat and humidity and chill in the air conditioning while brushing up your legal research skills! Law Library Legal Research Seminars are now available via the Westlaw TWEN platform. To access, visit the TWEN page, click “Add Course” and scroll to locate “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars.” The Seminars were temporarily unavailable for some updating, but have been reactivated. Apologies for any confusion. For more information about the Seminars, check out this post from last month.

What Kind of Computer for Law School?

Wondering what kind of computer you will need for law school? You will need a laptop that meets the requirements for software used by our school, Exam 4.

For more information about Exam 4, go to Exams on Computer FAQ.

Discounts for computers are available via Cleveland State University. Also note that Cleveland State University students can install a free copy of Microsoft Office on up to five computers.