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

Archive for August, 2019


Fall Semester Hours

Fall Semester Hours (starts Sunday, August 25)

  • Monday-Thursday: 7am-11pm
  • Friday: 7am-8pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday: 9am-11pm

Exceptions: Closed

  • Monday, Sept. 2: Closed (Labor Day)
  • Monday, Nov. 11: Closed (Veterans Day)
  • Thursday, Nov. 22: Closed (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, Nov. 23: Closed (Thanksgiving)

How to Read a Legal Opinion

Orin S. Kerr has written the perfect short essay for new law students: How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students (there are links to download the article or open in a PDF on the page). This article, originally published in 2007, has been updated and is still of great use to new law students. New students have a lot to learn regarding the Socratic Method and preparing to be called on in class. Kerr’s article helps by showing the structure of judicial opinions and what to look out for when reading them.

Recycle Your Batteries in the Law Library

Go green with your batteries! Numerous kinds of batteries can be recycled in the law library using the recycling container located on the main floor near the restrooms. Acceptable batteries include: alkaline, lithium-ion, nickel cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, nickel zinc, lithium primary, carbon zinc, button and coin cell batteries, laptop batteries, all rechargeable batteries, and all cellphones.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

digital logo featuring three point shield and lady justiceLaw Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as administrative law.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  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 Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Reminder: Law Library and IT Orientation for Incoming Students Must be Completed This Week

Library and Information Technology (IT) Orientation is now open and available for all new students. Stop by the reference office in Room 112 of the law library to get started and speak with the librarian on duty. Reference librarians are available Monday-Thursday from 9am – 10pm and Friday 9am-7pm.

You will receive your IT credentials and a law library orientation sheet, which will be used to familiarize you with the law library. When the orientation sheet is turned in, you will receive registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and CALI. You will also receive information about our legal research seminars, CSU PIN creation, and Scholar, the library’s online catalog.