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IT and Law Library Orientation Now Open for 1Ls

In conjunction with C|M|Law’s Jump Start program for students starting school in the fall, the Information Technology department and law library are offering orientation materials on a drop-in basis.

How it works:

  1. Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during normal hours.
  2. You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you a scavenger hunt handout and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The scavenger hunt takes 20-30 minutes and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  3. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  4. All students who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a contest for a $50 Amazon gift card; the drawing will be held during the first full week of classes.

New Safety App for CSU

 In case you missed it, the Cleveland State University Police Department announced this week that there is a new mobile safety app for the CSU community. As of July 1, 2018, Viking Shield is no longer supported and you should remove it from your mobile devices. The new app, Rave Guardian, is available for free through iTunes and Google Play. Use the app to quickly contact campus police, store emergency contact information, call for a safety escort, and more. If you find yourself staying late on campus to study for the bar or finish up your summer classes, please take advantage of this app.

More Tools to Improve Your Writing

Did you miss last week’s post about Grammarly? Here are two more editing tools that can improve your writing. Lawyers are often known for their verbose writing. That’s not necessarily a good thing. WordRake is a software add-on for Microsoft Word and Outlook that edits your documents for clarity. As the name implies, the program rakes through your document, eliminating unnecessary words and suggesting tighter, more cogent language. This program is subscription-based, but a free trial is available. You may also check out the WordRake blog and free writing tips.

Another option is PerfectIt by Intelligent Editing, a proofreading tool that checks your documents for abbreviations, style consistency, spelling, typos, lists, and tables. Specifically for legal writing, PerfectIt checks Bluebook citations, legal-specific typos, and terms of art. PerfectIt is also subscription-based and offers a free trial. You may find some helpful tips in the Legal Editing section of the Intelligent Editing blog.

Improve Your Writing Skills with Free Online Tool

grammarly logoIf your summer internship has highlighted the need to improve, or at least be more mindful of, your professional writing and communication skills, check out Grammarly. Powered by AI, Grammarly checks your writing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes. Featuring a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari, Grammarly will correct your writing in an email, social media posts, and other web content. You can also copy and paste text into Grammarly’s online grammar checker, or you may download Grammarly for Microsoft Office. In addition to correcting your mistakes, Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, helping you learn and improve. These tools are all free to use.  The Grammarly Handbook is also available for free and provides guidance on grammar and style. A Premium version is available, offering extra tools and features.

For other resources on writing, check out our two guides: Scholarly Writing Resource Guide and Scholarship Technology.

Space Law Resources at the Law Library

International Space Station orbiting EarthInterested in legal issues that are “out of this world?” (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

C|M|Law’s Global Space Law Center (GSLC), directed by Professor Mark Sundahl, is dedicated to the study of space law and training next-generation space lawyers. GSLC is the only law school center in the nation focused on the law of outer space. Space law is made up of a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. These documents address numerous issues such as settling disputes, liability for damages caused by space objects, preserving space and Earth environments, and the use of space-related technologies.

The GSLC offers an online summer class, Space Law: A Global View, covering a range of space-related topics including international treaties, domestic regulations of new space companies, jurisdiction issues, and asteroid mining. The GSLC also contains a Research Council that develops material to influence domestic and international regulations and legislation.

Are you taking the Space Law class this summer? The Law Library has numerous resources available such as The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration and The Handbook of Space Law. Journals on the topic include Air and Space Law and Journal of Space Law. Check out the Library’s Space Law Research Guide. Don’t forget, you can also schedule individual research consultations with a law librarian by contacting