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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.

Special Focus Collections on LLMC Digital

LLMC Digital is a is a non-profit cooperative of libraries dedicated to the twin goals of preserving legal titles and government documents while making copies inexpensively available digitally through its online service.

The LLMC Digital Special Focus Collections has tons of interesting and unique information grouped into twenty databases. Doing research on Ancient Roman Law? There are almost forty treatises available on that topic. Other notable databases in the collection include the Yale Blackstone Collection, Islamic Law, Canon Law, and the Native American Collection.

The above links to LLMC Digital can also be found in our list of law databases.



Cool Tools Spotlight: Hypothesis

Red word balloon with a white lower-case H, the Hypothesis logo. Looking for another way to organize online research or collaborate with other researchers? Check out Hypothesis, a web annotation tool. Instead of bothering with printing, converting file types, or trying to copy and paste text from websites in order to make your annotations, just use this browser add-on. Hypothesis is an open-source (free!) browser add-on that enables users to annotate webpages and online PDFs directly in their browser. Annotations are saved and can be made private or shared publicly to facilitate discussions. Users can tag notations for easier searching and collaboration. Hypothesis has mainly been used among science researchers, but it can be used by anyone on any website. Website developers can also add the tool to their site.

Global Legal Hackathon 2019

Earth in space, with lines over it symbolizing technology network In case you missed it, round one of the Global Legal Hackathon began on February 22, 2019. Approximately 6,000 participants met in 46 host cities around the world to spend the weekend developing innovative solutions for the legal industry. The Global Legal Hackathon is a nonprofit organization that brings together people from law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and legal industry service providers, to create and use technology to improve the legal industry. Working in teams, participants developed and pitched ideas for solutions in one of two categories: private sector business and practice of law, or public government, legal systems, and access to justice. Winners from the first round from each host city are listed here. The next round begins on March 25, and the final round will occur in May. Follow the action by signing up with your email address, or follow #GLH2019 and @worldhackathon on Twitter.

Productivity Apps to Help You Stay Organized This Semester

 Many students (and let’s be honest, faculty and staff) often resolve at the beginning of every semester that this semester will be different, we will be more organized, we will stay on task, we will not procrastinate. With these ambitious resolutions in mind, here are a few apps to help us stay on track.

Wunderlist is a free app that is available across all major devices, letting you track lists, plan events and projects, set reminders, and collaborate with others.

Trello uses boards and cards to manage everything from short to-do lists to complex projects. Trello has collaborative features and can also integrate third-party services like Evernote and Slack.

Evernote helps you capture ideas, to-do lists, photos, screenshots, links, and project planning. You can also set reminders, work across devices, and collaborate.

Many other apps are out there and several tech blogs provide reviews, for example Techradar and Tom’s Guide.

On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer to plan in hard copy, you may want to try the Bullet Journal method. The creator of the Bullet Journal maintains this site about it, but numerous other blogs exist detailing different styles from more minimal journals, to the very artistic. The important thing is to find what works for you.