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Information for Graduating Students

Congratulations!

Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

You still have access to important databases, such as HeinOnline and others, from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you return to the law library, you can access our wireless network, CSUGUEST.

You may still ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (research.services@law.csuohio.edu), or by phone (216 687-6877).

Bar Exam Prep:

We will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons are available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge, any of our study rooms, or the Learning Commons.

Bloomberg, Westlaw and Lexis Access:

  • Graduates can access Bloomberg Law automatically for 6 months unlimited after graduation.
  • You also have access to Westlaw for 60 hours of usage per month for six months to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. However, you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client. In addition, you get access to job-searching databases for 18 months after graduation for one hour per month. Extend access by logging onto lawschool.westlaw.com.
  • Continue to access Lexis Advance through the law school homepage until December 31, 2018. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Find helpful information for your job search, workplace etiquette, and professional development. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID, which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. You will need a letter on the non-profit’s letterhead confirming employment. Find out about both of these free programs at lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
  • If you have any questions, please direct them to Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Best of luck in the future, and stop in to say hi at any time! As always, let us know if you require assistance.

 

Earplugs for Studying Courtesy of CALI at Circulation Desk

Earplugs, donated by CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction), are available at the circulation desk. Ask a staff member for a pair.

Study Aids Available

Room A066 (on the Atrium level, one floor below the main level) is where you can find all of the study aids available in print and on CD for you to check out. Some of the most popular titles, which address many areas of law, include: Understanding, Q&A, Examples and Explanations, Sum and Substance, Nutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out, a copy may be available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor.

Law in a Flash flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk; they circulate for three days. Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.

 

Reminder: Study Aids Available

Room A066 (on the Atrium level, one floor below the main level) is where you can find all of the study aids available in print and on CD for you to check out. Some of the most popular titles, which address many areas of law, include: Understanding, Q&A, Examples and Explanations, Sum and Substance, Nutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out, don’t fret because we may have a copy available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor. Finally, there are also many study aids available online in our digital study aids collection—you don’t even have to be in the library to check those out!

CALI is a Great Help to Law Students

What is CALI? CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium that focuses on computer legal instruction. Most members are U.S. law schools.

Where can you get access to CALI? The easiest way is from the law library’s homepage; under “Quicklinks,” click CALI. To create a CALI login, click the link for “Authorization Code” under “Quicklinks” and follow the steps.

What can I use CALI for? 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 or author (professor). Searching by casebook assures that the lesson will be based on the same casebook used in your class.

CALI also offers a large number of free ebooks, which are authored by law school professors, including C|M|Law professors Deborah Geier and Browne Lewis.

Finally, CALI has a great search feature. The search box is located in the upper-right corner of the screen and will yield lessons, ebooks, and blog posts on the searched topic.