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Faculty Bar Subject Presentations for C|M|Law Students

image of C|M|Law flagC|M|Law faculty are providing ten free bar subject presentations for our recent graduates now studying for the July bar exam.  The hour-long presentations will take place 10am-3pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 & 10, in Room 237, and refreshments will be provided.  Faculty will discuss the bar subjects they teach, and answer questions.  Here are the schedules:

Tuesday, July 9:

  • 10am – Evidence – Stephen Lazarus
  • 11am – Wills & Intestacy – John Plecnik
  • 12noon – Secured Transactions – Mark Sundahl
  • 1pm – Criminal Law – Patti Falk
  • 2pm – Commercial Law – Mark Sundahl

Wednesday, July 10:

  • 10am – Corporations – Chris Sagers
  • 11am – Criminal Procedure – Jonathon Witmer-Rich
  • 12noon – Civil Procedure – Kevin O’Neill
  • 1pm – Estates & Future Interests – Heidi Robertson
  • 2pm – First Amendment – Kevin O’Neill

Contact Mary Jane McGinty for more information.


MPT Workshops for C|M|Law Students

image of C|M|Law flagC|M|Law provides free Multistate Performance Test (MPT) workshops for our recent graduates now studying for the July bar exam.  The workshops take place 1pm-3pm, Tuesdays, June 4-25, in Room 237, and lunch is provided.  The weekly workshops provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for approaching the MPT, and participants take practice MPTS.  Practice MPTS are scored with the official point sheet used by bar graders, and each participant receives individual feedback with suggestions for improving his/her score.  Simulated MPTS will be given on June 11 & 18.  If you are not able to physically attend the MPT workshops, you can still take the practice MPTs and receive feedback via email.  Contact Mary Jane McGinty for more information.

Need Help with a Paper? Librarian Research Consultations Available

If you need help with a paper, the law library offers scheduled Research Consultations. Let us know what you have already completed and what areas you need help with, and a librarian will assist with finding resources and information. Most research consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length, depending on need.

The library has several research guides designed to assist you in starting your research: Scholarly Writing, Scholarship Technology, Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals, Bluebooking and Legal Writing Software, Research Databases, and Citation Checking.

Finally, reference help is available in person or via phone at 216-687-6877 from 9am-7pm M-Th and until 5pm on Friday (when classes are in session in the summer), by e-mail at, or via chat (link on library home page).

Even in the Summer…Your Law Library is Here for You

If you are taking classes or have a summer assignment that you need assistance with, we are here for you!

Contact our reference staff at:


Be sure to check our hours, because summer hours differ from Fall and Spring semesters.

Take a Study Break With a Law-Related Movie

With the semester winding down, you may need to take a study break! The Law Library has law-related movies documentaries for checkout, which are located to the left of the entrance (upon entering), by the reference section. The videos can be checked out for a week but can be renewed online or by asking at the desk.

Many other materials are also available through the law library’s catalogs: Scholar, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  SearchOhio is great for requesting pleasure reading and videos. For those unfamiliar with SearchOhio, think of it as the public library’s version of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available in 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 any OhioLINK item would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.