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

Advice from the Real World

The Three Geeks and a Law Blog’s latest ” Elephant Post: What Would You Tell a Law Student Before They Enter the ‘Real World’? “ summarizes responses to that question from practitioners, law firm managers and support staff.  Among the key points:

  • Take a clinic
  • Develop contacts and relationships now: your fellow law students will be your colleagues in the practice world
  • Take the initiative to ask for feedback
  • You are marketing yourself now: Rethink your Facebook photos and posts, get onto Linkedin
  • Lexis and Westlaw are NOT FREE (where have you heard that before?) – learn to search efficiently

The Law Library is happy to help you with that last point:  See our Cost Effective Legal Research Guide, sign up for a Research Certificate Seminar, or set up an appointment for a research consultation.

Fall 2010 Semester Research Certificate Seminars

image of "research" word in dictionaryThe Law Library is pleased to present its Research Certificate Seminars this Fall Semester 2010 for your learning pleasure.   All of the Seminars will take place on Thursdays, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Room A059, in the Law Library.   To register for a Seminar, please contact Laura Ray, Educational Programming Librarian, 216-687-6880,

Here is the complete listing of Fall Semester 2010 Seminar dates, topics, and registration deadlines:
*September 30th — Scholarly Writing — register by September 28th
*October 14th — Ohio Legal Research — register by October 12th
*October 28th — WestlawNext — register by October 26th
*November 4th — Research Strategies — register by November 2nd
*November 11th — Health Law Research — register by November 9th

Seminar attendance is limited to 20 students, so make your reservations as soon as possible.   Attendees of each Seminar will earn 25 points toward a Law Library Research Certificate.  Certificates will be awarded to students with 100 Seminar points.

Research Certificate Seminars discuss research materials and resources critical to successful legal practice and scholarly writing, as well as focus on research skills law firms and courts are seeking when hiring associates and clerks.   Presented by our team of research librarians, the Seminars offer a unique forum for students to learn more about specific research topics.

For additional information on the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars, please contact Laura Ray, Educational Programming Librarian, 216-687-6880,

Ohio Legal Research Class – Earn Research Certificate Seminar Points

Woman researching on laptopC|M| Law students, remember the Ohio Legal Research Distance Learning TWEN-based class offered Spring Semester 2010?  The class has just been made available this Summer Semester, and students who successfully complete it can earn up to 50 points toward a Law Library Research Certificate.

Class units are:  1. Secondary Sources, 2. Statutes, 3. Administrative Code and 4. Case Law and Administrative Decisions.  Each unit has a quiz.  Some questions test whether one has viewed unit materials, and others are short research questions.  The entire class will take approximately 2 hours, and does not have to be completed in one sitting.  You can earn 25 Research Certificate points by successfully completing units 1 & 2, and another 25 points by successfully completing units 3 &4.  The class quizzes must by completed by 11:59pm Wednesday, July 14th.

To take the Ohio Legal Research Distance Learning 2 class:

  • Sign on to Westlaw
  • Click on the TWEN link (within the top navigation menu)
  • Click on the orange “Add Course” button
  • Click the box next to “Ohio Legal Research Distance Learning 2”
  • Scroll down and click on the “Submit” button
  • The class will then appear in the “My Courses” list when you sign on to TWEN.  Click on the class title – “Ohio Legal Research Distance Learning 2” – to access it.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Sue Altmeyer (, Kevin Garewal (, or Jan Novak (  Also, please feel free to come to the Law Library and ask us questions about the class.

Lexis Certification now More Relevant to Employers

Employers wanted Lexis to improve its certification program and Lexis listened.  Lexis conducted surveys to see what employers wanted law students to know.  Then Lexis created two classes which students must take to be certified, containing the items employers find important.  Topics covered include starting with secondary sources, statutory research, administrative law and efficient research.

Once a student takes the two classes, they may take a national exam online and become certified.   There is a national registry that employers can use to check on a student’s certification.

Our Lexis rep, Jennifer Durkin, has classes scheduled in Room 237 at noon and will also be available in the computer lab in the coming weeks to assist you.  For dates and times, go to, and click on MySchool.

Don’t forget about our Library Research Certificate , which also looks great on a resume.    We have an Ohio Legal Research Distance Learning Class available currently.  You can earn 25 legal research certificate points for completing the first half of the lesson and and 25 points for the second half.  The entire lesson takes 2 hours or less to complete.  We also have Lexis and Westlaw Refreshers Classes available, April 6th & 7th, 4:50-5:50 pm.  You can earn 25 points by attending a Refreshers class.  Contact Laura Ray,  216-687-6880, to sign up for a Lexis/Westlaw refresher.