New on the shelves – December 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

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In December, the Law Library received books on legal careers, trial practice, international law, and the WTO, among other topics.

One of our new books is Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism, by Roger Douglas. Published by University of Michigan Press, the book:

“compares responses to terrorism by five liberal democracies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand—over the past 15 years. [It also] examines each nation’s development and implementation of counterterrorism law, specifically in the areas of information-gathering, the definition of terrorist offenses, due process for the accused, detention, and torture and other forms of coercive questioning.”

Check it out downstairs in the Stacks at K 5256 .D68 2014.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Heat over the weekend

Lap blankets: ask at the Service Counter.

Lap blankets: ask at the Service Counter.

It might get chillier than normal in Law Library this weekend because of a problem with the building’s heating system. The campus HVAC team is working on the issue.

If you’d like to use one of the cozy Law Library lap blankets, come to the Service Counter. You don’t have to check one out – just ask, and then use it in the Law Library as long as you need it.

 

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Congratulations to UCI Law 1Ls for finishing your first term of law school!

You have successfully made the transition to thinking like a lawyer.  From now on, law school will be busy and (at times) stressful – but never as hard as your first classes!

Your first class as a seasoned law student is Legal Research (Intersession).

This class will run from Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9, and will include a pre-class assignment (due by 11.59 p.m. on January 4) and a final assignment (due by 11.59 p.m. on January 30).

The class is designed to prepare you to take on the research assignments typically encountered at school and in the workplace.  Concepts will build on those introduced in your first semester of Lawyering Skills.

Before the first class, you will need to login to TWEN, and

  1. Read the syllabus.
  2. Complete Class 1 Reading.
  3. Complete a Pre-Class multiple choice assignment.

The Pre-Class assignment is located in the Homework Drop Box.  You will need to use your Student Paper Number as your TWEN Anonymous ID.  Access your anonymous Student Paper Number through MyCourses, http://apps.law.uci.edu/mycourses/

The Pre-Class assignment is five questions, and worth 5% of your course grade.  You will have one hour to complete the five questions from the time of starting.

The law librarians are very excited about this class, and look forward to working with each of you to further develop your legal research skills.   We have made every effort to integrate our course learning goals with the law school curriculum, and to ensure a positive student experience!

Send pre-class questions to your course instructor or to Lisa at Ljunghahn@law.uci.edu.

New on the shelves – November 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

In November, the Law Library received books on international environmental law, family law, legal careers, and immigration, among other topics.

One of our new books is an updated edition of The VAWA Manual : Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants from the ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center). Check it out in the Reading Room at KF 4819 .A72 2014.

This title is highlighted in our research guide for law students in the Domestic Violence Clinic, as are many other ILRC titles.  Looking for more ILRC books? Search our catalog for “Immigrant Legal Resource Center.”

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Hours – December and January

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Our hours are different in December and early January because of Reading & Exam period and Winter Break. Check our up-to-date calendar: Law Library Hours.

Our visitor policy is also different during the Reading & Exam period so that our space is conducive to study. During that time — Dec 1 through Dec 18 — only UCI Law students and UCI faculty and staff can use the Law Library.

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

Check out a Movie from the Library!

Ready for the Thanksgiving and Winter Break? Check out a Movie from the Library!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, football and law-themed movies. Likewise, winter break is a time to unwind from exams and engage with the law through film!

Good news!  The Law Library has a robust law movie collection, including most of those on the ABA list of top 25 Greatest Legal Movies.

film reelThe Library can’t compete with streaming Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, but we can provide you with a curated library of films to help you on your way to becoming a great lawyer!

Browse the movie collection in the catalog here, and stop in to check one out from the Library.

Some movies are serious, like Crime after Crime, the story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.

Others are more for fun, like Legally Blonde, the story of a California sorority queen who attends law school in the Northeast, and is able to succeed with major style!

And, of course, we have the all-time top ranking film for lawyers: To Kill a Mockingbird.

The story is based on the Harper Lee novel and takes place in a small town in Alabama during the Depression-era.  It involves a southern lawyer (played by Gregory Peck) who defends a black man (wrongly and for-prejudice) accused of rape.

It’s a great story and a great movie.  I would especially recommend it for anyone hoping to be the kind of lawyer that works for a more fair and inclusive society!

For other must-sees for the law student, check out:

New on the shelves – October 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

In October, the Law Library received books on legal careers, environmental law, international human rights, and international IP, among other topics.

cover-case-againstOne of our new books is The Case Against the Supreme Court, by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Related interviews and book reviews are highlighted in several 2014 items from UCI Law in the News. Law Library copies are shelved upstairs in the Faculty Display at KF 9742 .C46 2014.

Looking for other books by law faculty? They are are all tagged in our catalog with “UCI School of Law faculty publication.”

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.