Inside Lawyering with Practising Law Institute

Practising Law Institute Discover PLUS (PLI) provides access to Treatises, Answer Books, Forms for standard US practice, Course Handbooks, and Transcripts.

The Transcripts from the PLI seminars are awesome!  They offer an inside view into how practitioners work with and advise clients.  The Transcripts are especially helpful for trying to understand an evolving area of law.

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PLI materials cover a range of practice areas, including Bankruptcy, Children’s Law, Corporate & Securities, Environmental, Municipal Law, and Tax.

This librarian has used PLI to guide faculty and students in a range of clinical and scholarly work.  It is uniquely helpful, for example, in learning how to customize derivatives contracts, manage IP assets, and secure a temporary restraining order in a domestic dispute.

For help using PLI, you can always stop by the Law Library Reference Office, or call us at 949.824.6746.  And, check out these PLI tutorials available on YouTube.

 

New on the shelves – January 2015

Our list of new books is now updated.

book coverIn January, the Law Library received books on intellectual property, immigration practice, international human rights, and legal writing, among many other topics.

One of our new books is The View from the Bench and Chambers: Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. From the publisher’s abstract:

“[The book combines] a series of quantitative analyses of judicial decisions with the perspectives gained from in-depth interviews with the judges and their law clerks.”

Check it out upstairs—shelved with other titles about U.S. appellate courts—in the Reading Room at KF 8750.B69 2014.

January can be a busy month as we process the end-of-year rush; this January we put over 150 new books and movies on the shelves. Other titles that might interest law students include:

  • Crude. 2009 documentary. The filmmakers call it “[a]n inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case.” KF 1298 .C78 2009
  • Redeeming the Dream: the Case for Marriage Equality. By Hollingsworth attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson. KF 228.H645 B65 2014
  • Beginner’s Guide to Public Housing Conversion under RAD. Published by the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing. KF 5729 .M33 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.

Take an Information Frolic with The New Yorker

The Law Library now subscribes to The Economist, The New Yorker, Time, and The Atlantic.

These magazines are available next to the iPad in the Library Reading Room.  The librarians invite you to take an information frolic to enjoy some popular reading.

This light readinglibrarian just stopped to read The Atlantic, where I learned that the avocado is mostly an invention of marketing.  Or at least the success of this fruit in America arises from strong product promotion!  On my information frolic, I learned that the avocado was once known as the “alligator pear”!

I also stopped to laugh over some cartoons in latest The New Yorker, and admire the cover, which is a sassy image of Kim Jong-un at the Oscars!  Enjoy!

 

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