Legal Research in Practice – Mon. 5/9

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Monday May 9.
9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in MPAA 420.
Select two sessions and get practical tips on research and job success in different jurisdictions and settings. RSVP by filling out our online form.

Session 1 – 60 minutes (choose one)

  • California research
  • Federal research
  • Policy research

Break – coffee & cookies

Session 2 – 60 minutes (choose one)

  • Working for a judge
  • Working for an attorney


  • Law students who attend both sessions will have a chance to win an iPad!

Can’t make it? Want to go to more than one? Look out for a follow-up email with links to online documentation.

Celebration of Books – Tues. 3/22

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Dean Chemerinsky at the 2015 celebration.

The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Seventh Annual Celebration of Books.  Join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from March 2015 through March 2016.

  • 10:00 am: Coffee and pastries will be offered in the Library vestibule.
  • 10:15 am: The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin.

This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professors Michele Goodwin, Rick Hasen, and Christopher Whytock.

20-Minute Training – Dockets – Thu. 2/18

blaw-dockets12:00 to 12:20 pm (or later) in Law 3600 
Get an introduction to searching dockets in Bloomberg Law, with lots of time for questions at the end. We’ll cover:

  • Help
  • Advanced searching
  • Email updates (including tips on using your Lawnet GMail to automatically filter and file email updates)

 (This training is in response to a student request. Any UCI Law student is welcome to attend. Or request your own small-group training online!)

Core Clinic Orientation

The reference librarians are here to help you with research related to your clinic projects!

  • Check out our research guide with suggested resources for each of the core clinics: UCI Law Library – Core Clinics.
  • Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746.
  • Ask for a longer research consultation or request a “20-Minute Training.

1L Pro Bono Kickoff – Get Research Help on Your Projects

The reference librarians are here to help you successfully participate in pro bono projects! We can help you find forms, model documents, practice guides, and so much more. Check out our guide with resources for some of the more research-intensive projects: UCI Law Library – Pro Bono Projects.

Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746. Librarians are also available for longer consultations by appointment – just reach out to your liaison librarian to schedule a time. (Note: your liaison is usually the librarian who taught your legal research course.)

Employment Law Research

employment-law-booksFor students who are interested in employment, labor, and related issues, here are some research pointers based on a the Law Library presentation to students enrolled in Professor Robinson-Dorn’s Fall 2015 Employment Law class. Highlights include:

  • Suggested sources and starting points – see our Labor & Employment Research Guide.
  • For more information about primary and secondary tax sources, see Chapter 5: Federal Labor and Employment Law in Specialized Legal Research.
  • Important online tools for federal and California labor and employment sources include:
    • BNA
    • BloombergLaw (BNA content, plus PLI treatises)
    • CCH Labor & Employment sources – available in Westlaw
    • CEB – California-specific treatises
  • VPN — required for many law-only resources — is supported by UCI Law IT Services.

Source Collection 2015 – Materials

source-collection-training Here’s some of the material from Friday’s Law Library presentation to the new editorial staff members of the UCI journals.

Congratulations to the new editors! We in the Law Library look forward to working with you this year.

Orientation 2015

book iconLaw Library tours and related Library orientation activities are this week! Here’s some useful information for 1Ls, transfers, and visiting students.

1L Survival Guide – Law Library basics, plus books and resources for law school success, legal research & writing, and exam prep.

Hours for the Law Library are updated on our website. Some popular library resources include:

  • Printing, scanning, and copying. See UCI Law Library > About > Computing
  • Study rooms. See UCI Law LIbrary > Students > Study Rooms
  • Phone & laptop chargers, blankets, and other amenities. See UCI Law Library > About > Using the Law Library

Course & study materials – a few places to start:

  • Course Reserves Search – for textbooks and other readings that professors put on reserve.
  • Study Aids – how to find them in ANTPAC.
  • CALI online lessons – ask me for the code.

Books in print or online – three places to start:

  1. ANTPAC – for books and journals at UCI campus libraries, including the Law Library.
  2. Melvyl – for books, journals, and other resources at libraries all over the world — resources that you can borrow via ILL (Inter-library loan.)
  3. Encore – for books at UCI, plus journal articles from 5 databases.

Off-campus access to Law Library resources usually needs the VPN (Virtual Private Network.) Check VPN Instructions from UCI Law IT.

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg questions can go to representatives.

  • Lexis: Michelle C. Yacoob,
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper,
  • BloombergBNA: Tania Wilson,