In May, the Law Library received books on women and the law, human rights, intellectual property, and international law, among many other topics.
One of our new books is What’s Wrong with Copying? by Professor Abraham Drassinower. From the publisher’s abstract:
“[The author] frames an author’s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person’s speech. According to this interpretation, copyright doctrine does not guarantee an author’s absolute rights over a work but only such rights as are consistent with both the nature of the work as speech and with the structure of the dialogue in which it participates.”
Here at UCI, the Law Library will get several copies in print. (Our vendor will be shipping them soon!) We tend to have a few on reserve, so ask for one at the counter if you forget yours at home. You can also check on the shelf out in the Reading Room at KF 245 U55.
“[T]he authors present a roadmap for how criminal justice and forensic researchers can use research to describe, explain, predict, and provide solutions for legal situations that can have a real impact on judges, juries, and the legal profession at large.”
Interested in this area? You can also check out books on campus by UCI Professor Elizabeth Loftus—a leading expert on human memory and eyewitness testimony—by searching the catalog for author: Loftus, Elizabeth.
A typical right of passage, a cliche event that all would be lawyers must go through. Involves two months of unbelievably boring lectures, followed by spending the rest of the day studying in a law library or other similarly isolated and secluded environment. . . .
According to psychology professor Marty Lobdell, there are six strategies for studying smart.
Study in chunks. Take quick fun breaks. Then, reward yourself at the end of the day!
Study in a dedicated space, one where you are conditioned to study.
Study actively. Don’t worry about facts first. Focus on internalizing concepts. Put them into your own words, and actively quiz yourself along the way. Make sure you are able to recall concepts beyond just gaining recognition.
Keep notes during your bar lectures, and make sure you clarify and supplement after.
Summarize and teach what you learn. Whenever possible, tell a friend or family member about key concepts. I call this: Tell a family friend something about the law.
Survey, question, read, recite, review. Engage with your readings by getting an overview of the materials, ask yourself questions, read, and find ways to reiterate.
Use mnemonic devices to remember facts for better recall. Use acronyms, common sayings, and image associations.
Other advice for your summer of study. Sleep. Eat. Get outside. Socialize. Sleep some more.
Finally, if it helps, remember that not everyone passes the bar on the first try. Many people have failed before, including First Lady Michelle Obama, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, California Governor Jerry Brown, and Kathleen Sullivan, former Dean of Stanford Law School.
In March, the Law Library received books on criminal law, international law, federalism, and legal careers, among many other topics.
One of our new books is Happiness & the Law, a University of Chicago Press title by Professors John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, and Jonathan S. Masur. From the publisher’s abstract:
“Drawing on new research in psychology, neuroscience, and economics, the authors. . . assess how the law affects people’s quality of life—and how it can do so in a better way. Taking readers through some of the common questions about and objections to the use of happiness research in law and policy, they consider two areas in depth: criminal punishment and civil lawsuits.”
Take a break from studying and work on the UCI Law Library community puzzle. Look for it downstairs, right at the bottom of the stairs. (Next to the annotated and official United States Code volumes in print!)
Brought to you by the Law Library’s Access & Circulation department staff members.
Our hours are different in late April and early May because of Reading & Exam period. After that, hours will change again for the summer. 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 — April 23 through May 8 — only UCI Law students and UCI faculty and staff can use the Law Library.