Put the pieces together

library-puzzle 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.

Hours – Reading & Examination, Summer

library-hoursOur 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.

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

NYTimes.com for UCI Law

nyt-mobileNew! New York Times digital subscriptions for members of the UCI Law community!

In case you missed the April 1 email from one of the law librarians, instructions for registration are available:

NYT @ UCI Law Q&A – docs.google.com/a/lawnet.uci.edu

You’ll need to log in with your @lawnet account to view the instructions.

This subscription is limited to the Law School community. Contact the reference desk with questions.

California Legislature – Online Archives

cal-clerk-archiveScanned California legislative information, including journals and session laws, is now much easier to find. Some law students might recall a difficult-to-navigate site—one that didn’t work at all in some browsers. But that’s all in the past, thanks to the updated site for The California Assembly’s Office of the Chief Clerk!

See: clerk.assembly.ca.gov/archive-list
For access to:
Chaptered bills 1850 – 2008
Assembly journals 1849 – 2010
Legislative histories (bill actions and dates) 1881 – 2010

Interested in more resources for California legislative history? Check the State Law section in our Guide to Legislative History.

Legal Research in Practice: Be Awesome this Summer

The UCI Law School Library wants you to succeed in your first summer legal experience!

Legal Research in Practice workshops will give you strategies for effectively tackling new projects, and efficiently navigating resources for quickly finding helpful information and relevant primary law.

Please join for any and all workshops. Fresh fruit and other nosh will be warmly provided!

Working for an Attorney
Monday, April 06
12:00 to 1:00 PM
EDU 1131

Quick tips for setting out the parameters of your assignment, and navigating resources for litigation and transactional law practice.

Working with Federal Law
Tuesday, April 07
12:00 to 1:00 PM
EDU 1131

Quick tips for navigating key secondary sources, and federal primary law. This will include a refresher on navigating agency websites, finding court rules, and using dockets.

Working for a Judge
Wednesday, April 08
12:00 to 1:00 PM
EDU 1131

Quick tips for navigating court libraries, asking good questions, and getting started with known citations in motions or briefs.

Working with California Law
Thursday, April 09
12:00 to 1:00 PM
MPAA 130

Quick tips on finding and using free and proprietary California-specific practice resources. This will include a refresher on navigating state government sites.

Working on Policy
Friday, April 10
12:00 to 1:00 PM
LAW 3750

Quick tips on finding policy papers, data sets, and creating your own studies, including conducting a multi-jurisdiction survey of laws.

For questions, contact Lisa at Ljunghahn@law.uci.edu

New on the shelves – February 2015

appealing-to-justice-coverOur list of new books is now updated.

In February, the Law Library received books on legal history, international law, and legal practice, among many other topics.

One of our new books is by UC Irvine criminology scholars Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness: Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic. From the publisher’s abstract:

“Drawing on sometimes startlingly candid interviews with [California] prisoners and prison staff, as well as on official records, the authors walk us through the byzantine grievance process, which begins with prisoners filing claims and ends after four levels of review, with corrections officials usually denying requests for remedies. Appealing to Justice is both an unprecedented study of disputing in an extremely asymmetrical setting and a rare glimpse of daily life inside this most closed of institutions.”

Check it out downstairs—shelved with other titles about California criminal law—in the California Room at KFC 1181.5 C35 2015.

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.

Celebration of Books – Thurs. 3/19

Prof. Southworth

Professor Ann Southworth at the first Celebration of Books, in 2010.

The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Sixth 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 April 2014 through March 2015.

  • 10:30 am: Coffee and pastries will be offered in the Library vestibule.
  • 11:00 am: The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin.

This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professors Joseph DiMento, Catherine Fisk, Richard Hasen, Sarah Lawsky, Christopher Leslie, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Douglas NeJaime, Katherine Porter, Gregory Shaffer, and Ann Southworth.

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.


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.