BYU Law School was recently ranked #38 in the National Law Journal’s ranking of associates promoted to partner in 2014 (BYU Law School affiliation required for this link). These rankings were part of NLJ’s 2015 Go-To Law Schools. More rankings involving BYU Law are available here.
The Law Library has recently acquired access to EnergyWire, ClimateWire, Environment & Energy Daily ( E&E Daily), GreenWire and E&E News PM for the BYU Law School community. Each of these sources provide objective, timely and comprehensive information for tracking environmental and energy policy, politics, science and news.
EnergyWire: Daily coverage on Electric Utilities, Oil & Gas, Energy Development, and the transforming Energy Sector
ClimateWire: Coverage of the debate over Climate Policy and its effects on Business, the Environment & Society
E&E Daily: The best way to track Congress
Greenwire: Coverage of Federal Agencies, States, Courts, Industry, Endangered Species, & Natural Resources
E&ENews PM: keeps you informed in real time on all Late Breaking News
E&E TV: interviews with Key Policy Leaders
Faculty and students can sign up for access here: http://www.eenews.net/email_alerts/
- Select the alerts you wish to receive
- Scroll down to ACCOUNT TYPE and select “I am a new user signing up for access.”
- Complete the registration & click “SIGN UP NOW”
- Within a day or so you will receive an email response with your log in credentials
Immigration is one of the most significant hot button issues in the U.S. today as interested parties engage in heated debate regarding appropriate avenues of reform.
The Law Library has recently acquired access to AILALink, a research database that provides dependable and current immigration law information. Developed and maintained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), AILALink offers immigration-related statutes, regulations, case law, agency correspondence and manuals, immigration forms, and many AILA publications. It also includes access to Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook 14th Edition (© 2014).
Over the next few weeks, Westlaw is requiring all of its academic account users to change their Westlaw passwords. As of now, Westlaw does not have a specific date for our school, but when the time comes you will be prompted to create a new password and will not be able to use Westlaw until you do. If you would like you can change your password now to avoid the forced reset. Below are instructions for doing so. If you run into any problems, contact Westlaw Customer Support at 1-800-850-WEST.
Once you are signed in on the law school home page, click “Update” near your name.
Next, click on “Manage OnePass Profile.”
Type in a new password.
And hit “Save.”
A bill that allows the sale of land near the Y to BYU passed Congress recently and is now headed to the President’s desk.
Believe it or not, December is here. That means finals are right around the corner. We do our best to help our students out during finals time. Here are some resources and services we hope will make this time a little less stressful.
Sample Exams – The Law Library has a number of sample exams for BYU Law professors and courses. These sample exams are available electronically and can be found here or through the “For Law Students” section of our webpage. BYU Law students with a current BYU Net ID and password can access these exams. Sample exams can be browsed by professor or by class. We currently have sample exams for Professors Augustine-Adams, Backman, Benson, Brinton, Durham, Fee, Ferrin, Lee, Mangelson, Rasband, Scharffs, Thomas, Todd/Nydegger/Richards, Wardle, and Wilkins. If your professor doesn’t appear on this list, you will still likely be able to find sample exams for the class that you are taking on the sample exams page.
Flash Cards – One of the popular study helps we offer are flash cards by Law in a Flash. Near finals time it’s tough to keep these puppies on the shelf. You can check them out for 2 hours at a time at the circulation desk. We currently have the following sets of flash cards: Civil Procedure (parts 1 & 2), Con Law (parts 1 & 2), Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law, Crim. Pro., Evidence, Fed Tax, Future Interests, Professional Responsibility (parts 1 & 2), Real Property, Sales, Secured Transactions, Torts, and Wills and Trusts.
CALI – The Law Library’s subscription to CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, provides BYU law students with access to nearly 900 internet-based lessons on 35 different legal topics. Lessons range from core 1L courses to many different 2L/3L courses. In addition to being web-based, CALI lessons are often interactive–asking you questions to test your knowledge as you go along. Not only does this help you retain things better, but it can help add some variety to your study techniques. If you don’t have a username and password already, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can get you our authorization code.
Study Guides – We collect a number of study guides that may be useful as you brush up for finals. They are available in the Reserve Library and can be found by browsing or by searching the library catalog. The best way to find them is to search for your subject in the library search box and then when the results come up, you will see a place to narrow the search to “study guides.” Here’s an example for torts. Study Guides in the Reserve Library are available for 2 hour checkout to law students.
Extended Hours – As of Monday, December 1, the Law Library is now open until 1am Monday-Friday until finals end. We will continue to close at 11pm on Saturday.
Study Rooms – The law library is home to 13 group study rooms that are especially popular during finals. Law students can reserve study rooms online in 2 hour blocks. We ask that you please be respectful of others as groups transition between study rooms.
Quiet Reading Room – The Quiet Reading Room in the northeast portion of the library’s main floor is also available for study. This room is for law students only (so bring your ID card to swipe in) and quiet study will be enforced. We ask that you help us keep the noise down in there.
Good luck getting through finals!
The Restatement of Torts was a prominent part of one of the oral arguments when the Utah Supreme Court visited the Law School a few weeks ago. Restatements are influential secondary sources that are painstakingly created by the American Law Institute. (For a brief primer see here.) The Law Library recently subscribed to HeinOnline’s American Law Institute Library, providing access to the work of the ALI. Researchers interested in studying the Restatements, or other projects such as the Uniform Commercial Code or the Principles of Law, will find this to be a valuable resource. Some of the most recent work of the ALI is not currently available on HeinOnline, but is generally added over time.
As one example of what researchers can find, this new library contains all of the historical drafts of the Restatement (Second) of Torts. This includes 41 Council Drafts, 22 Preliminary Drafts, and 23 Tentative Drafts (all covering the span of about 20 years). Researchers can also search through all the documents in this specific collection, as they can with all of the other Restatements and other ALI documents.
Earlier this year the BYU Law Library entered into an agreement to provide BYU Law Alums with access to HeinOnline’s law journal database. This database contains PDF versions of over 1,900 law reviews and journals, with coverage of each beginning with the first issue published. While the majority of our online resources are restricted to use within the Law Library, we’re excited to be able to offer BYU Law Alums access to this database wherever they are.
If you are a BYU Law Alum you can access this database by going to this HeinOnline Alumni Access link, which is found on the right-hand side of the Law Library webpage. You will then need to sign in with your BYU Net ID and password. Help is available from the sign-in page for those who have forgotten their NetID or password or who need to create a NetID. (You can call 801-422-7236 if you are having trouble creating a NetID.) If you have question about this subscription or are having trouble gaining access, please contact Shawn Nevers at email@example.com.
We’re happy we can provide our Law Alums with access to this great resource and we hope it will be an asset to you in your practice.
Attendees of the Rex E. Lee Moot Court Competition Finals were encouraged to listen to the Supreme Court oral arguments of great Supreme Court advocates like Rex Lee, Paul Clement, and Seth Waxman to help develop their advocacy skills. Supreme Court oral argument audio can be found on the Supreme Court’s website back to 2010, but to find anything older than that you’ll need to check the Oyez website . With Oyez you can find 7,000 hours of oral arguments all the way back to 1955. Oyez also arranges oral arguments by case, justices, and by attorney.
The arrangement by attorney is not the easiest to navigate, but I’ve found that if you start typing in the last name, first name of an attorney in the search box you will get a drop down that shows the advocates name. Clicking on that and scrolling down you will see cases the attorney argued as well as a link to an advocate profile page. Here are the profile pages for Rex Lee, Paul Clement, and Seth Waxman. (The formatting of these pages isn’t great, but you’ll find the links below pictures.) Warning – it’s easy to get sucked into these oral arguments and spend a lot of time here. More about the Oyez project and its history can be found here.
The Law School is lucky to have had the Utah Supreme Court with us this morning to hear arguments in two cases. In the first case one of the attorneys referenced XChange and I wanted to make sure our students were familiar with this resource. XChange is a repository of district court and justice court case information that is run by the Utah Courts. XChange primarily provides summary information about the cases in these courts, but the full-text of district court public documents has become more available in recent years as e-filing has become required.
Many of our students should be familiar with PACER, the federal governments repository for federal court documents and information. (And if you’re not, that’s something to look into.) XChange is somewhat comparable to PACER for Utah, although the number of full-text documents is significantly less.
The Law Library has a subscription to XChange that can be used by BYU Law students and faculty for academic purposes. Those that need access can contact the Reference Desk. BYU Law studetns and faculty who need XChange for non-academic purposes or members of the public who need access to XChange should contact their local district court to find out if they have a public XChange terminal available.