Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: E&E Publishing

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) provides daily coverage of environmental and energy policy. E&E comprises of five online publications:

EnergyWire – Focuses on the business, environmental, and political issues surrounding the energy law industry. The front page feed also includes a topical Oil and Gas section, with articles about everything from oil and gas bankruptcies in Texas to a state proposed shale gas tax.

energywireClimateWire – Mirroring the setup of EnergyWire, ClimateWire provides an array of daily articles discussing climate issues and effects on business, the environment, and society.

climatewireE&E Daily – From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place to track their environmental and energy issues in Congress.


Greenwire – Greenwire, established in the 1990s as one of the first online subscription-based publications, covers a significant spectrum–from electricity industry restructuring to Clean Air Act litigation to public lands management. Although Oil & Gas isn’t a designated an entire section heading as it is in EnergyWire, Greenwire still provides significant coverage on the subject.

GreenwireE&ENews PM – Although lacking in quantity as compared to other E&E Publications, the E&ENews PM is published every afternoon and includes all the breaking and developing policy news from Capitol Hill and around the world.

E&ENews PMAccess to the E&E Publishing databases referenced in this post is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

Summer Services

Summer-border-clipartSummer is here and so are long hot lazy days… unless you are enrolled in summer school!

If you are here for the summer taking classes, studying for the bar exam, or working locally then you need to know some of the services that are available to you from the Law Library.

If you are here you can still check out a study carrel.  Please contact David Kelly at the Circulation desk, 806-742-3957, and he can help you get a carrel for the summer.

The Law Library is open during the summer (with reduced hours) and we still provide the same services we had during the regular semester; friendly staff, medicine, study aids, etc.  When you need a break from studying please come by and chat for a little bit.  Click here to see when we are open.

You also have access to various databases over the summer even if you are working!  Alyson Drake has written a post outlining what database services are available.

We hope that you have a great summer no matter what you are doing!  If you are here in Lubbock, remember, we are here for you and want to be of service!

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: What are they?

This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases. Each database will be explored in detail.

For recent law school graduates looking to keep abreast of bar exam-relevant material in a palatable format outside bar prep study hours, the following electronic resources may offer reprieve. Each of these databases cover a subject often tested on the Texas Bar Examination.

E&E Publishing (Oil and Gas Law)

E&E Front Page

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy.

Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter (Family Law)


Published weekly, Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter covers important new federal and state family law cases, legislation, and issues.

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center (Business Association & Uniform Commercial Code)

Corp Law

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center covers the broad spectrum of business law and features concise coverage of areas of critical interest to corporate practitioners.

Access to all the databases referenced in this post is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.



Summer Electronic Database Access

Wondering whether you can use Lexis, Westlaw, or Bloomberg at your summer jobs?

LexisAdvanceLexis Advance:
Your law school log-in will allow you unlimited access to all legal content and news in Lexis all summer for both academic and professional purposes.  Some employers may give you a Lexis ID of their own to use for work purposes.

Your law school log-in will remain active all summer without any action from you.  You will also continue to earn points during the summer.

Class of 2016, your Lexis IDs will shift to graduate Lexis IDs on July 1st.  You may use Lexis to study for the bar, prepare for job interviews, and at your new positions until December 31st, 2016.

Westlaw will extend access for students who are participating in the following activities:

  • Working for a law review of journal
  • Working as a research assistant for a law professor
  • Doing moot court work
  • Taking summer law school classes, or completing papers or other academic project for spring semester
  • Doing pro bono work that is required for graduation
  • doing an unpaid private non-profit (non-government) internship or externship

You may NOT use your student password if doing any of the following:

  • Working at a law firm
  • Working at a corporation
  • Working at a government office or agency
  • For other purposes unrelated to law school

To extend your Westlaw log-in and password for access over the summer, visit the Westlaw password extension page.

Class of 2016, to extend your access through this fall, contact our Westlaw rep, Erica Mohai at

bbergBloomberg Law:
Bloomberg places no restrictions on student usage during the summer, but you are expected to use your workplace’s Bloomberg account if they have one.

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Legislative Process

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features. For this post, we’re looking at the “Legislative Process” tab, available off the menu bar (shown below).

Leg Proc 3.1The legislative process is broken down into seven steps:

  1. A bill is drafted and introduced (either through the House or Senate)
  2. A bill is referred to a committee and subject to hearings and markup
  3. A committee votes to report a bill
  4. A bill goes to the floor
  5. The bill goes to conference
  6. The bill goes to the president to sign or veto
  7. The enacted law is printed and codified

Each step is explained in detail by clicking the orange information tab (shown below). In the example below, the Legislative Process page breaks down the intricacies of when a bill is referred to a committee.

Leg Proc 3.3 The Legislative Process page on Legislative Insight demystifies the law making process by providing a step-by-step guide in simplified language.

Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Quick Search & Search by Number

This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

Aside from the basic search bar available on the home page and the Guided Search tab (which is an extension of the basic search bar), there are two other ways to conduct a search: (1) Quick Search and (2) Search by Number.

Quick Search

Leg Insight 4.1Quick Search is fairly intuitive. You can either type in what law you’re searching, or utilize the “Popular Names of Laws List,” located directly under the search bar (shown above). In the example below, we selected the “Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987” and narrowed our search to only Hearings, under Publication Types.

Leg Insight 4.2After results populate, the left menu bar prompts the user to narrow the results even more–by subject term, start and end date, and source.

Search By Number

The Search by Number form is the quickest way to search for legislative information when you already have the–as the name implies–numbers associated with the piece of legislation. Users can search by bill number, public law number, public resolution number, statutes at large, publication number, bibliographic number, and serial set volume number (shown below).

Leg Insight 4.3


Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Bar During Finals!

pbandjAs you are studying for finals and your stomach starts to rumble remember, the Law Library will be setting out peanut butter and jelly fixin’s for you to make FREE sandwiches!

The peanut butter & jelly bar will be set up and available during the following days from 11a.m.-1:15p.m. (or until supplies run out):

Wednesday, May 11th

Thursday, May 12th

Tuesday, May 17th

Wednesday, May 18th

Good luck on your finals and have a wonderful summer!!!!