Library Write-In: Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Every fall, Professors Baker and Drake host a write-in in the law library’s Collaborative Commons to help students with their scholarly research and writing endeavors.  This fall, the write-in is being held on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and Dean Nowlin is scheduled to attend.

At the write-in, we’ll provide breakfast and lunch.  Dean Nowlin, Professor Baker, and Professor Drake will be on hand to help with any part of the research and writing process from paper organization and research help to editing and Bluebooking.  We’re there all day to help with whatever you need, and the collective energy in the room will help you make progress on your papers and/or comments.  Previous years’ attendees have reported that having a day dedicated to writing really helped them focus on their paper and make major strides on their drafts.

To attend, RSVP to Professor Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu and tell her you’d like to attend.  (As an added bonus, this will help us know how much food to order!)  We hope to see you there.

Please note: you do not have to stay for the entire event.  Pop in and out as you need to, or stay for the whole time.

Circulation & Reference Services at TTU Law Library

Wondering what services the TTU Law Library has for you?  You’ve come to the right place!

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Regular Circulation hours are:

  • Sundays:  1:00-10:00pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays:  7:30am-10:00pm
  • Fridays:  7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturdays:  9:00am-5:00pm

Hours may vary during holidays, summer, and the exam period. You can find up-to-date hours on the library website.

 

Our Circulation Desk is a one-stop shop for all your study needs (see our huge collection of study aids housed behind the desk), but also for many other items that may come in handy this semester:

  • Pain relievers (aspiring, ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
  • Band aids
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Pencils
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Earplugs
  • Ethernet cables (will need to leave your ID with Circulation)
  • Earbuds and headphones
  • Fax machine (for school-related faxes only)
  • Sewing kit

You can also check out:

  • Power adapters, including for Mac laptops and PC laptops (no iPhone chargers)
  • Calculators
  • A/V equipment (including a projector and sound equipment)
  • Course reserves

You can also come to the Circulation Desk to ask for the On-Call Reference Librarian.  A reference librarian is on call from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  You can also contact the Reference Department by emailing reference.law@ttu.edu or calling 806-742-7155.

 

To stay up-to-date on the library’s many services and programs:

  1. Check out the Electronic Announcement Board outside the library;
  2. Read TechLawAnnounce every day;
  3. Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TechLawLibrary
  4. Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TTULawLibrary

We look forward to working with you this year!  Don’t hesitate to stop by and see us!

Fall 2018 ELR Schedule

Sign ups open up TODAY, August 1st at 5:00pm for the law school’s renowned Excellence in Legal Research Program.  To register for classes, use these instructions.  Please note that to register for classes via Blackboard, you must first register for the program by emailing Professor Drake.

Remember, if you are not able to get into a class you want, contact Professor Drake with the class information (title and date) and she will add you to the wait list.  For the required classes (Developing a Research Strategy, Federal Statutory Materials, Federal Administrative Materials, and Case Finding Tools), we may had a third session if there’s enough interest on the wait list.

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Questions? Contact Professor Drake. We look forward to seeing many of you in classes in a few weeks!

Let’s Play Ball (or Frisbee)!

In need of a mental health break?  Maybe it’s time for some fresh air and exercise (at least on those days when Lubbock doesn’t hit triple digits, in which case we recommend checking out some of the games we have in the Collaborative Commons).

sporting equipmentThanks to the Texas Tech Law Student Wellness Committee, the Law Library now has a variety of sports equipment available for check-out to help you de-stress.  Even fifteen minutes of fresh air can help you rejuvenate in between study sessions.

The items in our new sports collection include:

  • Volleyball
  • Football with tee
  • Frisbee
  • Playground ball
  • Nerf football
  • Set of velcro paddles and ball

To borrow any of this equipment, simply stop by the Circulation Desk with your student ID and ask for the item you’d like to borrow. Then, go take advantage of the wonderful green space around the law school and clear your head.

 

Prepping for the Bar? The Library’s Here to Help!

The library is here to help with your bar exam preparation–with both dedicated study spaces and an even more robust collection of bar prep materials than in past years.

This summer, we’ve blocked out Study Rooms BarPrepCollection.jpg5B and 230A for students who are studying for the bar exam, so those rooms are available for any student who wants to be studying for the bar exam in a quiet space. (You can also sign up for any of our other study rooms at any time, for example if you want to do group study).

Our print study materials can be found in the reserves area behind the Circulation Desk. The collection was reorganized earlier this year by part of the bar exam you’re preparing for (MBE, essays, etc.). For help finding materials, please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

In addition to Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis bar prep materials from years past (which you could use if you need more practice questions beyond what your program has), we have many other materials that might be of interest:

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Struggling with the essay section? We have four copies of Prof. Christopher’s new book, “Tacking the Texas Essays: Efficient Preparation for the Texas Bar Exam.” Prof. Christopher’s book has general information on writing good answers to Texas bar exam essays, tips for how to practice, and then practice questions and tips for specific subjects. It’s a wonderful resources for prepping for essays.

 

 

 
Flashcards.jpg We also have a wonderful collection of flashcards for MBE prep. In addition to the Emanuel’s MBE flashcards, we have the Critical Pass MBE Flashcards for a variety of subjects, such as Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law.

 

 

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In addition to our print collection, our West Academic Study Aids collection includes a few bar prep-related resources.  The Exam Pro Bar Prep Workbook includes tips on both essays and multiple choice questions and gives techniques for problems by different subject areas. Simply create an account and get going.

ELR Program FAQs and Info

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When are ELR classes being offered this summer?

  • Monday, May 14th, 1:00-3:00pm: Developing a Research Strategy
  • Tuesday, June 5th, 2:40-4:40pm: Federal Statutory Research
  • Thursday, July 26th, 2:40-4:40pm: Texas Legislative History

All classes are scheduled around the summer school schedule so they do not conflict with TTU Law summer courses.

Why participate in ELR?

  • Numerous studies have shown that you’ll spend at least 35% of your time conducting legal research.
  • Unfortunately, studies also show that those hiring novice attorneys are not satisfied with their new hires’ research skills. Don’t let that be you!
  • You can put it on your resume.
  • Cognitive theory says that if you don’t keep practicing your skills, you’ll lose them. After LP, there’s no more required research instruction—so if you don’t seek out other ways to practice, your research skills will diminish.

If I’m currently a 2L, can I still finish the program if I haven’t started yet?

  • ELR requires 20 hours of instruction, and we offer at least 16 hours a semester, so you can absolutely finish the program in one academic year. We work individually with students to help get them through the program every year.

What do other students say about the program?

  • “My favorite part of the ELR program is the immediate effect: after only a couple hours of instruction, you learn beneficial research skills which apply to Legal Practice assignments, summer internships, and other research projects. These skills help save you a lot of time . . . .”
  • “I joined the ELR program for two reasons. First, having worked in the legal field prior to law school, I saw first-hand the amount of research young attorneys perform, how short of time partners are, and how difficult some sources are to use . . . . [T]he best part is the fact that we learn a particular topic and then actually apply it with an exercise.”
  • “I impressed by summer employer with my ability to find answers to issues quickly and efficiently.”
  • “ELR classes have definitely helped me be more efficient at school and at work.”
  • “I know for a fact that I could not have found some of the sources that I have without the tools I learned from ELR.”

How do I sign up for classes?

Registration for summer classes is now open. Sign up for sessions via Blackboard using these instructions.  Note: to sign up, you must first be registered for the ELR Program.  Email Professor Drake to register.