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.
Summer ELR Registration opens on Monday, April 23rd at 8:00am. If you’re going to be here in Lubbock this summer, it’s an excellent opportunity to take some classes. They’re scheduled around the law school’s summer course schedule, so fit some in!
- 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
To sign-up for classes on Monday, go to Blackboard and follow these instructions. Please note: to sign up with Blackboard, you must first be registered for the program. Email Professor Drake to register for the program.
In March 2018, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.
CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE
- Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington, The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South (2018).
- Stephen Martin Kohn, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (2017).
ENERGY AND UTILITIES LAW
- Ruven Fleming, Shale Gas, the Environment and Energy Security: A New Framework for Energy Regulation (2017).
HEALTH LAW AND POLICY
- Irwin W. Sherman, The Power of Plagues (2017).
- Lothar Determann, Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law: International Corporate Compliance (2017).
- Victoria J. Szymczak, Charting the Legal Systems of the Western Pacific Islands: A Legal Research Guide (2017).
- Jim Freedman, A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court (2017).
- Roy Stuckey, Best Practices for Legal Education: A Vision and a Road Map (2007).
- Mark Robertson and J. Harris Morgan, How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay (2018).
- Douglas Hand, The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman (2018).
- Neil W. Hamilton, Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment (2018).
LEGAL RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES
- Frans L. Leeuw with Hans Schmeets, Empirical Legal Research: A Guidance Book for Lawyers, Legislators and Regulators (2016).
- Heidi Frostestad Kuehl and Megan A. O’Brien, International Legal Research in a Global Community (2017).
- Lauren M. Collins, Veterans Benefits: A Legal Research Guide (2017).
- Steven M. Gillon, Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism (2018).
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
- Thomas M. Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy (2017).
- Richard K. Neumann, Transactional Lawyering Skills: Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (2013).
PROPERTY–PERSONAL AND REAL
- Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy (2016).
- David Emerald, The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic (2016).
- Nicolas Howe, Landscapes of the Secular: Law, Religion, and American Sacred Space (2016).
- Nelson Tebbe, Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age (2017).
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
- Joel Richard Paul, Without Precedent: John Marshall and His Times (2018).
All of these books are available from the Law Library. If you would like to check out any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.
The quarterfinals conclude today with a match-up between Sarah Weddington and Elena Kagan. Which woman inspires you the most? You can vote by participating in our daily Twitter or Facebook poll, or by casting a vote at the Circulation Desk. Happy voting!
Sarah Weddington-“Everyone wants to know they have made a difference…I know I have. I may be tired, but I am not bored.”
Born in Abilene, Texas, Sarah Weddington was constantly involved in school activities before graduating from high school a full two years early. She entered the University of Texas Law School at only 19 and graduated in the top quarter of her class three years later. Despite being a successful student, Sarah had trouble obtaining a job after graduation. She decided to join a group of law graduates that wanted to challenge anti-abortion statutes. Soon after joining, the group was approached by a woman who’d been prevented from having an abortion and wished to sue the district attorney known for enforcing the statute. Because of her own history, having had an illegal abortion years earlier in Mexico, Sarah started researching the case and soon was deep in the Roe v. Wade In 1971 and 1972, Sarah presented the case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States and argued based on many of the Amendments to the Constitution and on privacy decisions made by the Supreme Court previously. In 1973, the Supreme Court overturned the Texas abortion laws and sided in favor of Sarah’s case, making her the youngest person ever to argue successfully to the Supreme Court at only 27 years old. After the Roe v. Wade decision, Sarah was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Elena Kagan-“I have no regrets. I don’t believe in looking back. What I am proudest of? Working really hard… and achieving as much as I could.”
Elena was born to a family of academics and lawyers in New York. From a young age, Elena showed an exceptional mind and the ability to successfully use that mind to change other people’s opinions for the better. Because she was Jewish, Elena advocated for her bat mitzvah to be held in the synagogue much like a bar mitzvah would which went against the current tradition of her synagogue. However, she was able to convince her rabbi to honor her requests and the synagogue continued to hold bat mitzvahs in the building afterwards. Elena graduated from Princeton and then from Harvard Law, and clerked for the Supreme Court before entering private practice. Not long after, Elena entered academia and became a law professor and then the Dean of Harvard Law, the first female to hold that position. She spent her time as Dean making the school more student friendly and centered on the students’ well being. After being a finalist for the position of President of Harvard University, she was nominated by President Obama to be the first Female U.S Solicitor General and in 2010 was nominated as a Supreme Court Justice.
Disclaimer: This is a friendly competition that is meant to increase awareness about some amazing women. The match ups were determined by a random outcome generator, and the winner will be determined based solely on the votes submitted by the participants. We are in no way seeking to pit one woman against each other in any inappropriate way, because each woman is inspiring in her own right.