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.

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!

Spring 2018 ELR Schedule

ELR has record registration numbers this fall, so many of our classes are full, but don’t forget that Prof. Drake keeps a wait list that you can be added to!  Almost every class has a few people pull out the week before class, so a few extra people can always get in the week of the class.

In addition to the classes on our poster below, we’ve added a section of each of our required classes, so our required classes are now offered on the following dates:

RE 6: Secondary Sources: Tuesday, January 9th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12th, 2:00-4:00pm, OR Saturday, January 13th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

RE 3: Federal Administrative Materials: Tuesday, January 30th, 4:00-6:00pm, Wednesday, January 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

RE 4: Case Finding Tools: Sunday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, February 12th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 16th, 2:00-4:00pm

RE 5: Using Citators: Monday, February 19th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 23rd, 2:00-4:00pm

Library Write-In: Saturday, October 28th

Each semester, Professors Baker and Drake host a write-in in the law library’s Collaborative Commons, as part of the Scribes Student Legal Writing Society series of events on scholarly research and writing.  This fall, the write-in is being held on Saturday, October 28th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

At the write-in, we’ll provide breakfast and lunch.  Professor Baker and Professor Drake will also be on hand to help with any part of the research and writing process from paper organization and research help to editing and Bluebooking.  At lunchtime, we’ll give some quick tips for editing, but we’re there all day to help with whatever you need.  Last year’s students reported that having a day dedicated to writing really helped them focus in on their comments and seminar papers, and that the collective energy in the room pushed them forward.Photo 3

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 don’t have to stay the entire time. You can drop by for all or part of the event.

Writing a Seminar Paper This Semester? We Can Help!

Many students fulfill their upper-level writing requirement by writing a research paper for a seminar course.  However, this type of research and writing may be new to you!  After all, it’s very different than the research you do for your LP classes and out in your clerkships.

We have a number of resources here in the library that can help!

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  1. Our Scholarly Research Resources research guide.  It has information on resources for picking a hot topic that will appeal to those selecting articles to be published–and if you’re going to spend a whole semester on it, why not try to get it published?  There’s also information on how to run a preemption check to make sure no one else has taken your exact approach to a topic, on the scholarly research process and the parts of a scholarly paper, and how to avoid plagiarism.
  2. Attend our Scribes Student Legal Writing events–especially our write-in on Saturday, October 28th.  We’ll provide breakfast and lunch, and Professors Baker and Drake will be on hand to help you with any problems you’re currently having with your paper.
  3. Set up a research consult with Professor Drake or Professor Baker.  These types of paper are research heavy and we can help with paper organization, finding strong resources to back up your arguments, and much more!

Fall 2017 Excellence in Legal Research Program Classes

Did you realize while out clerking this summer that your legal research skills are lackluster or at least that you need to solidify certain skills?  Do you want to bolster your resume and show employers you have the skills they’re looking for?  The law school’s Excellence in Legal Research Program is here to help!

To participate in the program, students must complete 20 hours of instruction over the course of their law school career.  Students are eligible to register beginning in the spring of their 1L year.  Students take 6 required courses to cement the foundational skills they learn in our Legal Practice research workshops, and then can take any eight hours of additional classes.  There are lots of offerings in Texas specific sources, as well as in specialized resources, such as legislative histories, practice and litigation materials, and current awareness.  For more on the program, see the ELR Program website.

To register for the program, contact Prof. Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu. Then, you’ll be able to register for individual sessions via Blackboard.

Here’s what we’re offering this fall!

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Part One – TexasBarCLE: What is it?

This is the first part of a four part series featuring: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/Home.asp.

TexasBarCLE is a source provided by the State Bar of Texas. It contains free online classes, practice manuals, webcasts, publications, law practice management tools, and databases.

It is accessible through the State Bar of Texas website.

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After selecting the TexasBarCLE.com tab at the top of the State Bar of Texas website, you will see this as the home page.

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On the right side of the home page you will see search tabs for Casemaker and Fastcase which are two resources provided by the State Bar of Texas for Legal Research.

On the top bar of the page you will see tabs for cart, log in, FAQ and Contact Us. Under the FAQ section of the home page you can find a lot of answers regarding what services this websites provides and how to access them.

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These topics are further divided into specific questions below, and are linked to corresponding answers.

For example, one useful thing to know is that the login information that you use for TexasBar.com is completely separate from TexasBarCLE.com and are operated independently.

TexasBarCLE.com is open to non-attorneys. Seminars, online classes, and other products may be purchased by anyone. However, TexasBarCLE does have some areas that are only accessible by attorneys.

TexasBarCLE is available through the State Bar of Texas website and at http://www.texasbarcle.com.