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!

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.

 

 

Bootcamp for the MBE.jpgSteve Emanuel’s Bootcamp for the MBE has volumes for different subjects, including Evidence, Torts, and many more. It also includes a helpful MBE Self-Assessment Test and a Simulated MBE with Questions and Answers.

 

 

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.

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.

Finals Help

Finals are looming and your brain may be starting to fail; you may need an extra boost to help you make it through the afternoon, the day, or the week.

We are here to help.  The Law Library can provide access to streaming audio study aids, improved West Academic Study Aids, general information on study aids,  we even have the Collaborative Commons where you can get together and study!

candy jarAs wonderful as these resources are, sometimes you need more! Sometimes you need candy!!!

When you find you are in need of candy, come by office 127A, off of the Collaborative Commons.  If the light is on and the door is open, come on in and get some candy.  If the light is on but the door is closed, knock and I will let you in to get candy!

Sometimes the little things help you get through the day and through your work.  As an extra bonus, if you have a reference question I can help with that as well.

Our contact information is:

Circulation Desk
806-742-3957
circulation.law@ttu.edu

Reference Services
806-742-7155
reference.law@ttu.edu

Good luck on your studies!!!

Streaming Audio Study Aids

by David Kelly

One of the neat new features of the West Academic Study Aids is the addition of audio lectures. Both the Sum and Substance series and the Law School Legends series are now available to stream 24/7.

The interface is very user friendly. There is a handy menu to select the exact lectures on particular topics that you would like to stream.

To access the audio lectures, go to the Law School’s website:

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Click on the Library tab at the top, and select the West Academic Study Aids link under Research and Reference:

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This takes you to the West Academic Study Aids site. From here you may either search by subject, select by series, etc. To select by series, choose the appropriate drown down menu to find all of the available series:

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From this list select either the Law School Legends Audio Series or the Sum and Substance Audio. After choosing a particular series, a list of all the available titles will appear:

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Select the desired title, in this case Wills and Trust by our own Professor Beyer:

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Once a title is selected a window will appear with a play button, fast forward button, and reverse button, as well as a tracks play list. You may play it from the beginning or just play the topic you are interested in.

Another really great part about the audio lectures is that they work great on your cell phones and other mobile devices.  No need to download files or deal with CDs.

Improved West Academic Study Aids

Some of you are already familiar with the electronic resource for accessing West Academic Study Aids.  This resource allows you to access as many different series and/or subjects as you need without any restrictions.  This, along with other study aid resources were discussed in a previous blog post.

As a reminder, you can access this resource while on the Law School network at https://subscription.westacademic.com/, using a guest account.  You are also able to create a personal login using your Texas Tech email that will allow you to personalize your experience as well as access the resource when not on the University network.  You are able to make notes, keep track of often used titles, etc.

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The newest exciting feature that has just been introduced is the addition of two audio series: the Law School Legends and the Sum and Substance Audio Series.

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A couple of other handy features of the website is the Most Popular At Your School and the Authored By Faculty At Your School sections.

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If you need assistance or have questions about using this electronic resource, please stop by the Law Library or contact one of the Law Librarians.  We would be happy to assist you!

 

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.