Part Two TexasBarCLE: Live Courses, Webcasts, and Online Classes

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

Live Courses and Video Replays are available via the first tab on the left hand side of the Home Page.

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On this page, you can search by keywords, course titles, or MCLE numbers. You can also select different practice areas to sort your search. Further, you can refine your search by location, course type, and date.

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For example, let’s see what CLEs are coming up for New Lawyers.

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Next, in the second tab on the left side of the home page you will find Webcasts.

Here are the webcasts offered in April for MCLE credit. All of these webcasts can be done in the comfort of your home or your office, and as long as you register in advance you can play them at a later date if you cannot watch them at their scheduled time.

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

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.

Historical Texas Statutes & Where to Find Them

One of the most common questions we get here at the Law Library is, “Where can I find historical statutes in Texas?” Historical statutes are notoriously tricky to find, and that can be frustrating. Here is a list of just some of the resources that are available to you that carry historical Texas statutes.

heinonlineHeinOnlineThe Law Library has a subscription to HeinOnline, so this resource is available to all Texas Tech Law students. There is an entire collection dedicated to historical state statutes. The Texas statutes go all the way back to 1838, but unfortunately the most recent statutes they have on file for Texas are from 1925.

texas-state-law-libraryTexas State Law LibraryThe Texas State Law Library website is a free resource for anyone to use, so this could be a useful resource even after you graduate from law school. The coverage of dates for the historical statutes in this collection range from 1879-1966. Besides historical statutes, this website has plenty of other valuable resources for you to use!

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WestlawWhile Westlaw doesn’t have historical statutes dating back to the early 1900’s, they do have more recent statutes. For example, the Texas statutes range from 1987-present. To access the historical statutes on Westlaw, go to the State Materials tab and click on Texas.
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Next, click on Texas Statutes & Court Rules.
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Once you click this, look on the right hand side of the screen and you will see “Texas Statutes Annotated-Historical”; click there.
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You will then be taken to all of the historical statutes that are available on Westlaw.
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In the Library-Most law libraries in Texas will have copies of historical statutes in print. The Texas Tech Law Library has laws in our collection dating back to 1836. We have attorneys come in all the time wanting to know what a law said back in 1987. Since they don’t have access to Westlaw, the library is a great place for them to come! So even when you graduate, keep in mind that the library is a great resource.

Searching for historical statutes can be a daunting task. Hopefully these resources help, and if you require further assistance, the library and its wonderful librarians are always here to help!