November 2021 New Books

In November 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

1. American Bar Association. Section of Antitrust Law, Monopolization and Dominance Handbook (2021).

CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

2. Paul Marcus, David K. Duncan, Tommy Miller, and Joelle Anne Moreno, The Rights of the Accused Under the Sixth Amendment:  Trials, Presentation of Evidence, and Confrontation (2021).

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

3. Dwight Golann, Mediating Legal Disputes:  Effective Techniques to Resolve Cases (2021).

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

4. Ashish Joshi, ed., Litigating Parental Alienation:  Evaluating and Presenting an Effective Case in Court (2021).

IMMIGRATION LAW

5. Greg Berk, Immigration Checklists and Practice Pointers:  A Quick Reference Guide on Visas and I-9s (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

6. Carol M. Bast, Introduction to Legal Research and Writing (2020).

LEGAL EDUCATION

7. Tessa L. Dysart and Tracy Norton, eds., Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era:  Beyond the Physical Classroom (2021).

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

8. Davis M. Walsh and Samuel L. Tarry, eds., Infectious Disease Litigation:  Science, Law, and Procedure (2021).

9. James T. O’Reilly and Janet G. Abaray, Vaccine Risks, Benefits, and Compensation (2021).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

10. Elizabeth Cabraser, Fabrice N. Vincent and eight others, eds., The Law of Class Action:  Fifty-State Survey, 2021 (2021).

11. Megan Zavieh, The Modern Lawyer:  Ethics and Technology in an Evolving World (2021).

12. Marc Lauritsen, The Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools (2021).

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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

First Semester 1L Study Guides

Dear 1Ls,

You have probably already started to hear about how different law exams are. In your Introduction to the Study of Law class, you have probably started to hear about IRAC and CREAC, but did you know that the library maintains a collection of study guides for our students?

            Not only do we have books on specific subjects, but we also have books on how to excel at law school exams. What follows is a list of selected books to help you with your first round of exams.

General Exam Guides

How to Write Law Exams, IRAC Perfected by S.I. Strong

            This book differs from other guides in that it not only goes into a detailed explanation of the IRAC method of writing exams, but it gives sample student responses with detailed critiques of where they excel or fall short. At just about 120 pages dedicated to the writing exams. This guide is a quick read that can help prepare you to take exams.

A Students Guide to Legal Analysis, Thinking Like a Lawyer by Patrick M. McFadden

            You have probably heard already you are in law school to “learn to think like a lawyer.”  What does that mean? By in large, that means learning to do legal analysis. This book explores the “A” in IRAC. By asking the questions that this guide lays out, you are on your way to writing in a more lawyerly style.

Getting to Maybe, How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl and Jeremy Paul

            Getting to Maybe takes a slightly different approach to law exams. The book encourages exam takers to identify what type of question is being asked. While plenty of law school exams are traditional “issue spotters” (and Getting to Maybe covers that as well), other types of questions such as questions that ask the exam taker to determine a policy. It encourages test takers to spend the most time with analysis where the answers are less clear and to embrace the gray of legal issues. The book also includes general advice on how to prepare for exams and where to spend your valuable time.

Specific Subject Guides

            The following list has titles for all the first semester 1L doctrinal classes, Civil Procedure, Torts, and, Contracts.

Examples & Explanations

            E&E provides a plain language of the subject organized into easy-to-understand stand-alone chapters. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader to contemplate. Frequently the questions have a clear answer. However, the beauty in this guide is that the explanations of the questions focus on what specific facts changed slightly will change the outcome of the question.

Emanuel’s Law Outlines

            Before introducing this guide, understand, the best outline is the outline that you write yourself. Emanuel’s drawbacks are that they are very long, very detailed, and cover things that your professor may not cover.   That being said, if there are gaps in your outline that you are having trouble filling, this may be a helpful guide to fill in where you find your outline falling short.

Siegel’s Essay and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers.

            While it is undoubtedly true that it is not sufficient to know the law to do well on law exams, it is still a necessary condition to do well on exams. Siegel’s helps with both knowing the law and applying the law. This guide provides you with multiple-choice questions that will test your knowledge of black letter law, and it also provides essays with model answers to grade yourself against. This book is strictly for review. It does not offer a discussion, only questions.

All of these titles are available for check out at the circulation desk. If a title is unavailable please place a hold for the book and do not use interlibrary loan.

April 2021 New Books

In April 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

1. Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, Law & Leviathan:  Redeeming the Administrative State (2020).

ADMIRALTY

2. Tomas Heidar, New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea (2020).

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAW

3. Frank Pasquale, New Laws of Robotics:  Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI (2020).

COMMERCIAL LAW

4. Lilian Edwards, Burkhard Schafer and Edina Harbinja, eds., Future Law:  Emerging Technology, Regulation and Ethics (2020).

COMMUNICATIONS LAW

5. Marc Goodman, Future Crimes:  Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World (2016).

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

6. Meghan J. Ryan and William W. Berry III, eds., The Eighth Amendment and Its Future in a New Age of Punishment (2020).

CONTRACTS

7. Edward Yorio and Steve Thel, Contract Enforcement:  Specific Performance and Injunctions (2011).

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

8. Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher, Richard Miles, and Jerrilynne Purdy, Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Regulatory Process (2020).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

9. Kirk W. Junker, ed., Environmental Law Across Cultures Comparisons  for Legal Practice (2020).

10. Brian Craig, Stringfellow Acid Pits:  The Toxic and Legal Legacy (2020).

EVIDENCE

11. Judge Xavier Rodriguez, ed., Essentials of E-Discovery (2021).

FIRST AMENDMENT

12. Michael D. Breidenbach, and Owen Anderson, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (2020).

GUN CONTROL LAW

13. Ian Ayres and Fredrick E. Vars, Weapon of Choice:  Fighting Gun Violence While Respecting Gun Rights (2020).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

14. Andrea Boggio, Cesare P.R. Romano, and Jessica Almqvist, eds., Human Germline Genome Modification and the Right to Science:  A Comparative Study of National Laws and Policies (2020).

15. Alan J. Morrison, Biotechnology Law:  A Primer for Scientists (2020).

16. Stephen Dycus, and Eugene R. Fidell, eds., COVID-19:  The Legal Challenges (2021).

IMMIGRATION LAW

17. Charles Wheeler, ed., Immigration Law and the Family:  A Practical Guide to Family-Sponsored Immigration (2020).

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

18. Paul Heald, Copy This Book!:  What Data Tells Us About Copyright and the Public Good (2021).

JUDGES

19. Edward A. Purcell Jr., Antonin Scalia and American Constitutionalism:  The Historical Significance of a Judicial Icon (2020).

20. Lazaro Lima, Being Brown:  Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (2019).

LEGAL EDUCATION

21. Bruce A. Kimball and Daniel R. Coquillette, The Intellectual Sword:  Harvard Law School, the Second Century (2020).

22. Kim O’Leary, Jeanette Buttrey, and Joni Larson, Improving Student Learning in the Doctrinal Law School Classroom:  Skills and Assessment (2020).

23. Marc A. Silverman, The Gunner’s Guide to Law School (2020).

24. Catrina Denvir, ed., Modernising Legal Education (2020).

25. Hoang Vu Tran, Race, Law, and Higher Education in the Colorblind Era:  Critical Investigations Into Race-Related Supreme Court Disputes (2020).

26. Primary Research Group, Survey of Law School Faculty & Staff:  Trends in Funding for Legal Research & Scholarship (2020).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

27. Daniel I. Small, Preparing Witnesses:  A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients (2020).

REPRODUCTION

28. Zakiya Luna, Reproductive Rights as Human Rights:  Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice (2020).

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

29. Michael P. Fix and  Benjamin J. Kassow, US Supreme Court Doctrine in the State High Courts (2020).

WATER LAW

30. Yoshifumi Tanaka, The South China Sea Arbitration:  Toward an International Legal Order in the Oceans (2019).

31. Gabor Baranyai, European Water Law and Hydropolitics:  An Inquiry Into the Resilience of Transboundary Water Governance in the European Union (2020).

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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

Deadline Extended…apply for Law Library Student Assistant positions

Deadline extended for applications!

The Law School is hiring 2Ls and 3Ls for the Fall Semester for:

Circulation Assistant:

  • This position is the primary contact for patrons in the evenings and on weekends. Duties include assisting patrons in finding library materials, checking library materials in and out, shelving library materials, and collection maintenance.

Research Assistant:

  • This position assists with providing information and research support for the law library. The research assistant position is under the supervision of a librarian, and the average workload is 10-20 hours/week. Duties and responsibilities include conducting research, creating Law Library marketing materials, and drafting blog posts. Other responsibilities vary depending on the supervising librarian.

Applications will be accepted through April 30th and can be found by going to https://www.depts.ttu.edu/law/lawlibrary/about/jobs.php.

For more information, please email circulation.law@ttu.edu.

To apply: Return completed application, resume, and cover letter to circulation.law@ttu.edu

March 2021 New Books

In March 2021, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

1. Erik Nielson and Andrea L. Dennis, Rap on Trial:  Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America (2019).

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, GENERALLY

2. Kimberly K. Smith, The Conservation Constitution:  The Conservation Movement and Constitutional Change, 1870-1930 (2019).

CONTRACTS

3. Ben L. Fernandez, Drafting & Revising Contracts:  An Introduction to Drafting in Plain English and Revising Complex Form Documents (2019).

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE

4. Paul Douglas Foote, James R. Harrington, and John McCaskill Jr., The Perils of Posting:  Court Cases on Off-Duty Social Media Conduct of Public Employees (2020).

FIRST AMENDMENT

5. Nathan C. Walker, First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb:  Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States (2020).

HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

6. Mary Ziegler, Abortion and the Law in America:  Roe v. Wade to the Present (2020).

IMMIGRATION LAW

7. J.C. Salyer, Court of Injustice:  Law Without Recognition in U.S. Immigration (2020).

JUDGES

8. John C. Domino, Texas Supreme Court Justice Bob Gammage:  A Jurisprudence of Rights and Liberties (2020).

LEGAL ANALYSIS AND WRITING

9. Cassandra L. Hill, D’Andra Millsap Shu, and Katherine T. Vukadin, The Legal Memo:  50 Exercises for Mastery:  Practice for the New Legal Writer (2021).

10. Melissa Shultz and Christine Tamer, Writing by Numbers:  Legal Writing Made Easy (2020).

11. Kevin Bennardo, Thinking and Writing About Law (2021).

LEGAL HISTORY

12. Sara Mayeux, Free Justice:  A History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America (2020).

OIL, GAS, AND MINERAL LAW

13. Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Landmarks of a Century in Oil and Gas Law:  Twenty Cases that Shaped Texas Oil and Gas Jurisprudence (2017).

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

14. Lucy Endel Bassli, The Simple Guide to Legal Innovation:  Basics Every Lawyer Should Know (2020).

15. Jean L. Batman, Of Counsel:  Forms and Advice for Legal Practitioners (2019).

16. Conrad Saam, Own the Map:  Marketing Your Law Firm’s Address Online (2020).

17. Aaron Street, et.al., The Small Firm Roadmap:  A Survival Guide to the Future of Your Law Practice (2019).

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

18. Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, The Living Presidency:  An Originalist Argument Against Its Ever-Expanding Powers (2020).

RACE AND ETHNICITY

19. Lawrence Goldstone, On Account of Race:  The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights (2020).

20. Natsu Taylor Saito, Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law:  Why Structural Racism Persists (2020).

SPACE LAW

21. Neta Palkovitz, Regulating a Revolution:  Small Satellites and the Law of Outer Space (2020).

TORTS

22. Robert Bilott, Exposure:  Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against Dupont (2019).

WATER LAW

23. Makane Moise Mbengue and Rukmini Das, Use of Experts in International Freshwater Disputes:  A Critical Assessment (2019).

24. Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus, eds., Water Politics:  Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water (2020).

25. Catherine Banet, ed., The Law of the Seabed:  Access, Uses, and Protection of Seabed Resources (2020).

26. Salman M. A. Salman, Notification Concerning Planned Measures on Shared Watercourses:  Synergies Between the Watercourses Convention and the World Bank Policies and Practice (2019).

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 circulation.law@ttu.edu.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.