Law Library Room Reservation Instructions

To reserve a room in the Law Library, go to the Law Library’s Room Reservations page and click “Book Now.”

Select the room and time you wish to reserve:

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Note the system automatically defaults to today’s date and the current time. Areas in green are available and those in red are unavailable. Once a room and start time are selected, the system automatically selects a one-hour reservation:

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The reservation can be shortened or extended by using the drop down menu at the bottom of the page. The reservation may be deleted by selecting the trash icon. The maximum amount of time per reservation is 2 hours and the minimum is 30 minutes.

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Rooms may be reserved for up to 4 hours per day. If you wish to reserve a room for 4 hours, you must make two 2-hour reservations. These bookings may be consecutive, or they may be split up, for instance one reservation in the morning and one in the evening.

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Once the booking is correct, select the “Submit Times” button.

A recap screen will appear. Please review the booking for accuracy. If you wish to make changes, the “Change” link may be selected and the reservation may be edited.

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Please review the terms and conditions for the room selected, and select the “Continue” button.

To complete the booking, please fill in your full name, your TTU address, and a name for your study group. After you verify that you are a member of the Law School, select the “Submit my Booking” button.

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A final confirmation page will appear.  A confirmation email will also be sent to you.

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The confirmation email contains a link to cancel the booking, if needed.

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If you are done with the room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk to inform a staff member.

 

Reserve a Study Room Online!

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The Law Library is happy to announce that the Law School Community may now book rooms online.  You no longer need to come to the Reference & Information Desk to check on room availability or to book a room!

To book a room online:

  • Go to the Law School’s homepage and select “Library” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on “Law Library Home.”
  • On the Law Library’s homepage, you can find “Room Reservation” links in the following locations:
    • Under the “Patron Services” tab
    • In “Quick Links” near the bottom of the page
  • The “Room Reservation” link will open the “Law Library Room Reservations” page. On the page are instructions and guidelines for reserving a room.
  • To book a room, read the instructions and guidelines and click “Book Now” to proceed to the room reservation calendar.

Step-by-step instructions are located here.

When reserving a room, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Rooms are only available to Law Students, Law Faculty and Law Staff.
  • Rooms are available for booking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Each study room booking defaults to a maximum 2-hour reservation.
  • Law Students may reserve two 2-hour blocks per day for a total of 4-hours maximum for study rooms per day.
  • The 2-hour reservations may be consecutive, or may be split.
  • The same study group should not book the same room for more than 4 hours a day.
  • You are expected to use the room while you have it reserved, please do not leave the room empty for an extended period of time.
  • If you are finished with a study room before your reservation has expired, please stop by the Reference & Information Desk and inform the staff so they can adjust the reservation.

Guidelines for Excellence in Law Reviews

400x400_fitbox-journal1In 2011, The Scrivener released the Scribes Guidelines for Excellence in Law Reviews written by Bryan A. Garner and Richard C. Wydick.

According to Garner & Wydick, every member of a law review should be required to buy and learn the current editions of these books:

Each edit suggested by a new member of the review should be supported by citation to one of those texts.

A law review office should have in its library current editions of the following books:

The guidelines mention that anyone wishing to become an editor of the law review should be able to certify that he or she has read at least three of the books listed above.

It is also advised to do the following:

  • Fret about the opener of each piece: an interesting lead that immediately predisposes readers to continue (be wary of stultifying “roadmaps”).
  • Insist on good, idiomatic English of the kind to be found in such publications as The New Yorker or The Economist and other first-rate nonfiction publications.
  • Delete every unnecessary paragraph, sentence, and word.
  • Footnote sensibly, not rabidly. Use your head — and repeal any “rule” that requires a footnote after every sentence.
  • As a tonic to your style, as a caution to your members, have everyone affiliated with your law review read Fred Rodell’s Goodbye to Law Reviews — Revisited, 48 Va. L. Rev. 279 (1962). While you’re at it, you should also read George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” 4 The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell 127 (1968) (and widely reprinted).

These are great guidelines for law review editors to become excellent editors. In addition to the above list of recommended reading, I would add William Zinsser’s On Writing Well and Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.

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

International Games Week & Scavenger Hunt: October 30th – November 3rd

Tech Law Students,

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Each year, libraries across the world give back to their patrons by providing games and activities for a week of fun. Many libraries provide lengthy card, board, and video game tournaments for their patrons over the week, but we understand that law students have strict constraints on their free time. As a result, we’ve developed a fun, law-related activity that will test your research ability without taking too much of your time: a scavenger hunt with a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!

Starting on Monday, October 30th, you may choose one of three paths to follow across all three floors of the library. Each path has been tested by students and will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

SignIncluding the ones available from the information desk, each path has four clues. To have your name entered in the prize drawing, you must take a picture of the solution to the fourth clue and email it to or present it to Professor Drake in office 126ba. If your picture is correct, then we will enter your name in the drawing.

Additionally, you can increase your odds of winning by entering your name into the drawing a second and even third time by finishing the other two paths. Finally, if a clue has you stumped you aren’t out of the running. You may ask circulation staff to get the librarian on call to help you figure out where to look next.

The starting clues for each path will be available from the right side of the circulation desk starting Monday, October 30th.

 

 

Casemaker and Fastcase: Texas Tech Law Students Have Immediate Access

After you pass the Texas bar, you will no longer have access to any of the major online legal research services (Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law) through your law school account. However, as Texas attorneys, the State Bar of Texas provides access to two online legal research systems that you may not yet be aware of—Casemaker and Fastcase.

Typically, most state bar associations provide access to one of the two systems. Members of the Texas bar can either system. Granted, neither of the two systems may have all of the bells and whistles of the three major services. Nevertheless, Casemaker and Fastcase can meet most attorneys’ research needs. Both provide access to primary law (e.g., statutes, administrative rules and regulations, and case law) and limited secondary sources.

You do not need to wait for your bar license to use Casemaker or Fastcase, as law students you can create an account with the Texas Bar CLE and obtain immediate access. We encourage you to use them so that you become proficient with the systems upon graduation. To register and obtain acccess, follow the steps below.

1. Go to the State Bar CLE home page.
2. Type in some research terms on the “Free Legal Research” column to the right of the home page and click on search (see below). The follow the registration steps noted below.

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3. Chances are you have not registered. To do so, click on the “click here” link as noted below.

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4. Since you do not yet have a bar number, click the “click here” link as noted below.

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5. Fill out the registration form, titled “My CLE Profile,” using your TTU email address, selecting “law student” as your occupation, and clicking the “save” button at the bottom of the page.

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What can I get at the Circulation desk?

Students, don’t forget the staff at the Circulation desk are here to help you!  They are here to ensure you get what you need, when you need it.  Here are some of the services and helpful items that are available to you from the Circulation desk:

Office Supplies:  Whether you forget your pencil bag at home or urgently need to staple an assignment minutes before class starts, the Circulation desk has what you need. Pens, pencils, erasers, calculators, paper clips, rulers, staplers, hole punch, tape, and scissors are all available upon request.

Umbrellas:  It doesn’t rain in West Texas very often, but when it does you might need an umbrella.  The Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas available to keep you, and your pricey books, dry when the rain catches you unprepared.  All we ask is, if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!

Electronics and Chargers:  Forget your charger at home? The Circulation desk has a wide variety of charging cords available so you can spend less time commuting and more time studying. Additionally, the Circulation desk also carries thumb drives and cords for connecting to video equipment, small camcorders, and projectors.

Pain Medication:  Headaches and muscle aches can slow your study pace to a crawl, so it is important to get relief as soon as possible.  The Circulation desk has ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin available upon request.

First Aid Supplies:  The Circulation desk has a variety of bandages, alcohol pads, and antiseptic available for minor cuts and abrasions. A bigger first aid kit is also available for more serious situations.  Additionally, the Law Library has two defibrillators: one by the 1st floor elevator and one out side the Library entrance, under the message board.

Cleaning Supplies:  For life’s little messes, the Circulation desk has an assortment of cleaning supplies you may borrow at your convenience.

Study Room Reservations:  Law Library Study Room reservations can be made at the Circulation desk.  If you want to make sure a study room is available for you at the time you need it, come by the Circulation desk and reserve the room you need.

Last but most importantly, the Circulation desk has Answers!  If you need help, but are not sure where to go or who can help; the Circulation Desk staff can help!  Ask, and the Circulation desk staff will either provide you the answer or connect you with the person who can help.