Friday, October 21, 2016

Learning to Learn Smarter through Cognitive Psychology

It’s not about working harder; it’s about working smarter.  Louis Schulze’s recent posts in the faculty lounge blog provide scientifically based practical advice to make your studying more effective.   Posts so far cover retrieval practice, metacognitions and self-regulated learning, spaced repetition, and cognitive schema theory.  Read them and improve your law school performance.

Illustration by Enokson made available under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Friday, October 14, 2016

From Justis to JustisOne

Justis Publishing, the London-based legal information provider behind Justis and JustCite----two leading databases for UK legal research, has unveiled its newest research platform----JustisOne. This new “intelligent” research platform has greatly expanded the content of its predecessor, Justis, and will become an online legal library with “one of the largest collections of case law and legislation ever assembled” from countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. As the go-to place for UK legal research, JustisOne provides UK case law from 1855 onward and statutes from 1235 onward.

In addition to “more content”, JustisOne has also packed the new research platform with enhanced features and made it easier for users to find, analyze, and understand the law. JustisOne incorporates features from JustCite, a citator service that helps researchers identify the relationships between case law and legislation. Other features such as categorization, precedent map, sourcelink, and multiview are designed to give researchers more efficiency in the legal research process, better control of the navigation and deeper insights into the materials.

A long-term subscriber of Justis and JustCite, BC Law Library is currently in negotiation with Justis Publishing to upgrade its subscription to JustisOne. BC Law community is expected to have full access to JustisOne by the end of October.

State tax coverage: comprehensive and impartial

Undocumented workers' impact on the Texas state tax system, Massachusetts' solar energy tax credits, a challenge to Connecticut's hospital tax - all these topics and more are covered in the latest issue of State Tax Notes.  This electronic journal provides the BC Law community with comprehensive and impartial coverage of state and local tax issues.  State Tax Notes joins our suite of Tax Notes titles,including International Tax Notes and Tax Notes. BC Law faculty and students may register for access by selecting Tax Notes from the Law Library's list of databases, following the registration prompt, then entering their BC e-mail and creating a unique password.  Questions? Please e-mail

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lexis and Westlaw--New Additions/Updates

Hello students!  Now that the semester is in full swing, we're sure you are putting your Lexis and Westlaw accounts to good use.  Here's a couple new features on each that you should check out:

Westlaw: Practice Point

Newly added to our BC subscription, Practice Point offers the expert resources available through Practical Law, but organized by task and practice area.  Great for transactional research and guidance.  Westlaw aims to give students and faculty the direction of Practical Law, the legal research of Westlaw, and time saving tools in one easily searchable and accessible place.

Lexis: Search Term Maps

Have you noticed that the results screen looks a bit different when you are searching for case law in Lexis?  Read more about this new way of displaying case search results to get more information faster before actually opening a case.

In addition, Lexis has released a new mobile app available for download on your smartphone.  Legal research is at your fingertips--literally.

Friday, September 30, 2016

International Law Movies

Take a break with Ben Affleck, Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Tom Hanks, Leonardo Dicaprio, Nicolas Cage, Rachel Weisz and other stars in these international law themed movies in our collection!

1. Argo (Iran Hostage Crisis)
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2. The Reader (War Crimes)
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3. The Ghost Writer (War Crime, International Criminal Court)
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4. Hotel Rwanda (Genocide in Rwanda)
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5. Captain Phillips (Piracy)
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6. Blood Diamond (Conflict Diamond)
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7. Lord of War (Arms Dealing)
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8. Bridge of Spies (Cold War)
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9. The Constant Gardener (Diplomacy)
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10. Judgment at Neremberg (Nuremberg Trial, War Crime)
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Constitution Day and Citizenship Day!

In honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day today, the U.S. courts are streaming live video of civics lessons offered during naturalization ceremonies.  Sites will include Ellis Island and the Lincoln Memorial.  Coverage begins at 10:45 ET and can be viewed here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ravel Law - Free access available to law students

As a law student, you have free access to Ravel Law, a legal research tool.  Ravel has a unique data visualization feature to illustrate relationships among a series of case law cites - see the illustration here taken from Ravel's site.  Ravel uses analytics technology to display information and enhance retrieval.  Interested in applying for a clerkship - you can use the Judge Analytics feature to learn more about judges in your target areas. Sign up for a free law school account on the Ravel site.