Tuesday, November 27, 2012

LexisNexis offers free online issue-spotting game

LexisNexis is offering an online examination preparation game, CaseLawGame, free to law students with Lexis Advance passwords.  The game gives students the opportunity to practice efficient, analytical reading and issue-spotting skills in a timed setting.  To play the game, students create a profile, select a topic and case, read the case on Lexis Advance, then identify the issues in the case.  Students are scored and scores are ranked nationally and within one's school.  Participating students can see the scores and usernames of the top 25 players nationally and the top 25 players within one's school.  Participating students can also see how their individual scores vary by subject.  Subjects included in the game are:  torts, contracts, criminal law, civil procedure, property and constitutional law.  This game will likely benefit 1Ls who are motivated by competition.  It reinforces efficient use of case reporter features such as summaries, core terms, headnotes and holdings to gain a better understanding of the case and to navigate within the text of a case.

Monday, November 26, 2012

International Justice Resource Center -- Human Rights Research Portal

In January 2011, a group of human rights defenders founded the International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) to empower advocates and individuals to make use of the protections offered by the international human rights system .  The IJRC maintains an unique, online human rights resource portal which includes an overview of universal, regional and national systems for humanitarian law, with links to the following:
  • websites of international human rights courts, commissions and organizations
  • international human rights instruments (treaties and international agreements)
  • global, regional and topical case databases for human rights research
  • journals and databases for human rights articles
  • human rights conditions reports of inter-governmental monitoring bodies, individual governments and NGOs
  • a growing collection of thematic research guides

Friday, November 16, 2012

Prepare to Practice with Legal research classes for Spring 2013

Want to learn how to mine court dockets for sample pleadings or figure out the best database to use to update regulations?  Take a legal research class this spring to learn this and much more.  The BC Law reference librarians teach a wide variety of courses that will make your life as a researcher much less stressful and much more productive and efficient.

This spring, you can choose either Advanced Legal Research or a subject-specific research class in the area of  Insurance & Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property or Criminal Law.  Advanced Legal Research will cover many topics essential for practice-readiness such as finding regulations, agency decisions, ordinances and court rules.  If you are interested in a career as a litigator either Insurance & Civil Litigation or Criminal Law is a great choice.

If you have questions, please stop and chat with the reference librarians--we will be staffing a table outside the library on Monday and Tuesday. A complete list of offerings, with full descriptions, is available here.

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