The Law Library’s primary aims are to develop its collections and to support the research and instructional needs of both students and faculty within the law school. The library also serves the legal information needs of the expanded university, practicing members of the bar, and the public at large when needed, providing expert information access and expert research assistance to all who request it.
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Hi, I’m Kyle, and I’m majoring in Prelaw and Business. Growing up, I aspired to be an attorney. My dad is a well-respected, law firm partner who specializes in tort law. I hope to someday obtain the respect he commands and the experience he has earned. To do so, I intend to work hard in school and score highly on my LSAT exam, as I move toward the position waiting for me at my dad’s firm.
I’ve been working on developing my basic research skills so that essay-writing will start to come a little more naturally for me. After all, strong research skills are paramount for the successful practice of law.
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Hi, I’m Penelope, and this is my first year in law school. Undergrad was not too difficult, but that’s definitely not the case with law school. Not only do I need to study harder than I ever have before, but I also need to figure out a specialty so I can focus my curriculum during my next two years.
I’ve been spending as much time as I can in the library to learn about the different fields of practice. Right now, I’m leaning toward family law. Being adopted myself, I know how hard the process can be and I want to support families both legally and emotionally; however, I’m not sure I’d want to take on custody cases, which is why I still haven’t finalized my specialty. Until I’m ready to make this decision, I will be here, at the library, learning as much as I can.
Greetings, I’m Stephen. I’ve always had a passion for the law and am delighted to be able to teach its complex and intriguing history to aspiring attorneys. Although I practiced for years, I find myself far more fulfilled being able to study and share the landmark cases that serve as the basis for how law is studied and practiced today.
It’s true that nothing can beat the feel and smell of an antique ledger in your hands; however, I’ve been using more and more digital sources in my teaching. Digital resources can be accessed by multiple users at a time, combed through using advanced search, and easily saved and cross-referenced, which makes them a fantastic asset to the classroom. I noticed widespread relief among my students when I finally decided to make the shift.
Hello, my name is Cho. I serve as librarian for the law library. My job entails locating rare and pertinent resources for legal researchers of all levels and then providing these resources to faculty, students, visiting scholars, and active practitioners. I study the materials in the library very closely so I can be prepared to answer specific, challenging, and high-level research queries, which means I need authoritative, high-level content that covers very specific specialties within the various sub-practices of law. Primary source assets and legal series—including case law reporters, treatises, and academic works—are especially useful in our library.
Our library is open early and closes late. It’s quiet, and, when needed, we must move very quickly to meet tight deadlines or obtain an obscure resource. Digital tools are, therefore, essential.
Hi, my name is Chantel. I’m in my final year of law school with an offer to join the prosecutor’s office after I graduate. I’ve been networking in the legal community and leveraging my high class ranking. I’ve also been given the opportunity to assist with active cases, which proves even more that being on the right side of criminal law is my calling.
I’m extremely busy between maintaining my grades, networking with practicing prosecutors, and assisting with the occasional cases. My top priorities are research and studying. Although I’m excited to get started, I have the rest of my life to practice the law. Right now, I need to focus on making the most of my in-school experience as I can. I often stay up late browsing books, journals, and digital resources to make sure I’m on top of my game—and that I stay there.
Hi, my name is Kyle. I’m a Pre-Law student.
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Hi, my name is Penelope. I’m a first-year Law student.
Hi, my name is Stephen. I’m a Professor of Law.
Hi, my name is Cho. I’m the Law Librarian.
Hi, my name is Chantel. I’m a third-year Law student.