The Library staff wishes our new entering class the very best of luck as you embark on your law school career. We are here to help you in using the Library and with its electronic and print resources. You will learn about some of these resources at your combined IT/Library orientation sessions next week.
Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law are three of the many electronic resources you will have access to while you are a student. These are the three major legal databases, and during your Fundamentals of American Law class, or your Case Reading Workshop next week, you will receive your Lexis and Bloomberg Law registration cards and your Westlaw password. Please follow the instructions on each of these items and register yourself in all three systems as soon as possible. Training sessions in Lexis and Westlaw will be held in September and in Bloomberg Law in the spring semester.
Reference assistance is available to you in person at the first floor reference desk, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by phone (718-780-7567) or by Live Chat from the Library homepage
We have several events planned for you this fall: two Bluebooking with Success Workshops and two Research Review Sessions in late October/early November and our 3rd Annual Legal Research Fair on September 30th. Stay tuned for more details about these events.
Best of luck and we’ll see you in the Library!
Bloomberg Law—Summer Access Policy:
All law students may continue to use their Bloomberg Law accounts during the summer without restriction for any type of research (for work, for class, etc.). Student accounts automatically stay active all summer.
Bloomberg Law— Access Policy for Graduating Law Students:
All law students’ Bloomberg Law accounts automatically remain active for six months after graduation.
Bloomberg Contact for Questions:
Erica Horton, Esq., Law School Relationship Manager, Bloomberg BNA, email@example.com, 1-800-542-1113 ext. 1884
LexisNexis—Summer Access Policy for 1Ls & 2Ls:
Law students may continue to use their Lexis Advance IDs for any purpose (including work performed at a law firm, corporation or government agency). This includes unlimited access to all legal content and news available through current law student IDs.
LexisNexis—Access Policy for Graduating Law Students:
Graduating law students can register for Graduate Program IDs that will extend their access beyond graduation. The access for graduates ends at the end of December (12/31/2014). To learn more, visit http://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
LexisNexis Contact for Questions:
Mary Beth Drain, Esq., Account Executive, LexisNexis, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell 845-598-3203
Westlaw—Summer Access Policy for 1Ls & 2Ls:
Westlaw will extend 1L & 2L passwords for:
• Summer law school classes
• Law review and journal work
• Moot court work
• A project for a professor
• An unpaid intern/externship or pro bono work required for graduation.
If a student is being paid for summer work or an internship, then the student is not eligible for Westlaw’s summer extension. To extend passwords, students can click on the banner on the http://lawschool.westlaw.com site that says “Need Your Westlaw Password this summer” and indicate the reason for the extension. If students do not complete the online summer extension form, they will receive a set number of hours of Westlaw usage for June and July. If they exceed those hours, then they will see a warning screen indicating that their summer access is limited unless they complete the summer extension form.
Westlaw—Access Policy for Graduating Law Students:
Graduating law students can extend their passwords to have the same level of access to WestlawNext as they did as students for up to six months after graduation. The access for graduates ends at the end of November (11/30/2014).
Instructions for graduating students to extend passwords:
1. Log on to http://lawschool.westlaw.com
2. Click “Rewards”
3. Click “My Messages”
4. Look for the extension email with link in the inbox
a. If not in the inbox, click “Deleted/Archived Items” and the email should be there.
Westlaw Contact for Questions:
Stefanie Efrati, Esq., Academic Account Manager, Thomson Reuters, email@example.com, 212-548-7432
If students at Brooklyn Law School are frustrated with legal research systems, they are not alone. In a blog post called The Legal Research System of the Future, New Jersey lawyer, technologist, and author John Miano has put together an interesting series of videos about his frustration with legal research systems. In them, he relates that from his initial encounters in law school with Westlaw and Lexis, he has been saving ideas on how these systems could be improved. The series of videos presents these concepts in the hope that someone will build a legal research system that is more than a Google box on top of a legal database.
The videos are available below.
Part I: Content Formatting
Just reading content in a legal research system is a chore. This video addresses how content should be formatted in a legal research system. A link to this Scientific American article that addresses the background of some of the issues raised in the Part I.
Part II: An Irreverent Look at the Legal Research Market
This is a humorous look at the stagnation in the legal research market. It explains why there is now an opening for a new legal research system.
Part III: The System Canvas
How the Legal Research System of the Future should use the system canvas from a customer perspective.
Part IV: Citations and Citators
The central theme of this latest vided is that a legal publisher does not need an army of editors to produce the best citator on the market.
All three of the research platforms available to Brooklyn Law School students provide students access over the summer. However, there are different steps that students must take to keep their passwords activated, and some limitations do apply.
Bloomberg is offering students full access to BloombergLaw.com all summer with no academic use restriction. This means that students are able to use all of the available resources on the BloombergLaw.com platform even when performing research in their summer jobs. Passwords can be obtained by contacting our Bloomberg Account Manager, Pamela Haahr. For students who need some additional training on Bloomberg, three Prepare to Practice trainings are coming up on Tuesday, April 3rd, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesday, April 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, and Tuesday, April 17th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, all in Room 603. To reserve a spot, email Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Bloomberg Law Training.”
All students will automatically receive 40 hours of Westlaw and WestlawNext usage this June and July. For additional access to Westlaw and WestlawNext over the summer, students just need to register at www.lawschool.westlaw.com. Look for the image that says “Need Westlaw this summer” and follow the instructions to register. Academic use only restrictions apply for summer. Passwords may NOT be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework. Students graduating this year can extend their passwords by following the special link for graduates. in addition
LexisNexis will be offering students full access to Lexis Advance all summer for educational use only. To participate in this program, students need to have a registered Lexis Advance ID. This is a separate and different ID from the standard Lexis.com ID. Lexis Advance Summer Access does not include international content. Students that need access to specific content available only on Lexis.com (i.e. international materials) can content our LexisNexis Account Executive, Megan Cowden, at email@example.com