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Are You a 1L and Anxious About Finals? Check Out the BLS Library Study Aid Collection

Are you feeling nervous about exam preparation?  Come to the library and take a look at our 1L study aid collection.  Along with your own class outlines, these study aids can be very helpful with exam preparation.  Our collection includes Examples & Explanations, Nutshells, Understandings Series, and more.  Most of our study aids are on reserve behind the circulation desk.  See any member of our circulation staff to check out a study aid.

Want more information about the BLS study aid collection?  Visit our 1L Resources, Tips, and Tools legal research guide here: http://guides.brooklaw.edu/c.php?g=330909&p=2222538

Also, even though classes are over, keep in mind that reference librarians are still available at the reference desk to answer any of your research questions.

From all of us at the BLS library, best of luck on your exams!

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective New Lawyers

Right now, you are focused on being a highly effective law student so you can land a good job after you graduate.  Have you ever stopped to think, though, about what characteristics and qualities will help you to succeed after you accept your first legal position?  A recent Law360 article considers just this question and, after interviewing senior lawyers at a number of New York City law firms, offers the following list of 7 characteristics of highly effective newer lawyers:

1.  They Get and Stay Organized.  Effective associates ask assigning attorneys upfront about deadlines and create a running “to do” list showing tasks and due dates.  According to the article, this helps associates keep their focus when they might otherwise become distracted by more exciting, but less time sensitive, matters.

2.  They Respond Immediately.  Effective associates never wait to respond to a partner or a senior associate according to the attorneys interviewed for the article.  These associates make sure to acknowledge each task they are assigned (by a return phone call or email) even if they are unable to complete the task right away.  These associates also always provide realistic deadlines for when they will complete the work, so assigning attorneys can plan accordingly.

3.  They Research Even the Tiniest Details.  For the new litigating attorney, this may mean becoming familiar with the layout and AV capabilities of a courtroom prior to an appearance. Newer corporate lawyers may need to do online research about opposing counsel to help develop strategies that are likely to move the ball along in a marathon negotiating session.

4.  They Act Like They Already Have the Job They Want.  This one is simple, according the article; in order to act like you already have the job you want, try to step into the shoes of the attorney giving you the assignment.  Try to anticipate all of the things that need to be done to move a case or deal forward and formulate a plan to accomplish those objectives.  Also, if you can get a sense of your supervising attorney’s writing style, work habits, and billing practices, you can tailor your own work product to make it consistent with that style.

5.  They Anticipate.  According to the article, the best new associates are prepared to answer the questions a partner or client will raise even before they are asked.  In order to do this, associates must be thoroughly familiar with the facts and law of the issue they are working on. Also, advises the article, never tell a senior attorney about a problem without also offering possible solutions to solve that problem.

6.  They’re Always Looking for Connections.  Effective associates are continually on the lookout for new mentors, staff, and other associates that can help them succeed in their careers.  One way to cultivate this network and to achieve a higher profile at the firm, according to the interviewed attorneys, is to actually visit senior attorneys in their office with questions rather than sending an email or leaving a voicemail.  Just be sure to limit the duration of your visit; senior attorneys are happy to mentor junior associates but you must respect the great demands they have on their time.

7.  They Act as if They Work Alone.  Always act as if your work is going directly to a client or a judge and that there is nobody to catch your mistakes.  Even if a senior associate finds the mistakes in your work before it lands in the hands of a judge or client, you have damaged your reputation when you cannot be trusted to verify the accuracy of your own work product.

Want to read the whole article?  Find it at Law360 on Lexis Advance: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Associates http://www.law360.com/legalindustry/articles/584143.

Take Me Out to the Ball game!

On Saturday night, law librarians and professors Karen Schneiderman and Vicki Szymczak joined Professor Anita Bernstein and SBA president Paul Molina in a fun, 1L mixer at Coney Island sponsored by the SBA. The Cyclones game has become a tradition during convocation weekend, attracting larger and larger crowds of upper class and 1Ls. This year, we were a group of about 30 people. We tried to pay attention to the game (which the Cyclones ended up losing in the 10th inning, 2-1), but used the beautiful summer night on the shores of NYC to get to know each other better.

We learned that people came from faraway places like Michigan, and really local places like Sheepshead Bay. Many people had Macs and were sorry to learn Lexis and Westlaw are not really Mac friendly. We all hoped that Lexis and Westlaw would grow up soon.

We also learned that at least one of the new students hated research. Naturally, that student will become a personal project for librarians Schneiderman and Szymczak. I can’t really blame the student. He hasn’t yet had the opportunity to take an Advanced Legal Research class with the librarians yet. If he did, he would know how much fun research can be. And how useful. He is just a 1L. He’ll learn.

Adding to the fun were the “Survey” people. We aren’t sure what they were trying to learn, but if you took their survey, you received all kinds of food – fried chicken, french fries, etc. So, we were a well fed crew and were quite chatty after a few beers. When we weren’t eating or talking, playing with our thunder sticks (thanks Paul) and made lots of noise to cheer on our teams (not everyone was supporting the home team).

The night ended with a spectacular display of fireworks! We ooohed and aaahd at the sparks and colorful streamers. Part of the group headed over to the Cyclone roller coaster for more thrills! Others decided to walk the boardwalk and try their luck at the arcades. It was a fun night and I would like to thank the SBA for inviting the librarians! We’ll see the other 1Ls during orientation next week.