Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I find information about government agencies?” Well, have we got some information for you! Most federal government information can be found through FDSys. Most Florida government information can be found through My Florida. More specific research details we can show you at our Administrative Law and Legislative History Workshops running from September 3rd through September 13th.
Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information? If you aren’t taking the Florida bar exam, maybe the character and fitness for another state? Maybe you are looking to get your Certified Legal Intern (CLI) clearance? If so, then do we have good news for you! The Library has put together a LibGuide full of resources to help you find the information required for the Character and Fitness portion of the Florida Bar and the CLI!
Take a look at this handy guide on the Library homepage under Resources and then LibGuides. Once in the Florida Coastal’s LibGuides site, look at the Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information LibGuide. It’s that easy!
Whether you are a new law student or a returning student, starting off the semester off on the right path is the best way to ensure success. Here are a few great tips:
• Go to Class
• Read for Class
• Take notes
• Review, Review, Review
• Attend Workshops
• Minimize Stress
• Get Help if You Need It
For the rest of the list, click here. Your Coastal Library has also created resources to assist you: The Law School Timeline, 1L Guide to Study Aids, and 2L & 3L Guide to Study Aids. So, our advice is take advantage or your resources, including your Library!
Did you get an iPad or Android tablet, or an iPhone or Android phone? Do you need to find legal apps to download on your iPad or Android device? Look no further than our catalog! We have the entire “in one hour” series from ABA, from Facebook to LinkedIn and iPad and Android Apps too! Search the catalog for “in one hour” and the entire list of titles will come up. It’s that easy!
Every Fall semester, the Library puts out a give-away cart full of books that students can have free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students have found copies of required textbooks, great study aids, and other valuable material on this cart. One per customer, please!
This Fall, we have more books to give away than ever before; so many we do not have enough book carts to hold them all. To make the process more manageable, we are having a contest. The prize: first crack at all the materials we are giving away. Not only do you get to see and select from our give-away books before everyone else, you can have as many books as you can carry by yourself, without the aid of a case or cart!
The give-away cart roll out date and contest rules will be announced on Facebook. Here is the Library Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook to start the contest ahead of the pack!
There has been a decent amount of press about Kia’s tech audit of their attorneys. Basically, they gave the attorneys they employed or were considering employing a test to see if they could do basic technical tasks. None of them passed. Not one. And Kia did not hire firms or paid them less based on their failure.
If you need to know how to do something technical – learn! There are literally thousands of tutorials available to you on the web for free. Search for things like how to Bates stamp documents video or how to use sort and filter using Excel video or how to use style and template in Word. Basically, look for tutorials on topics you don’t know about – Adobe and the Microsoft Office Suite are a good place to start. If you want more thoughts – look at a site you have to pay for to see what videos they offer. Then you can search for those types of videos or pay if you have to.
No matter how you do it, brush up on your tech skills early and often!
If you are like many law students, a few days after finals are over you start to become bored and look for things to do. You want to do something productive, but can’t bring yourself to jump into your textbook and start case briefing just yet. Why not take a look at the great legal information available on the American Bar Association website? The American Bar Association (ABA) has a Law Student division that highlights legal news geared towards law students. They have a calendar that lists writing competitions or other events that may interest you. They even have job boards and career building resources. It is a great place to keep up on your student legal news.
Not a member? For $25 for one year or $60 for three years you can join the Law Student Division. Did I mention members also receive discounts on ABA publications? Why are you waiting?
Many people love to read the juicy stories from tabloids and online gossip sites; however, yesterday a jury in Kentucky held one online site liable for defamation. CBSSports.com reported a jury awarded Sarah Jones over $300,000.00 in her defamation lawsuit against thedirty.com. The CBS story gives some background and facts about the case, but lawyers often want to know the details that can only be found in the court record.
To find the complaint, answer, motions, and other filings for this case, simply go to the government’s federal court website called PACER, which stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. Using PACER you can search the case and docket information for federal district and appellate court cases, as well as, bankruptcy cases. There is a small fee for viewing documents that is capped at $3.00 per document. Currently, if you do not view more than $15.00 worth of documents in a quarter your fee is waived.
The Library wishes you a fun, happy, and safe Independence Day.
For examples of how NOT to celebrate safely, check out the Darwin Awards website. Like many sites, they have a search box at the bottom of their homepage. The Advanced Search link describes how to search the site using Boolean connectors like “AND.”
Enter the term “fireworks” into the search box for some cautionary tales!
This is a question we get a lot! While you can always check the Bluebook, it’s not always straight forward. There are several books to help you in your quest to understand the Bluebook:
- User’s Guide to the Bluebook – at only 49 pages, this book is handy to keep in your Bluebook so you have more examples of common citations.
- Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook – many of you used this book as a first year, it helps to break-down the parts of citation and how to use the Bluebook.
- Cite-Checker: A Hands-on Guide to Learning Citation Form – this one has charts and graphs as well as practice questions and answers.
That’s all fine and dandy for law school, but what about citation in practice? In Florida, the state court practice rules are in the Rules of Appellate Procedure. You can generally find the court practice rules for citation at the court’s website, bar association website, or at LII (The Legal Information Institute).
Need the citation rules for another state? No problem! LII has you covered. Or do search for the state’s bar association or court website. Still can’t find it? You can always contact us at the reference desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.680.7612.
Have fun citing!