Category Archives: Need to Know

Are you Tech Savvy enough? Are you sure?

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!

Library Hours this Summer

New summer Library hours begin tomorrow (Thursday, 30th).

The Library will be open until 8pm every night.  The 1st floor of the Library will be open from 8pm-11pm after the rest of the Library closes each day. Library policies are still in effect during these hours.

The Reference Desk hours will be from noon-6pm on Monday-Thursday, and noon-4pm on Fridays.

 

Library Summer Exam & Bar Hours

During the increased tensions of summer exams and the Bar, please remember to be considerate of yourself and others. If you have any difficulties with the atmosphere in the Library, please ask for assistance.

The Library will have extended hours for the weekend before summer exams and the Bar (July 20th – July 22nd). The Library and Reference Desk Hours are posted at: http://www.fcsl.edu/ltc/ltc-hours.

Library Summer Exam Hours (July 20 – July 22)
Friday                            7:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday                        9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday                          9:00am – Midnight

Reference Desk Summer Reading Days & Exam Hours (July 19 – July 26)
Monday – Wednesday    10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Friday          10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday                        Noon – 3:00pm
Sunday                          3:00pm – 6:00pm
Other Times                   Email refdesk@fcsl.edu to schedule an appointment.

Lawyers answer law student questions.

The latest issue of the ABA Student Lawyer has lawyers answers to common student questions. A 1L student wanted to know which classes to take. Legal Research and Writing courses got the highest recommendation, with Skill courses coming in second. A 2L student asked about how to network, and got some great advice. And another student asked if it is realistic to hang a shingle right out of law school. Read the article for all of the questions and answers – one of the students may have asked your question! Ask Us Anything: Lawyers Answer Your Toughest Questions by G.M. Filisko.

P.S. This post isn’t as whimsical as we usually are on Wednesday, but it is important.

Summer Westlaw/Lexis access – NOT automatic

Students and Alumni do not have continued access to Westlaw/WestlawNext and Lexis.com over the summer without taking affirmative steps to extend access. The criteria for summer access are set forth below categorized by continuing student or graduate.

Continuing Students:
Westlaw
Full access to Westlaw will end on May 31st for the summer.  If you are enrolled and earning class credit this summer, in Law Review, working on Moot Court, or a summer faculty research assistant you can extend your Westlaw password for the summer by logging into Westlaw and click on the banner “Westlaw Password Extension?” Please note that Westlaw is only available to those working for a non-profit organization if you are receiving course credit and are not receiving pay.

Lexis
If you are enrolled and earning class credit this summer, in Law Review, working on Moot Court, earning Pro Bono hours for the Certificate, or a summer faculty research assistant, you can extend your full Lexis.com password for the summer by logging into Lexis and clicking on the “continue summer access” box. If you have not extended your access by May 31st, your access will be “limited.” However, you can still extend your access anytime during the summer and your access will be restored to regular access within a few hours. Your Lexis Advanced access will remain active with no action on your part.

Emails from Westlaw/Lexis
If you don’t want to receive emails from Westlaw and Lexis (and you are), please “Update” your password profile in Westlaw or “Manage your Account” in Lexis.

Alumni (Graduates):
Congratulations to our graduating students. Here is some Alumni and Summer Access Information.

Alumni Coastal Library Access
Alumni have FULL access (except for databases that require personal passwords) to the LTC for two semesters (ex. Summer and Fall semesters) after graduation. At the end of the second semester, we ask you to register as an Alumnus. See the full policy for more information about our continued services to alumni click here.

Lexis
You can extend full access to Lexis.com through the summer by logging into Lexis and clicking on the “continue summer access” box. If you have not extended your access by May 31st, your access will be “limited.” However, you can still extend your access anytime during the summer and your access will be restored to regular access within a few hours. All graduates’ IDs will be deactivated on August 1st. Your last day to earn LexisNexis points is May 31st and you must spend these points by July 31, 2012. Your Lexis Advanced access will remain active through the end of July with no action on your part.

Westlaw
Starting June 1, 2012, Westlaw student passwords are “active” for one year post graduation, but only for “Job-Related” databases. “Job-Related” is essentially the West Legal Directory, AFJ, Profiler-ALL and a handful of other directories. If a graduate tries to access anything else, they will get “not available under your subscription” message.

If you would like to have access to Westlaw to study for the bar in June and July, you must register for a Graduate Password. To request a Graduate Password, click on the ad for “continue summer access box” that displays when you logon at Westlaw. Students who register for a Graduate Password will have 10 hours of Westlaw per month (10 hours in June and 10 hours in July) to help them prepare for the bar.  Westlaw points for May graduates will expire on June 30th.