Tips for Starting Off the Fall Semester Right

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!

Check out these new additions to the Coastal Library collection!

We’ve added new books! To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in June and July 2013, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required). Continue reading

Have iPad, Will Lawyer

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!

Look for our Contest on Facebook!

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!

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!

Looking for some summer reading?

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?

Want to get the real dirt on thedirty.com’s loss to former Bengal’s cheerleader Sarah Jones? Check out PACER.

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.

Fireworks – Related Darwin Awards

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!

In the Library this Week (July 1th – July 7th)

Happy Birthday to the United States!  Have a happy and safe holiday!

Library Independence Day Weekend Hours (July 4th – July 6th)
Thursday (4th) CLOSED
Friday (5th) 10:00am – 6:00pm (No 1st Floor Additional Hours)
Saturday (6th) 10:00am – 6:00pm

Library  Hours
The Library Hours are kept up to date each day on the Library Homepage. The Reference Desk hours, 1st Floor Additional Hours, and the future hours of the Library are posted at http://www.fcsl.edu/ltc/ltc-hours.