Thanksgiving and Exam Hours

Thanksgiving by Flickr user martha_chapa95

Image by Flickr user martha_chapa95

Just so you know, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the next few weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period. During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 23rd & Tuesday, Nov. 24th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26th – Saturday, Nov. 28th: Closed

We will reopen for regular hours on November 29th and November 30th.

We will be open until midnight during the exam period, from December 1st through December 15th. (Remember, you can call a safety escort when you are here late studying!)

After the exam period, we will again have reduced hours until the winter break, as follows:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16th & Thursday, Dec. 17th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 18th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Along with the rest of the University, we will be closed for winter break from December 19th through January 3rd, and will reopen on January 4th.

As always, you can keep up with changes to our hours by checking out our calendar.

LinkedIn Tips for Law Students

by Catherine Schutz

image by flickr user The_Seafarer

image by flickr user The_Seafarer

LinkedIn is quickly becoming one of the most powerful online tools for job searches and professional networking. Using LinkedIn, there are plenty of opportunities for showing off your experience and skills, and connecting with colleagues. But how can you make your profile competitive, and is there any specific advice for law students? Here are some of the best tips and tricks from around the web:


How to write your profile:

  1. Make your profile public! Since one of the main reasons for joining LinkedIn is to connect with others, now is not the time to hide your profile.
  2. Include a photo of yourself – but make sure it is professional looking. The same picture you use on Facebook or Instagram may not be suitable for LinkedIn. If necessary, get together with a fellow law student and take pictures in suits in front of a plain background.
  3. Create a personalized URL – your default URL in LinkedIn will be a string of numbers. But you can change your URL under Public Profile in LinkedIn. Most suggest changing it to
  4. Using the short introductory summary can be a powerful way of introducing yourself and explaining your career goals.
  5. Your LinkedIn profile should not be exactly like your resume. It’s OK to use more colloquial and friendly language on LinkedIn than you would in your resume.

How to connect with others:

  1. Send personalized contact requests. Don’t use LinkedIn’s generic language of “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Instead change it to specifics of how you know this person.
  2. Connecting with people on LinkedIn is important, and it’s good to extend your connections to 2nd and 3rd degree connections. Using the “People You May Know” can be helpful with this. But quality is always more important than quantity, and beware of accepting (or sending) connection requests from people you don’t know.
  3. You can also use LinkedIn to search for GSU College of Law alumni. Use the “Advanced People Search” and type in “Georgia State University College of Law” into the “School” box.
  4. As a law student, beware of conflicts of interest. By connecting with judges, experts or opposing counsel, you may be creating a conflict of interest for a firm that wants to hire you.
  5. Consider asking for recommendations from people you’ve worked with through LinkedIn.

How to make the most of groups:

  1. Using groups on LinkedIn can be a good way of connecting with contacts and learning about legal news.
  2. Some particularly good groups to check out as a law student:
    1. ABA Young Lawyers Division
    2. E-Legal
    3. Law Student Career Network
    4. LAW Jobs

For more tips and tricks, see these articles:

Goodbye and Thank You From Austin and Deborah

After 5 wonderful years at Georgia State Law Library, Austin Williams and Deborah Schander are moving on to new positions.

Austin will soon be the new Assistant Law Library Director at North Carolina Central University. His last day is today, Nov. 6. Deborah will be starting as Research Services Librarian / Lecturer in Law at Vanderbilt University’s law library. Her last day is next Friday, Nov. 13.

Austin and Deborah started work at Georgia State Law Library on Aug. 9, 2010, sharing responsibilities as Student Services Librarians. For both of them, one of the highlights of their time at Georgia State has been working with students, both formally in class and informally at trainings, giving away free coffee, and chatting in the hallways. They are both thankful for all the wonderful memories.

And now, enjoy a quick photo timeline of their tenure here at Georgia State.


Posing for a fake reference interview shortly after their arrival in 2010

Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2011

Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2011

Austin learning how to wrap presents for the first time in 2012

Austin learning how to wrap presents for the first time in 2012

Standing behind Dean Kaminshine at the 2013 class reunion (fun fact: it didn't matter where in the room they were standing, Deborah and Austin always wound up behind the Dean when he was giving his speech at the reunion)

Standing behind Dean Kaminshine at the 2013 class reunion (fun fact: it didn’t matter where in the room they were standing, Deborah and Austin always wound up behind the Dean when he was giving his speech at the reunion)

Kicking off the 2013 Mario Kart Tournament

Kicking off the 2013 Mario Kart Tournament


Hanging out at the new law building groundbreaking in 2013

At their farewell party in 2015

At their farewell party in 2015

We will miss you, Georgia State.

Remember, Remember … the Leisure Collection

by John Evans

image by Flickr user gato-gato-gato

image by Flickr user gato-gato-gato

“Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and plot. I can think of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.” Guy Fawkes, anarchist hero or misunderstood historic figure? I don’t know. Either way, it makes for a pretty good movie. Speaking of movies, have you checked out the library leisure collection of movies? From the classic court room drama Perry Mason to the modern political drama House Of Cards; from a British comedy like Monty Python and the Holy Grail to dystopian sci-fi thriller The Hunger Games, this collection has something for everyone.  The movies can be checked out for one week and are located on the fifth floor of the library. As you exit the elevators continue straight ahead until you pass the IT help desk and are standing by the printers. Turn left, and the leisure collection is on the far wall.

“But Mr. Evans,” you might say, “I have no time for leisure. Do you not know that I am a Law Student? I must study all day.” Well, I say to you, leisure is an important part of life. Without leisure you might, like V, the eponymous hero of V for Vendetta, become too fixed on just one goal. So “Remember, Remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and plot, take a break for a show, so your focus won’t go, and all your law dreams are forgot.”

Legal Grounds & Miss Demeanor’s Cafe now open

LegalGroundsNov2015On Friday, October 30th, the smell of fresh coffee wafted through the atrium for the first time when Legal Grounds made its debut. The coffee bar, located on the ground level of the College of Law, will be open Monday – Friday, 8am – 2pm. Legal Grounds sells coffee, soft drinks, baked goods and snacks. On the same day, Miss Demeanor’s Cafe opened on the 5th level. The Cafe will be open Monday – Friday, 11am – 6:15pm. They have a selection of salads, sandwiches, baked goods, snacks, coffee and other beverages, and a soup of the day. The cafe is located adjacent to the 5th floor terrace so you can enjoy your meal with a little Vitamin D…after it stops raining.

Visit Georgia’s historic constitutions

Did you know that the State of Georgia is currently operating under its 10th constitution?  That is a lot of serious writing and revision for our state to keep up with the times.  Remember, a constitution is a foundational document that establishes the government and defines its powers and the rights of the people who are governed. We are currently governed under the 1983 constitution.

The Georgia Archives, located in Morrow, Georgia, recently announced an exhibition containing six of the ten constitutions!  These constitutions are not normally available for viewing all together, so this is a special opportunity.  The exhibit closes on November 13.

The display includes the the constitution of 1789, which gave the Georgia government a structure more parallel to the then recently created federal government.  When Georgia returned to the United States following the Civil War, the state was required to promulgate a new constitution–the constitution of 1868, which is also on view.  In addition to the constitutions, there are some supporting documents included in the exhibition.

When a new constitution is considered, there is often a constitutional convention which is followed by a referendum.  This means that elected officials have a meeting to draft a proposed constitution, agree on the proposed language, and then ask the people to vote on the proposal to approve (or disapprove) the constitution.  The transcripts of the Select Committee on Constitutional Revision, 1977-1981 (culminating in the 1983 constitution) are available through the Georgia Government Publications database.

Tomorrow’s Scholarship Today

facultypubs-300x200Want to read the latest legal scholarship before it is actually published? If you answered yes, then the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is your ticket to paradise. Scholars from around the world submit abstracts and upload working papers on SSRN prior to publication in books, journals, and magazines.

In addition to staying abreast of current developments, you can also use SSRN to follow the scholarship of faculty at your own institution. You can access the working papers of the Georgia State University College of Law faculty by going to our SSRN Research Paper Series webpage, Georgia State University College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series.