Bar Prep Notary Public – UPDATED

image by flickr user Louise Python

image by flickr user Louise Python

Attention 3Ls!

The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions no longer requires your paperwork to be notarized — so rather than offer you free notaries as we’d originally planned, we’ll be offering free coffee instead. Stop by the Conference Room during the following times for a free jolt of caffeine.

Where: Library Conference Room (Room 101)


Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10 am-2 pm

Monday, Nov. 17, 10 am-1 pm

Monday, Nov. 17, 5-6 pm


Pro Bono: Give Back before You Graduate

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Image by flickr user networkosaka

In honor of ABA’s Pro Bono week (Oct. 19-25), here is some information about the many opportunities in which you can gain hands-on experience helping your community while still in law school.

In order to help you gain real world experience prior to your swearing-in ceremony, GSU offers a number of clinics open to 2Ls and 3Ls. Many of these clinics will provide you an opportunity to work towards graduating with Highest Distinction through the Pro Bono Recognition Program.

Click on the links below for information about each clinic:

GSU Clinic and Experiential Opportunities Comparison Chart 2014

GSU Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program 2014

GSU Externship Program 2014

GSU Fundamentals of Law Practice 2014

GSU Health Legislation & Advocacy I & II 2014

GSU Health Law Partnership HeLP Clinic 2014

GSU Investor Advocacy Clinic 2014

GSU Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic 2014

GSU Capital Defender Clinic 2014

GSU Urban Fellows Program 2014

Links that may interest you:



Welcome! Things to know…

Image downloaded from Wikimedia Commons

Image downloaded from Wikimedia Commons

Welcome Law Students and Faculty!

What a special fall semester for all of us. This time next year those of us who haven’t graduated will be bustling around our new building, learning our way to the new classrooms, and trying to find the closest and best place to eat. Those of us in the library will most likely be in shock from all the natural light we’ll be exposed to in our glassy, penthouse digs…but that’s a year away. Let’s focus on the here and now and accomplish what’s at hand- the first week of classes!

Here are a couple things you may be interested in knowing:

Locker Rental (Law Students Only)  /  $35  /  Apply online here:

Fridge (Law Students Only)  /  2nd floor  /  See 4th floor receptionist with your PantherCard to get the combination

Microwave  /  2nd & 6th floors

Software [Microsoft Suite, etc.]  (ALL GSU students, faculty, staff)  /  FREE  /

Printing from your laptop or phone (GSU Students Only)  /  Instructions available here:

Textbooks  / On reserve at Law Library Circulation Desk  /  3 hrs at a time

Study Rooms (Law Students Only)   /  To reserve rooms visit:   Events tab > Study Room Reservations  /  Visit Law Library Circulation Desk to check out key

Study Aids to help you better understand your coursework  /  lower level Law Library, near the Reference Desk

We hope you have a great first week, and be forewarned, the rest of the school starts back on Monday!

Ace the Interview and Get a Job

Image by Flickr User Erin Webb, modified by Emily Williams

Image by Flickr user Erin Webb, modified by Emily Williams

With the big Career Fair coming up next week (Tuesday, July 29), I know many of you have interviews. Are you starting to get a little nervous but doing your best to ignore the jitters? Honestly, the best approach to the process is to not ignore the butterflies but control them. How do you do that? By tackling it head-on, taking the bull by the horns, showing those butterflies who’s boss…by preparing for the interview.

What can you do?

Several days before the interview, have your suit dry-cleaned, and start researching the firm. Find out who they are, what they do, and really dig deep to determine what it is they’ll expect of you in this position. Compile a list of questions to ask them.

Also, review questions that they may ask you during the interview. Think through your answers- every word you would use. Practice out loud. Practice again. Become so familiar with the questions AND your responses that your day-of-interview nerves won’t derail you.

Remember to pick up your suit from the dry cleaners.

The night before or day of the interview, be sure to have several copies of your resume printed out and ready to distribute at the meeting if necessary. Do what helps you relax and build your confidence- exercise, listen to music, play a video game. Remember to stay positive about yourself and your abilities. You made it / are making it through law school- you can do this!

Definitely, always, show up to the interview site early. Think 30 minutes early. Do NOT be late. Pad your schedule that day with time to travel to the site with plenty of room to spare to use the restroom, find the office, and read over your resume for that last reminder of your accomplishments.

Exude Confidence. If you’re prepared, this will be easier. The butterflies may still be there, but they are now somewhat under your control.

Here are some resources that will give you more detailed recommendations on questions to ask, how to answer their questions, and other related info.


Georgia State University, Law Career Services Website: (-GSU Law Students only).

Acing the Law Firm Interview:

How to Excel in Law Firm Interviews:


Georgia State University, Law Career Services Interview Handbook (2010):

Nail your law job interview : the essential guide to firm, clerkship, government, in-house, and lateral interviews By Natalie Prescott (2009):

Sweaty Palms : the neglectful art of being interviewed By H. Anthony Medley (2005):

The legal job interview : winning the law-related job in today’s market By Clifford R. Ennico (2008):

The insider’s guide to getting a big firm job : what every law student should know about interviewing By Erika M. Finn & Jessica T. Olmon (2009):


Finals? Again?!: Study Aids for You



Finals are just around the corner, and the Law Library has a few things that might help you with your studies. As you may remember, we have Law in the Flash Cards, Audio Lectures, and a number of books like Examples & Explanations (E&Es), Questions & Answers, Nutshells, and others. All are available for check-out. Stop by the circulation or reference desks for more info. Remember, these finals will put you one step closer to graduation!

Here’s a list of what we have to help you in the coming month:

Flash Cards (3 hours)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Real Property

AudioCDs / Lectures (3 days)

  • Con Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sale and Lease of Goods
  • Secured Transactions

Study Aids / Book Form (new=3 hrs or old=1 week)

  • BioEthics / Call # KF3821
  • Con Law / Call # KF4546
  • Family Law / Call # KF501
  • Federal Income Taxation / Call # KF6351
  • Insurance Law / Call # KF1146
  • Professional Responsibility / Call # KF305
  • Real Estate Transactions / Call # KF665
  • Sales / Call # KF911
  • Secured Transactions / Call # KF388



Just Go.

Image by flickr user Sandcastlematt

Image by flickr user Sandcastlematt

It’s summer. The days are long, and the nights are cool(er).

Take some time to enjoy yourself. Do something out of the ordinary. Try new food. Explore a new part of town. Drive all night and see the sun rise on the beach.

Again, it’s summer. It doesn’t have to be all about Con Law, externships, and bar prep.

Have Fun.

Need suggestions?


Art in the Library: Die Fuchse (The Fox)

Die Fuchse, 1913 (The Fox)

Die Fuchse, 1913 (The Fox)

Venture up the steps into the “quiet zone” and you’ll find Die Fuchse (The Fox) gracing the wall to your right. This piece was created by painter and printmaker, Franz Marc, in 1913. Marc often used animals as subjects in his expressionistic, almost abstract, style and used a “well-defined symbology of colour” in which red, yellow, and blue represented specific emotions. He was heavily influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, the Cubists, Expressionists, Henry Matisse, and later Vasily Kandinsky.

Franz Marc, 1910

Franz Marc, 1910

In 1910, Marc met Kandinsky and became a member of the New Artists’ Association (Neue Künstlervereinigung München). In 1911, this group split and Marc and Kandinsky formed The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), an association of German Expressionist artists that hosted exhibitions in Munich and edited and published The Blue Rider Almanac in 1912. It was during this time that his work became more abstract, as seen in The Fox. His work evolved from round, impressionistic pieces to paintings with more “faceted space and forms”, in an attempt to “express the brutal power and timorous fragility” of animals.

In 1914, at the outbreak of World War I, Marc immediately enlisted. He died in combat 2 years later near Verdun-sur-Meuse, France.



Der Traum, 1912 (The Dream)

Der Traum, 1912 (The Dream)

Art in the Library : The Library


The Library, 1960 by Jacob Lawrence
Link to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

If you’ve ever printed anything at the printers in the alcove, you may have noticed this print. At first glance, it’s a blur of brown blocks with swashes of blue and red and green mixed in. It’s not until you focus on it do you see people bent over books and newspapers, reading and studying. Some even look like they’re napping. It’s actually a common scene when you wander through the library on a Monday afternoon. Most every chair is full, and people are struggling to maintain concentration or furiously write a paper.

Jacob Lawrence is one of my personal favorite artists. I took an African American Art class as an undergrad and was really captivated by his work. He would create a series of paintings (included 30-40, even 60 pieces) that would tell a story, most about people or events significant to African American history. They included Toussaint L’Ouverture, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, life in Harlem, the post-World War I migration, and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Jacob Lawrence, Originally photographed by Geoffery Clements. Featured on the Smithsonian American Art Museum website.

“I paint the things I know about and the things I have experienced. The things I have experienced extend into my national, racial and class group. So I paint the American scene.” ~Jacob Lawrence

Born in Atlantic City in 1917, he moved with his family to Harlem in 1930. He started taking art classes as a teenager at the 135th Street Branch Library. His skills and talent developed, and he became a key player in the Harlem Renaissance, mingling with other greats like Langston Hughes, August Savage, and Aaron Douglas. He secured a position with the WPA Federal Art Project which helped him through the Depression. He continued to paint, teach, and explore the world until his death in 2000.

Lawrence dubbed his style “dynamic cubism” and he approached his work systematically. When working on a series, he would complete the preliminary drawings for the entire series, lay out the paintings across the studio, and then paint one color at a time on each piece. Doing so would bring consistency and cohesion to the series. I imagine working this way enabled him to maintain the vision of the entire project without getting fixated and lost on one smaller aspect of the entire story he was conveying.

“My work is abstract in the sense of having been designed and composed, but it is not abstract in the sense of having no human content . . . [I] want to communicate. I want the idea to strike right away.” ~Lawrence, 1945 interview, quoted in Wheat, Jacob Lawrence, American Painter, 1986

The Lovers, 1946

The Lovers, 1946


Art in the Law Library: Cloud and Sea

Photo of Exhibition Poster at the Art Institute of Chicago by Lori L. Stalteri

Photo of Exhibition Poster at the Art Institute of Chicago by Lori L. Stalteri

By Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), Cloud and Sea (1964) is a piece you may have seen in the 130s study area/Reading Room. The original is 30×60 inches and is porcelain enamel on steel. Lichtenstein is one of the leading artists in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. This modern art explores the imagery of everyday, American consumer culture. The artists of this style looked to advertisements, packaging (think Andy Warhol’s famous soup can), celebrity photos, and comic strips. Lichtenstein was inspired by advertisements and comic books, specifically DC Comics’ All-American Men of War, Girls Romances, and Secret Hearts.

[Pop Art] is an involvement with what I think to be the most brazen and threatening characteristics of our culture, things we hate, but which are also powerful in their impingement on us.

– Roy Lichtenstein, quoted in Art News, November 1963

"Drowning Girl" by Roy Lichtenstein

“Drowning Girl” by Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein was born and raised in New York City and upon graduation from the Franklin School for Boys, he attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served in Europe during World War II, and upon his return he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State. He taught briefly at Ohio State before moving to Cleveland, Ohio where he worked as a window-display designer for a department, an industrial designer, and a commercial-art instructor. All the while, he worked on his art and held exhibitions in Cleveland and New York City. He later became an assistant professor of art at the State University of New York at Oswego and then assistant professor of art at Douglass College, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. It was during his professorial days that he began experimenting with his style and medium to what we are familiar with today.

Roy Lichtenstein Landscape

Roy Lichtenstein Landscape