MLK Holiday, Library Hours and Display

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To learn more about the origins of the holiday, check out our post on the topic.

As the birthplace of Dr. King, Atlanta has many events planned where you can commemorate the holiday, including free events at the MLK National Historic Site and an MLK Day 5K Drum Run. Here are a few articles that list some things to do in the area:

If you’re wondering what’s open or closed during the holiday, here’s an article that might help: MLK Day 2020: Here’s What’s Open, Closed In Atlanta by Andrea V. Watson, Patch Staff.

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Last (but not least), be sure to drop by and check out our current display of resources about Dr. King just past the Reference Desk. We have multiple resources that you can check out, such as A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice.

We hope you enjoy the holiday!

ALERT PROGRAM: SPRING 2020 LINEUP

The spring ALERT program topics and dates:

ALERTs Spring 2020

What is the Alert Program?

ALERT (Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology) is a non-credit program that provides law students with additional opportunities outside of the College of Law’s curriculum to learn legal research and technology skills.

By completing the ALERT Program, students can demonstrate to potential employers that they have obtained practice-ready skills. Students will earn digital badges, as well as a certificate upon graduation at Awards Day. Students have their entire law school term to complete the program.

Levels of Completion:

With Distinction: Complete 6 Topics
With High Distinction: Complete 8 Topics
With Highest Distinction: Complete 10 Topics

For more information, or to RSVP please see http://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/services/alert-program/.

Winter Break!

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Starting Saturday, December 21, 2019, the Law Library will be closed until January 6, 2020, for Winter Break.  The Law Library reopens on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 8 am.

Winter Break/Spring Semester Hours:

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019:  8am – 5pm
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020: Closed
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 – Friday, January 10, 2020:  8am – 6pm
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, January 12, 2020:  10am – 6pm
  • Monday, January 13, 2020: Spring Semester Begins, Regular Hours

For a complete list of library hours, including the list of hours we are open to the public, check the Law Library’s Hours.

Thanks for a great semester. If you’re looking for something to read during break, check out our post on winter reading suggestions!

We hope you all have a wonderful break!

Thanksgiving & Exam Hours

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Image by Flickr user Cathy Liu

As usual, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period.

During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 25th & Tuesday, Nov. 26th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 28th – Saturday, Nov. 30th: Closed

We will reopen for extended hours on December 1st through December 18th. During the exam period, the building is closed to those not affiliated with the College of Law.  Since we are open until midnight, do remember you can call a safety escort when you are here studying late.

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

  • Thursday, December 19th & Friday, December 20th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The above is also on our calendar.

If you’re traveling, we wish you safe travels! Remember that our online study aids have Audiobooks available via West Academic – the Law School Legends and Sum and Substance Audio Series. Those study aids, along with the ones from Wolters Kluwer, are available online on our Study Aids page.

Need a break?

By Trina Holloway, Head of Collection Services

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You have been in law school for almost two months now, and you may be thinking, “when is the next break?” Well, the next break is not until November, but, there are several ways the law library can assist in helping you to take law exams and papers off your mind for just a few minutes.

 

“Professor Fowke plays multiple games while RBG watches on…”

Did you know the Law Library has a wonderful “Leisure” collection? It’s a perfect opportunity to read about something other than Torts, Constitution Law, Criminal procedures, etc. – you get the point. If you’re not in the reading mood, we also have plenty of DVD’s you can enjoy as well. Both collections are located on the fifth floor across from the Technology Desk.

Maybe you’re into games? The Law Library has these as well! We have board games and cards that can be checked out at the Circulation desk, as well as the quick games on the big monitor. You can challenge a friend or the computer to a game of chess, or enjoy playing solitaire, doing a crossword or word search puzzle.

There is also what we like to call the “puzzle option.”  This break can be exactly as short or as long as you want, depending on how many pieces you find or how “sucked in” you get. The puzzle is located in the Reference Desk area. Not only will you be able to contribute to the puzzle, but you will meet the great staff that works at the Circulation Desk and a fantastic Librarian who could help you with your future research needs.

Welcome (& Welcome Back) Students!

The library staff and librarians want to extend a warm welcome to incoming and returning students.  We’re glad you’re back!

We’re looking forward to working with you this year and throughout your legal career.

Below are some helpful links and information about library resources for the upcoming semester.

  • Search our Catalog to locate materials within the library at our homepage. You can find Fall 2019 textbooks that are available on Reserve that you can use for 3 hours at a time.
  • Reserve one of the 27 study rooms available for use by groups of two or more law students. To increase efficiency and shorten lines at the circulation desk, we now ask students to make their own reservations in advance of picking up keys, including the names of all group members when making the reservation. This can be done using the online booking system.
  • Supplement your studies with our online study aids from Wolters Kluwer and West Academic, available at https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/study-aids. Print study aids, such as flashcards, are available at the circulation desk as well.
  • Learn things and earn your digital badge with the ALERT Program, which starts on August 28th. 
  • Check out our Research Guides which provide resources for specific subjects, as well as Life as a Law Student.
  • Get help with your Research Methods in Law homework and other research needs during reference hours, both live and via chat. The Chat Reference box is in red, located on the left side of our homepage.
  • Check out CALI lessons, an interactive electronic tool that provides legal information about a subject and then quizzes the student on this information. 

You can find our hours at https://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/calendar/. We are looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the semester.  If there is anything that we can do to help you, please let us know!