For some, it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Exams end and a long break begins.

It is not wonderful for me.  I am so very sad to see everyone go. Come back!  /s


By Mdf

The library will only be closed for a couple of weeks. Whew! We will be back for limited hours on January 2, 2017 before swinging into full hours.

Here are specifics:

  • Thursday, December 15th & 16th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17th – Sunday, January 1st:  Closed
  • Monday, January 2nd – Friday, January 6th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday January 7th and 8th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving & Exam Hours

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. 21s & Tuesday, Nov. 22nd: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23rd: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24th – Saturday, Nov. 26th: Closed



We will reopen for extended hours on November 27th through December 14th. During this 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 15th & 16th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The above is also on our calendar.

Casebook Audio +

Many law students are overcome with excitement when they find a way to LISTEN to the edited cases found in their law school casebooks.  AudioCasefiles, a part of Lexis Courtroom Cast, offers both individual cases and entire casebooks.

But wait, there’s more.  Courtroom Cast also offers:

CVN News – articles and video clips of legal news coverage
CVN Video Library – over 12,000 hours of on demand courtroom video
CVN Experts – find expert testimony recorded in the courtroom
CVN Training – the ONLY training platform with real courtroom video and expert commentary


Accessing Casebook Audio:

Lexis Casebook Audio contains audio versions of selected cases from your casebooks. To access these audio files, one must scroll down to the bottom of the page, select the proper subject under the heading of “Browse Audio by Casebook,” and then choose the casebook which is being used for your class.  Unlike having a computer read the text of the opinion, these use real people and are much easier to listen to. These audio versions can be very helpful for those who have a significant commute each day. This can also be helpful for those who just get tired of reading so many pages each week.

Courtroom Training:

Upper level students will also appreciate the courtroom training videos. These cover a variety of topics, such as trial advocacy, rules of evidence, and appellate advocacy. The videos break these different skills down into manageable sections and provide commentary and analysis to improve one’s ability to better represent a client. The site also contains videos of complete trials, including many from Georgia. If you were ever interested in how a trial proceeds while in the courtroom, this could be very helpful.



There’s a Guide for That

If you need directions, you can just punch an address into your phone, and within a second, you know exactly what route to take.  There’s an app for that.  Or many apps for that.

When conducting legal research, a researcher is trying to get to a destination–find answers to questions. In unfamiliar areas of law, it can be hard to begin research without  guidance.  There’s a guide for that. Research guides provide a map for a researcher, helping navigate legal sources.


Research guides come in all shapes and sizes.  Some even offer charts and videos.  Here at Georgia State University College of Law Library, we have a variety of guides to help assist our users.  Other libraries also offer a wide range of guides.

So before you start researching an unfamiliar subject, try to find a research guide on your topic. Just like a good map, the guide can help you get from point A to point B with efficiency.

To access our web based guides, go to our LibGuides homepage. Below is a small sample of some of the guides we offer our users:


Topic Specific 

Student Life 

Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology (ALERT)

The Law Library has a program called the Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology Program (or ALERT).  The non-credit program provides students with additional opportunities to learn advanced legal research and technology skills outside of the College of Law’s curriculum. By completing ALERT sessions, students can demonstrate to potential employers that they have obtained skills that will enable them to hit the ground running.

Fall 2016 Topics

Topic 1: Note Taking and Productivity Tools

RSVP: Tuesday, 8/23/16, 4:00 p.m.  RSVP: Thursday, 8/25/16, 5:00 p.m. 

Topic 2: Research Plans

RSVP: Tuesday, 9/20/16, 3:15 p.m.  RSVP: Thursday, 9/22/16, 5:00 p.m. 

Topic 3: Research Resources Beyond Wexisberg, or “Other good Stuff”

RSVP: Tuesday, 10/04/16, 3:15 p.m.  RSVP: Thursday, 10/06/16, 5:00 p.m. 

Topic 4: Study Aids and Finals Resources

RSVP: Tuesday, 10/18/16, 3:15 p.m.  RSVP: Thursday, 10/20/16, 5:00 p.m. 

Additional information is also on the ALERT webpage.

Library: location, location, location

Hopefully you have most of the law school ‘space’ figured out by now and have fully perfected attending the right class at the right time–the low hanging fruit of success.

Eventually you will need to know where to locate things in the library. See infra.

From the 6th floor Reading Room

A view from the 6th floor Reading Room


Study Aids:  The Study Aid Collection can be found in the back of the collaboration space—just behind the Technology Support desk.  We also have online availability.

Reserve Items: Course required books, book stands, lap desks, games, chargers, and more are available on request at the Circulation Desk.

Reference Collection:  Heavily-used resources and other reference materials, including the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) are located just to the right of the Reference Desk.

Leisure Collection:  The DVDs, fiction, and fun non-fiction are all still available for you to check out and enjoy—they are located next to the reference collection.

Georgia Collection:  The Georgia state materials are located on the library 5th floor behind the elevators, in free-standing shelves.  The collection includes Georgia primary sources including Georgia Laws and West’s Annotated Code of Georgia.  You will find secondary sources including past editions of Georgia treatises (current editions are in the Reference Collection) such as Redfearn Wills and Administration in Georgia and a wide variety of Georgia continuing legal education materials.

Core Practice Collection:  A number of our practitioner tools, such as legal encyclopedias, form books, and practice guides are located the Core Practice Collection on the 5th floor behind the elevators, right next to the Georgia Collection

General Stacks:  Material in General Stacks are located on both the 5th and 6th floors.  Call numbers beginning with AC and running through KE will be found on the 5th floor, starting behind the elevators.  If the call number starts with KF1 or comes later in the alphabet, you’ll want to start looking for the title on the 6th floor, just as you walk off the elevator.

Law Periodicals:  If you want to look at a journal article that you can’t access online because it’s too recently published(cough cough, perhaps not very likely), you may want to try the 6th floor behind the elevators.  The journal titles are in alphabetical order.

If you have any questions about finding our other special collections—state materials or the Young Adult Collection (yes, we have that!)—please stop by the reference desk and we will be happy to help you.

Study Aids


How you study, prepare for class, and prepare for exams is a decision you must eventually make.  Here are are a few resources to help you along the way.




Traditional Study Aids

  • The Law Library’s collection of study aid resources and supplements (i.e. hornbooks) have varied approaches to helping you understand core concepts. The collection includes many notable series, including Examples & Explanations, Crunchtime, and Acing.  They are available in the interactive learning area with many titles also fully available online.

Audio and Flash Cards

CALI Lessons

  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction maintains a collection of almost 1,000 interactive, computer-based lessons covering 33 legal education subject areas.

To access CALI lessons:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the email and password you created at registration. (If you have not registered, you will need to create a new user account. Contact Patrick Parsons to obtain an authorization code.)
  3. Select Lessons (from Quick Links) and then choose a specific lesson

Exam Archive



Asking Other Questions

Legal databases and search tools available online continue to grow–new tools and metadata continually created.  It is ripe opportunity for creativity.  What creative questions and queries should you ask?

Perhaps you want to find out what clichés to avoid in legal journal writing?  A few targeted searches in HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library can yield interesting results.



Perhaps you want to quickly find the holding of a case.  Let later citing judges do the heavy lifting for you. Perhaps you want to find out when they don’t particularly agree?



Or perhaps you merely want to see what songs show up in opinions.


What answers can we ask our legal databases to uncover?

Bar Preparation/Study Hacks

July 26th and 27th—the Georgia bar exam– is slowly but surely approaching.  Recently graduated law students will have to climb one more hill.  Below are some popular science tips to help with the day-in-and-day-out studying:


Hopefully you are not using a graphing calculator for bar prep (Image by Steven S. via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)


Working out, specifically cardio of just 30 minutes a day can give your memory a boost.

Change things up.  Moving to different locations can increase retention.

Practice.  The taking of practice tests can enhance performance.

Study right before going to sleep for superior retention.

Chewing gum = extra blood flowing to the brain.

Stay positive and remind YOURSELF to keep up the good work