Reminder: Course Registration: Why Legal Research

Among the most important skills all lawyers rely upon is the ability to do legal research–to find what’s needed to analyze and interpret legal issues. It’s an integral part of the Student Learning Outcomes that NYLS has adopted. Effective research skills are vital to students engaged in any type of legal writing, to those who are clerking or participating in externships, and to those entering legal practice.

To help prepare you for the realities of law practice, we offer several courses that will make you a more efficient, confident and successful researcher. Click here to read what other                  students have said about these classes.

Legal Research: Practical Skills (1 credit)

Builds on fundamental research skills through refining students’ techniques, introducing shortcuts and new approaches, and developing effective strategies. The course focuses on finding legislation, administrative materials, and related cases; using the secondary sources relied on by practitioners; attaining greater proficiency and comfort with Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and other online research tools, including reliable free and low-cost sources. We also offer this class with a focus on a particular substantive practice area, including Corporate & Business Law; Criminal Law; Family Law; Intellectual Property Law; Real Estate Law; and Labor & Employment Law.

For the Fall ’24 semester we are offering Legal Research: Practical Skills (5 remote Saturday classes) and Legal Research: Criminal Law (7 weekday classes, in-person).

For the Spring ’25 semester we are offering Legal Research: Practical Skills (5 remote Saturday classes) and Legal Research: Labor & Employment Law (7 weekday classes, in person).

Legal Research: Skills for the Digital World (3 credits)

Continues to build on the fundamentals described in Legal Research: Practical Skills. Students concentrate on more advanced techniques and strategies and learn to evaluate online and print materials in order to choose the best and most cost-effective source for projects. Some assignments are geared to students’ individual subject interests. Take-home assignments test and enhance students’ ability to perform various research tasks and strengthen their understanding of important research process and strategy consideration. This class will be offered only during the Spring ‘25 semester.

Want more information? Contact Associate Dean and Professor Camille Broussard or Professor Michael Roffer.



No More Carrels to Call Your Own

Due to stronger than expected demand for carrels this summer, we are no longer able to accommodate requests for carrels.  If you would like to put your name on a waiting list we will certainly let you know if any additional carrels become available. Please send an email to Chantelle James asking to be placed on the carrel waiting list.

Remember, there are many areas of the library that are conducive to bar study and we hope you take advantage of them.

 



A Carrel to Call Your Own! Carrel reservations begin Wednesday May 1, 2024

 

Click on this photo for a virtual tour of the Mendik Library.

 

 

A Carrel to Call Your Own!

If you are an NYLS alum preparing for the Bar Exam, we invite you to reserve a library carrel on L3 or L4 for your own exclusive use from Thursday, May 16, through Monday, July 29, 2024—we’ll even put your name on it.

A library carrel can be your home away from home! Let it be your own personal study space while you gear up to rock the bar exam. Stop by and look around or visit our homepage and take a virtual tour. Just click on the photo above.

We will begin taking reservations on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. All you need to do is email Chantelle James at Chantelle.James@nyls.edu indicate by floor and carrel number which one you’d like to call your own. All carrels are labeled by floor and carrel number. For example, the first carrel on level L3 is labeled L3-C1, the second is labeled L3-C2; the first carrel on level L4 is labeled L4-C1, etc. Once you have sent your request, you will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation.

Don’t wait—get the study carrel of your choice. Beat the demand and check this off your list—reserve your carrel soon.

The Mendik Library is here to support you. We look forward to seeing you on a regular basis this summer.

 


Course Registration: Why Legal Research

Among the most important skills all lawyers rely upon is the ability to do legal research–to find what’s needed to analyze and interpret legal issues. It’s an integral part of the Student Learning Outcomes that NYLS has adopted. Effective research skills are vital to students engaged in any type of legal writing, to those who are clerking or participating in externships, and to those entering legal practice.

To help prepare you for the realities of law practice, we offer several courses that will make you a more efficient, confident and successful researcher. Click here to read what other                  students have said about these classes.

Legal Research: Practical Skills (1 credit)

Builds on fundamental research skills through refining students’ techniques, introducing shortcuts and new approaches, and developing effective strategies. The course focuses on finding legislation, administrative materials, and related cases; using the secondary sources relied on by practitioners; attaining greater proficiency and comfort with Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and other online research tools, including reliable free and low-cost sources. We also offer this class with a focus on a particular substantive practice area, including Corporate & Business Law; Criminal Law; Family Law; Intellectual Property Law; Real Estate Law; and Labor & Employment Law.

For the Fall ’24 semester we are offering Legal Research: Practical Skills (5 remote Saturday classes) and Legal Research: Criminal Law (7 weekday classes, in-person).

For the Spring ’25 semester we are offering Legal Research: Practical Skills (5 remote Saturday classes) and Legal Research: Labor & Employment Law (7 weekday classes, in person).

Legal Research: Skills for the Digital World (3 credits)

Continues to build on the fundamentals described in Legal Research: Practical Skills. Students concentrate on more advanced techniques and strategies and learn to evaluate online and print materials in order to choose the best and most cost-effective source for projects. Some assignments are geared to students’ individual subject interests. Take-home assignments test and enhance students’ ability to perform various research tasks and strengthen their understanding of important research process and strategy consideration. This class will be offered only during the Spring ‘25 semester.

Want more information? Contact Associate Dean and Professor Camille Broussard or Professor Michael Roffer.


Prepare to Practice with VitalLaw

Tuesday April 30th at 1 PM ET  –  Register Here

Enhance your legal knowledge and skills as you prepare to practice by focusing on practical, actionable content.

Join our fast-paced, 30-minute course that will include:

  1. Learning about the VitalLaw pricing structure at your place of employment
  2. Focusing on Work Flow tools that will accomplish specific tasks making your job easier, and adding more value.
  3. Familiarizing yourself with the practice areas and content available on VitalLaw.

Register Here

Two attendees will be picked to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Please contact Stefanie Efrati, the Wolters Kluwer Customer Success Manager, for more information at stefanie.efrati@wolterskluwer.com.


The Law School Survey of Student Engagement

NYLS students recently received an email from LSSSE (Law School Survey of Student Engagement) asking you to complete the survey on your thoughts about legal education and your experiences in law school. The Library hopes you will participate and complete the survey by the deadline of Friday, April 19th.  The LSSSE survey is anonymous and is centered on providing insights about student viewpoints on legal education and their law school experiences.  This information is very helpful to NYLS in making sure that our programs focus on areas of importance to you and your colleagues.  We hope you will use the link provided in your NYLS email and complete the survey. If you would like more information on LSSSE, visit their website.


Prepare to Practice with VitalLaw

Enhance your legal knowledge and skills as you prepare to practice by focusing on practical, actionable content.

Join our fast-paced, 30-minute course that will include:

  1. Learning about the VitalLaw pricing structure at your place of employment
  2. Focusing on Work Flow tools that will accomplish specific tasks, making your job easier and adding more value.
  3. Familiarizing yourself with the practice areas and content available on VitalLaw

Thursday, April 11th at 1:00pm ET   – Register Here

Two attendees from the training session will be picked to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Please contact Stefanie Efrati, the Wolters Kluwer Customer Success Manager, for more information at stefanie.efrati@wolterskluwer.com.