2024 Summer Research Challenge and Research Skills Workshops

Ramp Up Your Research Skills!

This summer, take advantage of multiple opportunities to up your research game and learn more about tools you’ll need in practice through our popular Summer Research Challenge! Click here for details. Each virtual session begins at 6:00 p.m., with a short introduction to the research area, and then moves on to a concrete research problem where you need to efficiently identify the law bearing on your client’s situation. The sessions are two hours long and will wrap up with a discussion of results and strategies.

Attend whichever sessions most interest you, but researchers who successfully complete all four will receive a certificate signed by both Dean of Faculty William LaPiana and Associate Dean & Library Director Camille Broussard recognizing this achievement. It’s a great practical skill certification for your resume.

May 29: Researching Congressional Documents: Statutes and Legislative History
June 5: Navigating the Regulatory Maze: Research in Administrative Law
June 12: Research on the Road to Trial: Experts, Juries, Discovery and More
June 26: Legal Research for Transactional Lawyers

For more information and to register, click here. Select the sessions you would like to register for and you will be taken to the registration page.

Research Skills Workshops
In addition to the Summer Research Challenge, we will also be offering our regular Research Skills Workshops. These virtual sessions are intended to give pointers on how to handle research situations you might face this summer. The workshops are 30 minutes long and will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. from June 4 through June 27, 2024. To register, click this link. Select the sessions you would like to register for and you will be taken to the registration page.

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Summer Access to Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law and other databases

Congratulations on getting through exams! As you get ready to start your summer employment, we wanted to remind you of your access to Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law and other subscription databases. Westlaw access for continuing students includes some restrictions. Here’s the specific information for each database. You can also visit our Student Services guide.

LEXIS

Students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis+ ID this summer. This includes workplace related research (but check with your employer first; many firms prefer summer associates use a firm-issued Lexis ID for client confidentiality or billing purposes). If you have any questions, please contact our account manager, Nejat Bumin (email: nejat.bumin@lexisnexis.com).

WESTLAW

You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and Drafting Assistant, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work (either required for graduation or as part of a class)
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

If you have any questions, please contact our Westlaw Account Manager Shawn Lopez (email: Shawn.Lopez@thomsonreuters.com).

BLOOMBERG LAW

You may continue to use your Bloomberg Law account for any purpose. If you haven’t already signed up for a Bloomberg Law account, go to www.bloomberglaw.com and click on “Academic Registration” (you must use your NYLS email).

For assistance using Bloomberg Law, students and graduates continue to have free access to the 24/7 Help Desk at (888) 560-2529 or help@bloomberglaw.com. You can also contact our Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Stefanie Schuette (email: sslavens@bloombergindustry.com)

OTHER DATABASES

Continuing students have full access over the summer to many other subscription resources.

You’ll need to login with your NYLS network password. If you need HeinOnline, Law360, Proquest Congressional or most other databases, you’re all set!

QUESTIONS? Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions about summer access, or any other research related questions over the summer:

T 212.431.2332

E reference@nyls.edu

Chat With the Reference Desk

Log in to Microsoft Teams with your NYLS network ID, and use Microsoft Web App to connect.


Get ready for exams with the Library

Four important Library resources to keep in mind as you prepare for upcoming exams.

First: The Library’s Study Aids guide contains links to digital study aids and locations of print versions) to help you review particular subjects and enhance or test your understanding of a particular topic or point of law.

Second: Check out our complete collection of digital study aids on the LexisNexis Digital Library. Log in with your network ID.

Third: One of the best ways to prepare for a professor’s exam is to see what they have done in the past! It’s a great way to understand how your professor thinks. The Library maintains an archive of previous years’ exams for most courses. To access, log into the NYLS Portal. Under the Student Resources tab, select “Exams, Grades, and Registration.” You can access these exams by course or professor name.

Fourth: The Library’s Exam Preparation Resources guide offers a host of materials containing practical advice and strategies designed to help you navigate the exam process. They include NYLS resources, the LexisNexis Digital Library, CALI Lessons, exams tips and podcasts and videos.




Remember to set up your Bloomberg, LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts

All 1L students—If you haven’t already done so, please set up your Bloomberg, LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts. You’ll need them later in the semester for legal research and citation checking.

The information necessary to retrieve your registration codes and create your accounts can be found at: https://nyls.libwizard.com/f/2022_BL_Lexis_Westlaw

If you need any help, please contact the Reference Desk (reference@nyls.edu or via MS Teams).


Hone Your Research Skills This Summer

The Library staff hopes that you and yours are staying safe and well in these challenging  times. This summer, the Library will be offering a series of 30 minute long Research Skills Workshops via Zoom:

-The Bluebook
-Is All Your Research Up To Date?
-Power Googling
-Researching NYC Law
-Staying Current With The Law

The workshops, which all begin at 5:15, will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from June 9 through July 2.

For a more details and a complete schedule, please visit to https://libguides.nyls.edu/2020sumrsw

We look forward to seeing you.


Remote Access to Casebooks and Texts, Summer 2020

Arrangements giving students free remote access to casebooks and texts, offered by publishers during the Spring Semester, are expiring, or have expired. This includes texts accessed online through the LexisNexis Digital Library, VitalSource, and West Academic.

Students enrolled in Summer Semester courses will not have free online access to required texts. Please keep in mind that the Mendik Library will remain closed during the Summer Semester, and that you will not be able to borrow physical copies of your course reserve items.

Summer Semester students are encouraged to purchase their required texts through the NYLS online bookstore. Several publishers offer ebook versions of texts to students who have purchased or rented print copies. These offers vary from publisher to publisher. Please take careful note of details when you purchase the books.

During the summer the publishers of The Bluebook will continue to offer online access, at no cost, to members of the NYLS community who do not have access to a print copy. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please email the Library at reference@nyls.edu. Your request must come from a NYLS email address.


2020 Summer Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and Westlaw

Student access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and Westlaw are based on academic subscription plans maintained by New York Law School.

Bloomberg Law: Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. Your student account will remain active and available all summer, without any additional registration required.

Lexis Advance: From May 1 to August 31, 2020, students may use their Lexis Advance password for any purpose at school or at work, including any paid or unpaid legal work.

Westlaw: You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client (paid legal work). Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:
• Summer coursework
• Research assistant assignments
• Law Review or Journal research
• Moot Court research
• Non-Profit work
• Clinical work
• Externship sponsored by the school

If you are working for a firm or a for-profit organization, you should use the Westlaw account provided by your employer.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.nyls.edu/library/for_students/summergradaccess/


Remembering Justice John Paul Stevens

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died at the age of 99 on July 16, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  With over three decades on the Supreme Court bench, wearing his trademark bowtie, Stevens was the third-longest serving Justice of the high court before his June 2010 retirement.

Born and raised in Chicago, Stevens grew up in the heyday of the Roaring Twenties. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served as a codebreaker in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and upon his discharge, enrolled at Northwestern University School of Law.  Shortly after his graduation, he secured a Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Wiley Rutledge, and when that ended, went into private practice specializing in antitrust law.  In 1970, President Richard Nixon nominated Stevens to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where he made a name for himself as a moderate conservative judge.  Five years later, President Gerald Ford appointed him to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas.

Justice Stevens leaves an indelible impression on many of the critical social issues that have reached the Supreme Court.  The broad scope and range of his many opinions include those impacting abortion, affirmative action, civil rights, climate change, criminal justice, the death penalty, and many other pressing issues.

Despite a perceived evolution in his ideology over the course of his years on the bench, Justice Stevens was known to be an intellectual and pragmatic jurist, with a strong aversion to ideological and partisan characterizations.  His commitment to justice and passion for “learning on the job” helped him garner a reputation for honesty, humility and wisdom as well as the respect of many.

If the impact and influence of a jurist can be determined by how much has been written about him and his body of work, the numerous tributes and memorials that have proliferated since his passing provide testimony to Justice Steven’s exemplary life and judicial career.

The following is a list of works written by Justice Steven that are available in the Library’s collection:

The Making of a Justice: Reflections on my First 94 Years (2019)
KF8745 .S78 A3 2019

With William N. Eskridge Jr., Interpreting Law: A Primer on How to Read Statutes and the Constitution (2016)
KF425.E833 2016

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution (2014)
KF4557 .S74 2014

Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir (2011)
KF8745.S78 A3 2011