As you conduct your legal research, don’t be afraid to ask a Reference Librarian!

We’ve had an uptick in our reference statistics this week, with lots of 1Ls asking us questions all week because their LRW open memo draft is due on Tuesday.  That’s great!  We hope we’ve been helpful so far.

For the rest of you: Please don’t sit there stressing and overwhelmed, banging your head against your nice new MacBook Airs. Ask one of your reference librarians, ideally leaving yourself enough time to get the research and writing work done.  We obviously can’t give you the answers, but we can help guide you toward them, hone your search strategies, and make you feel more comfortable and familiar with the legal research database of your choice.

Reference Librarians Diana Botluk, Louis Rosen, and Jason Murray, plus our Associate Director and Head of Public Services Whitney Curtis and our Head of Technical Services Elizabeth Outler (who both take shifts at the reference desk as well) all have law degrees, as well as Masters degrees in Library and Information Science, putting us in a great position to be of assistance.  We’ve been to law school, we’ve survived LRW, and we empathize more than you know.  We can help you narrow down searches using the Lexis and Westlaw filters, choose helpful secondary sources, use Shepard’s and/or Keycite to make sure your cases are still good law, and from there, springboard off those cases to find additional authority.

Seriously, talk to us!  And if you have a thought at home, or after hours, e-mail us at .  If you want to schedule a one-on-one meeting, we offer PERCs — Personal Research Consultations — at times that are convenient for your busy schedules and stressful lives.  Go to to set up a PERC with one of us.

We also strongly recommend you schedule one-on-one sessions with your LRW professors during their office hours, or possibly even reach out to their hard-working TAs, who are successful 2Ls and 3Ls who have been just where you were, not that long ago.  They know more of the specifics for this open memo assignment, so they might be able to guide you even better than we can.

And for you upper-level students working on articles and class papers, this all applies to you, too.  Reach out to us in person or via e-mail, and let us know if you want to schedule a PERC as you delve deeper into researching your topics.  If law school was easy, everyone would do it, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it completely alone, without assistance or guidance.  That’s where your Reference staff comes in!

Accessing Course Reserves, Syllabi, and professors’ older Final Exams on the new Weblaw

Barry Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, by now you’ve probably seen the dynamic new redesign of Weblaw, our School of Law intranet site:

It’s a huge improvement over the previous version, both in form and functionality.  But you may have noticed some things are in different places.  Know that you can always get to our Law Library website just by clicking on Law Library, and then you may want to consider bookmarking our page or adding it to your Favorites:

If you need to access professors’ online course reserves, syllabi, or older versions of their final exams, they are all available from the Academic Program tab on Weblaw:

If you need to access CLASP, the Registrar, Financial Aid, or Career Services resources, those are all available from the Student Resources tab on Weblaw:

And remember, just as always, if you are anywhere off campus, you first need to log into with your Barry username and password, and then click “School of Law Intranet” in order to access Weblaw, our Law Library website, and all of their resources (including most of our Law Library research databases).  So we strongly recommend you add the link to your Bookmarks or Favorites as well.


Enter the 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition!

Barry Law students interested in entertainment law, take note!

The Grammy Foundation ( has announced the 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition.

The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word essay proposing a solution to an issue currently facing the music industry. The winning essays can win prizes including a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast and other GRAMMY Week events. Past winners of the competition have gone on to productive successful careers in music, entertainment media and beyond.

The first-place winner will receive $5,000, and four runners-up will receive $1,500 each!  

The paper submission deadline is January 4th, 2017, at 1:00 PM EST.  That may seem like a long way off, but it’s never too soon to start brainstorming on a topic and consulting with your Reference Librarians.  Considering scheduling a PERC (Personal Research Consultation) with one of us by going to

Go to for additional information, including the complete guidelines at

Please consider entering this competition, especially if you have taken and enjoyed Professor Courtright’s Entertainment Law class or Professor Ahlers’ Copyright Law class.

The truth is, we realize you’re all very busy, but most law students are too busy to enter these writing competitions, dramatically increasing your chances of winning.  We’ve had many Barry Law students win big prizes and accolades in other writing competitions in the past, and this would be hugely prestigious and lots of fun.

Good luck, and as always, let us know how we can help you succeed.

Barry University School of Law is closed until Monday, October 10th.

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law (including the Law Library) will remain closed on Thursday and Friday based on latest Hurricane Matthew storm prediction information. Barry University announced on Tuesday evening it was closing multiple campuses, including the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law campus in Orlando, on Wednesday, October 5 at noon.

All classes and school-related activities will be suspended throughout the weekend. Normal campus hours are scheduled to resume on Monday, October 10th, however, please monitor the Barry University emergency website, , for updates.

Barry Law students and employees should monitor the website, our Emergency Hotline at 305-899-4000, and local media outlets for the latest updates and notifications regarding closures and re-openings.