Check out this new book, Making Law Review 2d Ed., by our very own Wes Henricksen!

Are you thinking about Law Review? Do you want to understand the “write-on” process and strategies for creating winning submissions? Carolina Academic Press (CAP) will be publishing the second edition of, Assistant Professor of Law, Wes Henricksen’s book Making Law Review this week. CAP published the first edition in 2008, and it was well received and carried by most law-school libraries. The book discusses strategies for winning Law Review “write-on” competitions. Copies of the book are on order for the Barry Law Library and will be added to the collection and available for check out as soon as they are received!making-law-reivew-2d

CAP provides a brief synopsis of the book on their website, where you can also purchase your own copy of the book if you would like. Here is a portion of CAP’s synopsis and a link to their website: “Making Law Review explains how the competition works, and reveals the surprising and innovative techniques students have used to excel in it. Author Wes Henricksen interviewed dozens of current and former law review members at many of the top law schools to learn their secrets to success in the write-on competition. This book synthesizes those students’ experiences into a comprehensive body of valuable advice on topics such as how to best prepare for the competition, how to effectively allocate your time throughout it, and how to write a winning submission paper.”


Celebrate Black History Month with the Law Library!

The Law Library has many print books, eBooks, and databases that you can use to learn about or research African American history, law, culture, and leaders! Check out our display on the first floor of the Law Library. We have several books on African American leaders in the legal field in our display.

Our HeinOnline database has a collection focused specifically on the effects of slavery on the history of the United States and the world, titled: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. Paul Finkelman, the Editor-in-Chief of the collection, explains, “This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.”black-history-month

To access the Law Library’s databases, go to the Law Library webpage and click on the tab for Databases. On the Database webpage, you will see a list of databases that you can access by clicking on the hyperlink to the database.

Accessing eBooks is an easy process. Simply log into the Law Library Catalog, run your search, select the eBook you want, and click the hyperlink to go directly to the eBook!

The ABA Journal’s Top 100 Blawg list is a great resource for finding legal blogs, which also contain legal news and trending issues.


The ABA Journal released its annual list of top 100 Legal Blogs (Top 100 Blawgs) in December. It is a great list of legal blogs on a variety of topics, and truly there are many topics. New to the list this year is the blog Before the Bar – ABA for Law Students; this “blog offers tips on various issues, including the Uniform Bar Exam, handling student loans, conducting oneself professionally, social networking and even managing study habits. Recent grads will also find useful career advice.” Legal blogs are great ways to keep up-to-date on legal issues.

Legal news and newsletters are another great way to keep up-to-date. Try these resources that the Law Library subscribes to in order to keep up-to-date:
Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter
Bloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
Bloomberg BNA Environmental Law Reporter
Bloomberg BNA Family law Reporter
Bloomberg BNA Health Law reporter
United States Law Week
Go to the Law Library’s Database page to find many more sources of legal news. If you have questions regarding legal news, ask a Reference Librarian.

Sign up now for the Spring Advanced Legal Research Course!

Do you want to learn how to become a better legal researcher? If so, this is your class! The goal of this course is to enable students to experience researching as close as possible to a real world scenario. There are numerous research assignments, requiring students to research more often and allowing students to practice the researching skills taught in class. Students will also experience researching a case through the life of the case, allowing the student to experience the changing researching needs of a case at different times during the case. Students will learn where to find various types of legal information and learn how to use databases and resources to find the legal information they need. Sign up today! Do you have questions or want more information? Contact Jason Murray using the form below, or stop by and see me in the library.