LexisNexis Courtroom Cast (AudioCaseFiles) is back!

You spoke, and we listened!  The Law Library has resubscribed to the LexisNexis Courtroom Cast database, featuring AudioCaseFiles.

This unique resource includes audio files of the actual cases our students have to read for class, which you can stream through the website or download in mp3 format to listen to on your computers or mobile devices.  This can be hugely helpful for students who commute, students who spend time working out, or students who are auditory learners.

Click on our Barry Law Library Databases page: http://eguides.barry.edu/LawLibraryDatabases

Scroll down to “A” for AudioCaseFiles or “L” for LexisNexis Courtroom Cast.  They are also both listed on our “Quick Links to the Most Popular Databases” list:

Those links will take you to http://courtroomcast.lexisnexis.com/, and from there, click “Login & Register” in the top right:

Select “Sign Up” to register for your free account, first selecting Barry from the list of schools, and then using your Barry e-mail address.

Once you have registered for your LexisNexis Courtroom Cast account, you can browse the lists of cases at the bottom of the website, organized by casebook and by subject.

Even if your casebook isn’t available yet, the cases you need may still be available if you search by subject and then by the case name.

Then you can read along with the case while listening to it being read to you.

Right-click on the “Download Audio Opinion” link at the top and select “Save link as” to save the mp3 file in the directory of your choice on your computer:

Remember — AudioCaseFiles is NOT an excuse to stop reading for class, but it is an extremely useful supplement to your assigned reading.  Use it wisely, and use it well!


It’s not too late! Get some last minute studying in with the Law Library’s study aids, available 24 hours a day anywhere you have a mobile device!

Midterms started today, but it’s not too late to do some last minute studying. If you haven’t seen our First Floor Display case, highlighting our available study aids, you need to check it out. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to study any time and any place!

The Law Library recently repurchased the AudioCaseFiles (Lexis Courtroom Cast) database after hearing feedback from students who wanted it again. The AudioCaseFiles database allows you to download cases and listen on MP3. You can also watch video and much more on the database!Study Aid Display Case

Last year, the Law Library purchased the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library. It has been tremendously popular! If you haven’t used it yet, you are missing out. It has several study aid series. The database has amazing features, such as the ability to personalize your account and highlight or save notes in the study aid books, and the ability to download the books and take them anywhere on your mobile device.

Remember to log in to the databases through the law school’s intranet page to access databases off-campus.

Check out our 1L Success Series!

First year law students, now that you have seen some resources for being a success in law school, you need to check our 1L Success Series research guides. These six research guides, covering each first year course, have been created by Barry Law Librarians and contain resources specifically tailored to help you in your first year of law school.

1L Success

Each 1L Success research guide is designed the same way, with the exception of the Legal Research and Writing Guide (see the paragraph below for information on this guide). Each guide has 4 tabs: one tab for online study aids, one for print study aids, one for online research resources, and one for print research resources. Under each tab are resources (e.g., books and databases) available on the particular topic of law. The online resources are hyperlinked so that you simply have to select the link to go to the identified resource. For the print materials, you can click the hyperlink to see the listing in the Library Catalog. Then just write down the call number, go find the book on the shelf, and check it out at the Circulation desk.

The Legal Writing and Research Guide is slightly different from the rest of the guides. There are no study aids tabs, but the first three tabs—Citation and Style Guides, Legal Writing Books, and Legal Research Books—list resources specifically designed to help you learn how to research, write, and cite for legal documents. The fourth tab provides hyperlinks to legal research databases and to legal scholarship (law review and law journals) databases.

With these resources, you too can make your 1L year a 1L Success!

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to Barry University School of Law!  We are so glad you’re here, and we are focused on your success.  As your dedicated Librarians, we want to provide you with some helpful resources that will contribute to your first year of law school success.  Below are a few of our top picks to ease you into your first year of law school.

The Librarians can help you successfully navigate your first year of law school.  We specialize in helping you find the information you need to know for law school, so drop by and talk to us.  Do you need some help with research?  Call us (321-206-5700), email us (lawreferencelibrarians@barry.edu), or schedule a personal research consultation (http://barry.libsurveys.com/perc).  We look forward to working with you!

Law School Labyrinth: the Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education

Steven R. Sedberry


Law school can be an expensive, time-consuming, and frequently exhausting experience. Students must “hit the ground running.” Law School Labyrinth acts as a road map to the entire law school experience—from admissions to graduation and beyond. Steven Sedberry examines popular law student misconceptions and helps readers understand the primary objectives of law school. Following his “been there, done that” advice, students will learn how to read legal opinions, participate in Socratic dialogue, and assimilate and retain information necessary to succeed on law school exams. Going beyond the classroom, the book provides information on summer clerkships and career advice. Law School Labyrinth is the consummate blueprint for all three years of law school.

Location:                             Call Number:

3rd Floor                                KF283 .S43 2011

Find Catalog Record Here

Law School Success in a Nutshell:  A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams

Ann M. Burkhart


It answers questions students have as they begin their studies. What is a tort? Hornbook? Should I join a study group? It also explains and gives examples of the best methods for studying and for taking exams. It provides questions and model answers from actual law school exams. The Nutshell also provides information about the types of legal practice that are available to you when you graduate. And it describes the opportunities that will be available to you during your second and third years of law school, such as law journals, law clinics, internships, joint degree programs, and study abroad. –Google Books

Location:                                          Call Number:

Permanent Reserve (Circ)                 KF283 .B871 2017

Find Catalog Record Here

Law School Survival Manual:  From LSAT to Bar Exam

Nancy B. Rapoport


In the Law School Survival Manual, Nancy Rapoport and Jeff Van Niel serve as the friendly voice of experience whose wit and wisdom will guide you through law school from the application process to orientation, and from your first year to graduation – including summer jobs, clerkships, and the bar exam. This concise handbook focuses on all aspects of law school that are mystifying or tricky or both. –publisher


Location:                       Call Number: 

3rd Floor & Online         KF283 .R37 2010

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Cracking the Case Method:  Legal Analysis for Law School Success

Paul Bergman


“For about 150 years, law schools have relied on the Case Method to teach the skills and art of legal analysis to first-year law students. Yet many students struggle academically, not due to lack of intellectual ability but because they are suddenly immersed in a unique and seemingly opaque educational process without receiving any explanation of what they should be trying to learn, much less how to learn it. Why do reading assignments consist of appellate court opinions? Why do professors rely on the Socratic Method? Why do law school classes so often leave students with more questions than answers? What do instructors look for when grading answers to essay exams? Why can law students know “all the rules,” yet get poor grades? Cracking the Case Method, 2d ed., provides concise and down-to-earth information on how to succeed in law school by answering these questions and many others.”–publisher’s website.

Location:                             Call Number:

3rd Floor                                KF283 .B47 2018

Find Catalog Record Here

Open Book:  the Inside Track to Law School Success

Barry Friedman


Open Book: The Inside Track to Law School Success, 2E is a book that every JD and LLM law student needs to read, either before classes start or as they get going in their 1L year. Now in an expanded second edition, the book explains in a clear and easygoing, conversational manner what law professors expect from their students both in classes and exams. The authors, award-winning teachers with a wealth of classroom experience, give students an inside look at law school by explaining how, despite appearances to the contrary, classes connect to exams and exams connect to the practice of law. –Google Books

Location:                                 Call Number: 

3rd Floor                                    KF283 .F75 2016

Find Catalog Record Here

Barry Law Librarians take active roles in SEAALL organization

Congratulations to Barry Law Librarians who are taking on increased roles as officers and committee members in SEAALL, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.
Reference Librarian Louis Rosen is the new Vice President/President Elect of SEAALL for 2018-2019. He will also be serving on the Program Committee for the 2019 SEAALL Annual Meeting with Whitney Curtis, our Associate Director and Head of Public Services.
And on his second year serving on the Newsletter and Public Relations Committee, Reference Librarian Jason Murray was just named Co-Chair of the committee.