Congratulations are in order, and our Research Smarter workshop is this Thursday!

Yaaaaay, finals are over, and one of our best classes of students ever walked across that stage this past Friday. Congratulations to all of you, whether you just graduated or you’ll be back for more. We’re thrilled for you, proud of you, and relieved on your behalf. Either way, we hope to see you over the summer and beyond, whether you’re studying for the Bar Exam, taking summer classes, or even just hanging around this week before you leave for Spain, home, or parts unknown.
But for any of you who are around this week, your Law Librarians want to invite you to a series of three intensive research refresher workshops this Thursday, May 18th:
Research Smarter: Foolproof Tips for Summer Interns
It will be a day-long series of three research workshops to get your research skills in shape for the summer.
About to start that summer job?
Registered for a summer internship?
Writing your upper level next semester?
These sessions will help refresh what you need to know to help you succeed.
You can register for one, two, or all three sessions, and each session provides TWO HOURS of professionalism credit!
All workshops are on Thursday May 18th in ALC 109.
9:00am-11:00am Secondary Authority & Practice Materials
11:10am-1:10pm Case Research Intensive
2:15pm-4:15pm Statutes & Regulations
Go to to register. If you want to register for multiple sessions, make sure to submit a separate registration form for each.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t forget about researching for your papers!

We know many of you are working on your open memos, appellate briefs, upper level writing papers, or seminar papers for your classes, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a Reference Librarian for research assistance, brainstorming on topics, or anything else you might need. You can e-mail all of us at or schedule a PERC (Personal Research Consultation) at .
Have a great weekend, and make sure to do something nice for yourselves, even though you’ll surely spend part of it working.

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.”

Search Smarter workshop TOMORROW, February 2nd, at 4:45 in ALC 203!

TOMORROW, Thursday, 2/2, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor Diana Botluk is presenting her Search Smarter Workshop in ALC 203 from 4:45 to 5:45 PM.
This research workshop will benefit all our Barry Law students as you research case law for your legal memos, appellate briefs, seminar papers, and the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
Professor Botluk will show off “power searching” techniques on Westlaw that will go much deeper than the instruction you received in Legal Research and Writing I. This workshop will benefit 1Ls immensely, but 2Ls and 3Ls, it has been a while since you attended those training days, so come refresh your skills! And if you attended one of the Law Library’s Study Smarter workshops, this one (SEARCH Smarter) is completely different.
Please RSVP in advance to, if possible. If, however, you realize at the last minute that you can attend, please feel free to do so.
Additionally, note that you can earn Professionalism credit for attending this workshop. We will have a sign-in sheet, so make sure you sign it to get credit.
We’ll see you at Search Smarter!

Our Florida and Reference collections are more accessible than ever!

We have finished moving our Florida and Reference collections back downstairs to the beautiful new shelves on our first floor. These are some of our most popular and valuable collections of print materials, especially for our alumni, who are practicing law in the area.
Alumni, remember you are always welcome back at the Law Library, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our recent renovations.
And to our entire Barry Law community, ask a Reference Librarian if you need help finding anything, and thank you for being patient with us as we renovate YOUR Law Library!