Casetext is a new free legal resource tool that combines research and analysis with networking capabilities. Founded and run by a team of attorneys and engineers, Casetext aims to make the law more accessible and more understandable by providing a community where people can easily interact and discuss the law. The databases’s crowdsourcing approach to research has been discussed in a variety of articles and blogs, including this ABA Journal article.
Legal Research: Searching for primary sources is simple and straight forward. You can search by case name, citation, keyword or phrase. A quick glance to the Quick Facts section provides the holding, summary and key facts of a case. Save cases, statutes, and regulations with bookmarks and easily return to where you left off.
Wondering if you’ll have access to Lexis Advance over the summer? The LexisNexis 2015 Summer Access program provides law students with unlimited access to Lexis Advance for academic, professional, and non-profit research. No registration is necessary. Here’s more information from LexisNexis about summer access:
Your law school ID will remain active all summer for the above purposes. Summer access is available from the date spring classes end through the date fall classes begin. Normal law school terms of service apply outside of these dates. May graduates will have extended access through the end of the year.
Also check out the LexisNexis Think Like A Lawyer Program, which provides research workshops and certifications for law students.
All academic Westlaw users must reset their passwords by early February. For more information and detailed instructions, please consult the following resources:
The Law Library’s Online Databases webpage has a brand new look!
The Harnish Law Library now subscribes to Oxford Legal Research Library’s International Commercial Arbitration collection, the subject of this week’s e-resource spotlight.
This new resource is an e-book collection that brings together some of the leading texts in the field of arbitration. The collection includes treaties, texts that cover some of the key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions, and a number of officially recognized texts covering the rules of particular arbitral bodies. Continue reading
This week’s e-resource spotlight is on CEB OnLaw, an invaluable database containing over 140 full-text CEB California practice guides on multiple legal subjects. Many California attorneys rely on CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) practice materials. CEB OnLaw is available to current Pepperdine Law students and recent graduates who have passed the California bar exam. Continue reading
The Harnish Law Library now subscribes to LawMemo, an online resource providing access to labor and employment law cases dating back to 1999 from all appellate state and federal courts, including the DC Circuit and the US Supreme Court. Also included are three reporters: the Employment Law Memo (ELM), the NLRB Law Memo, and the Arbitration Law Memo (ALM).
Pepperdine Law students, faculty, and staff can create individual LawMemo accounts to conduct research and set up custom alerts based on jurisdiction or topic. To sign up for a LawMemo account, please visit the Law Library’s Online Databases webpage and follow the instructions under the LawMemo entry.
Did you know that you have free access to CEB OnLaw for one year after you pass the California bar exam? CEB OnLaw is an invaluable online resource for practicing attorneys. It offers over 140 practice guides containing legal analysis and practice tips, as well as forms and links to codes and cases. Learn more
As a Pepperdine Law student, you may have access to your Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg Law account over the summer depending on your type of employment. Each company has different policies regarding summer use. Continue reading
Pepperdine Law students, faculty and staff now have access to Law360, a popular online current awareness resource for legal news. Continue reading