Thursday, July 2, 2015

Law Library Hours - Independence Day Weekend

The McKusick Law Library will be closed to the public on Friday, July 3, an observed holiday for Independence Day.  We are normally closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, and accordingly, will be closed on July 4 and 5.  We will reopen to the public on Monday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m.  Our summer hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Law students will continue to have 24/7 access to the Law Library throughout the holiday weekend using their University ID cards.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 1 Downtime for E-Books Database

Law students and faculty should be aware that the EBL e-books database available from the Law Library's Research Databases and Resources page will be unavailable on Wednesday, July 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

ProQuest will be performing a significant upgrade to its systems infrastructure in preparation for a new user platform. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.  When the new platform launches, we will announce it here on the Prairie Law Blog and will update our E-Books LibGuide with instructions on how to use the new interface. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

New Books Display and Summer Reading

With long summer days, road trips, and (hopefully!) a chance for a little bit of down time, now is the perfect time to pick up a new book from the Law Library.

The Law Library has recently acquired many new titles and we have rotated them into our new books display on the main level of the Law Library.  We are also featuring displays on both the main level and the lower level which include titles recommended by the Law School faculty as summer reading for incoming students (but the titles will undoubtedly be of interest to upper-class students as well!)

If you are able to visit the Law Library over the summer, please take a moment to visit these displays and check out any title that interests you.  Almost all of the books on the displays may be loaned for four weeks by law students, and can also be renewed.

Not able to stop by and see us this summer?  Don't forget about our e-books collection!  All the titles are available for download to law students and faculty for 7-day loans to your computer, tablet or e-reader.  Find the e-books database from our Research Databases & Resources link under Online Research on the Law Library's website (log-in with your USD network username and password).

With over 6000 titles, there's sure to be something that interests you.  While also serving as a valuable research resource, the e-books collection includes some lighter reading fare, including biographies, true stories, and insider accounts, all with a legal twist.  Try search terms such as: biography, true story, or "behind the scenes."

Some books that piqued the staff's interest for summer reading:

You Be the Judge : 20 True Crimes and Cases to Solve / by Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund

Six Women of Salem : The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials / by Marilynne K. Roach

Full Circle : A True Story of Murder, Lies, and Vindication / by Gloria Killian and Sandra Kobrin

Dangerous Odds : My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation / by Marisa Lankester

Friday, May 22, 2015

Law Library Closed for Memorial Day

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday.  We will reopen to the public with normal summer hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F on Tuesday, May 26.

Law students will continue to have 24/7 access using the University ID cards.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Updates to Computer Lab and Printers

Please take note that the Computer Lab located in the lower level of the Law Library is currently undergoing renovation. The renovation involves inclusion of lounge seating as well as a limited number of new desktop computer systems.

During the renovation, the desktops, the multifunction copier/UPrint station, the Lexis printer, and the Pharos printer will be unavailable. The computers and printers have been temporarily disconnected and removed to allow for the installation of carpeting and furniture in the room. We regret any inconvenience.

If you require a multifunction machine/UPrint station, an identical unit is located on the main floor of the Law Library. Also, the Law School has acquired a new printer which accepts both students' pre-loaded Pharos funds as well as Coyote Cash. This printer is located to the right of the multifunction machine on the main floor. To print to this printer, select "LS128" as the printer in Print options.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Law Library Summer Hours

The Law Library has switched to summer hours of operation, effective May 10.  The Law Library will be open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Circulation and reference services will be available during these hours.

(NOTE:  During the week of May 11 - May 15, Law Library hours may vary due to maintenance efforts in the Law School.  During this week there will not be any air conditioning and staff may be asked to close the Law Library with little advanced notice. We recommend you call ahead to ensure the Law Library is open during this period. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

During the summer, current students of the Law School will continue to have 24/7 access to the Law Library using their University ID cards.  Recent graduates will also be able to access the Law Library using their ID cards through the end of July.  Don't forget, however, that the Law School building will be completely closed May 16 and 17 due to the maintenance efforts.


Law Library Resources on the Bar Exam

Congratulations to all of the new graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law! 

As you set your sights on that last exam - the Bar Exam - the Law Library is ready to help you tackle the preparation process.  The Law Library is currently featuring a display which highlights some of the Law Library's resources on preparing for the bar exam.  Featured titles include:

The Bar Exam In a Nutshell / By Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

Strategies & Tactics For the MBE2 / By Steven L. Emanuel

Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays / By Mary Campbell Gallagher

The display also includes a copy of the 2015 Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements, as well other information available from the Law Library's LibGuide on topics related to the Bar Exam, available here.  The LibGuide provides links to bar exam preparation resources, as well as information on the South Dakota bar exam and bar admissions, the bar exam and bar admissions in neighboring states, as well as the Uniform Bar Exam and reciprocity information. 

Also, recent graduates with a carrel in the Law Library may keep their carrel to study for the Bar Exam.  Please let a member of the Law Library staff know that you desire to remain in your carrel over the summer.