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.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Looking Forward to a Summer Internship/Externship?

Law students with summer internships/externships are strongly encouraged to check out the Law Library's new display on the main floor of the Law Library.  The focus of the display is preparing students for success at their summer jobs, not only in terms of legal research, but other important professional skills, as well! 

The display features information about our Summer Interns and Associates LibGuide, which covers topics such as preparing for your first day, planning and presenting your research, and specific skills such as docket research.  The display also offers resources from our Career Services Collection that discuss legal practice skills and on-the-job success strategies.  Featured titles include:

Practicing Law in Small-Town America / Richard L. Hermann

The Lawyer’s Career Management Handbook: Your Bridge to a Satisfying Career / Marcia Pennington Shannon, editor

Advice for the Lawlorn: Career Do’s and Don’ts From One of the Most Successful Legal Recruiters in the Industry / Ann M. Israel

Learning From Law Firm Leaders / Susan G. Manch (with Michelle Nash)

Essential Lawyering Skills: Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation, and Persuasive Fact Analysis / Stefan H. Krieger & Richard K. Neumann, Jr.

Maximize Your Lawyer Potential: Professionalism and Business Etiquette for Law Students and Lawyers / Amee R. McKim

The display also offers current issues of The Student Lawyer, a publication of the American Bar Association Law Student Division.  Recent issues are also available online.  Many of the recent articles provide great tips for law students and new attorneys navigating new positions in the legal field.

For students who don't have a full-time internship lined up for the summer, check out the article by Amy L. Jarmon in the the April/May 2015 issue of The Student Lawyer titled "Making the Most of Summer Plans."  Jarmon provides excellent suggestions on "how to maximize your summer weeks for résumé potential and personal growth."  Click here to link directly to the article.

(Don't forget that Director Jackson will be providing a legal research review for students enrolled in the externship program and the Law Library staff is available over the summer for research-related questions! Our normal summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Call us at (605) 677-3930 or email us at 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Summer Access to Legal Research Platforms

Law students often ask us about whether or not they are able to use their access to WestlawNext, Bloomberg Law, and Lexis Advance over the summer, at an internship, or after graduation.  Each platform has its own policy regarding summer, employment, and post-graduation use.  See below for details!


Continuing Students: WestlawNext may only be used under certain circumstances over the summer or outside of regular academic use.  Those circumstances include:
  • Summer Law School Classes
  • Law Review and Journal Work (including write-on competitions)
  • Project for a Professor
  • Moot Court
  • Unpaid Non-Profit Public Interest Internship/Externship or Pro Bono Work that is Required for Graduation 
If you meet one of these circumstances, you must register for summer access, and can do so here.

Graduating Students:  You may register for access to WestlawNext for 6 months after graduation (until November 30, 2015) through the GradElite program

Lexis Advance:

Continuing Students:  Any law student with a registered Lexis Advance ID will automatically have summer access and can use that access for either educational or commercial purposes.

Graduating Students:  Lexis offers graduating students a complimentary ID that provides access through December 31, 2015.  However, you must sign up for the ID using your student credentials here.  

Bloomberg Law:

Continuing Students:  Law students with Bloomberg Law accounts have full access over the summer with no restrictions on use.

Graduating Students:  Students automatically receive an additional 6 months of access after graduation without having to register. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Coffee For Finals!

The Law Library and Law School are pleased to again provide free coffee at the Circulation/Reference Desk during the finals period.  The coffee will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays throughout the finals period (Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8).

Please stop by for a caffeine boost!  Styrofoam cups, sugar and coffee creamer are provided, but feel free to bring the container of your choice.