Summer Database Access

| April 29, 2014

   You may continue to use the legal content and news you have as a law student all summer long.  Use Lexis Advance® for any purpose – including work* you perform at a law firm, corporation or government agency. Use your Lexis Advance ID all summer long for: Any purpose at all All legal content and [...]

What authority does a federal court decision have in a state legal issue?

| April 8, 2014

Legal encyclopedias are still worth exploring. Whether a case is mandatory or persuasive in your jurisdiction can sometimes be complex.  There are two national legal encyclopedias, American Jurisprudence 2d (Am.Jur) and Corpus Juris Secundum (C.J.S).  While there are differences between the two publications, they will both provide the researcher with a general overview of a [...]

Change of Law Library Circulation and Reference Hours

| January 10, 2014

After careful consideration including a study of data about utilization of  circulation, reserve and reference services,  Law Library service  hours will be reduced modestly. As of the first day of the Spring term (January 13) our hours will be: Law Library Hours Monday – Thursday   7:00 a.m.   to 11:00 p.m. Friday 7:00 a.m.    to  7:00 [...]

Are you seeking Missouri Legislative History Documents?

| November 12, 2013

At the federal level a legislative history documents consist of bills and their amendments, hearings, committee reports, debates, and presidential statements which are easily accessible both in print and online via FDSys.  The Missouri General Assembly on the other hand does not publish any committee hearing or reports for public access. There are very few [...]

BNA iPad & iPhone Apps

| November 11, 2013

 Did you know you can read your BNA reports on an iPad and/or iPhone? All of the BNA Law Reports are available on an iPhone and iPad app. … Banking and Bankruptcy, BioTech, Daily Labor, Environment, Family, Health, Government, International, Pensions, Tax, Securities, Criminal, Securities, US Law Week, and IP  are just a few. On [...]

Westlaw Free Printing is History

| June 13, 2013

Westlaw has terminated its free printing services in all law schools.  Sometime during June, the option to print to a Westlaw printer will disappear from your print menu options. So what’s a law student to do? Use Westlaw Next’s Folders to save and share your work.  You can share your folders with anyone who has [...]

Summer Access: Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

| April 23, 2013

BLOOMBERG LAW: Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer. Graduating students will continue to have unrestricted access for 6 months after graduation. If you have not already signed up for Bloomberg Law, go to and “Register for a Law School Account.” LEXIS ADVANCE: Returning students have unrestricted access over the summer. Graduating students [...]

Legal Language Explorer

| December 20, 2011

Have you see Google’s Ngram Viewer (, which charts word usage over time for a pair of words? Well, there is a new (and free) database called Legal Language Explorer (beta),,  which does something similar for words and phrases used in U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  At Legal Language Explorer, you can run a search of one [...]

Law Library Extended Hours and Restricted Access

| December 1, 2011

The Law Library will extend weekend hours and open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 & 10 and Sunday, December 4 & 11.  During the period of law exams, Dec. 3 through Dec. 16, access to the Law Library is restricted to Washington University School of Law students, faculty, and staff. Other Washington University [...]

As of November 5th, 2011 GPO Access will no longer be maintained or updated

| November 15, 2011

The Office of the Superintendent of Documents U.S. Government Printing Office draws one step closer to shutting down GPO Access. As of November 5th, 2011 GPO  will no longer be updated or maintained. Note: GPO Access will remain publicly accessible as a reference archive tool until all archival materials have been loaded to FDsys. For [...]

A list that lawyers can love.

| October 28, 2011

People love lists.  From the Top Ten Foods for Long Time Storage to the Top Ten EPA Rated Vehicles for 2011 we all love lists.   David Kope is currently soliciting suggestions for which casebook should be ranked as the most influential casebook. “One way to judge might be to consider which casebooks played a major [...]

Happy 13th Birthday to Google!

| October 21, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday to Google! Google turned 13 years old on September 27, 2011.  The World Wide Web had its 20 year anniversary this year as well.  These tools have changed the way we conduct research and communicate with people. Researchers often struggle with getting too many hits or too few on Google.  A useful [...]

If you bought Reebok EasyTone or RunTone Shoes or Apparel you may be eligible for a refund

| October 14, 2011

Advertisers may want to consider evaluating their claims for work-out gear and exercise equipment more closely.  If their claims are not supported by sound science, they may be liable as concluded by the recent Reebok settlement. Reebok advertised that walking in its EasyTone shoes and running in its RunTone running shoes would strengthen and tone [...]

Rules, Rules and more Rules

| October 11, 2011

Free Federal Rules eBooks from CALI & Cornell LII. Compatible with iPad, Kindle, and many more! Lack of DRM means the ebook files work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, or any device, software, or app that supports .epub. (Click to download.)   Don’t pay for Federal Rules (if you don’t want to). You can download and [...]

“The Captain’s Daughter”

| October 5, 2011

On September 28, 1850, the U.S. Navy outlawed flogging. Don’t you hate when you miss an important date? “The US Naval Academy museum explains however, that although the flogging of enlisted sailors ended in 1850, the “cat” was used at the Academy until much later. Naval cadets (Midshipmen) had the option of taking a few [...]

The Frugal Legal Researcher

| September 26, 2011

You have been asked to find a case written by Judge Denny Chin. Judge Chin commented in a footnote, “The Court notes that it has had success with its own, much simpler diet, which can be described in four words: “Run more, eat less.” You could search on Westlaw or Lexis or you could consider [...]

Air Travel Is the Great Equalizer

| September 16, 2011

Noticed:  Justice Ginsburg was on a United Airlines flight leaving from Dulles Airport headed to San Francisco when smoke began pouring into the main cabin.  Luckily, the plane had not yet left the runway.  The pilot ordered an emergency evacuation for the plane.  Everyone on board, including Justice Ginsburg and her Secret Service detail, had [...]

Do you need help identifying a topic for your note?

| September 9, 2011

One option is to search for topic ideas in books and journals and subject matter services. However, make sure that your topic is not preempted and current. Have you ever considered establishing an RSS-feed on your favorite website, news or blog site? There is a snippet on YouTube that explains in plain English what an [...]

Did you know that you now can download out – of – print books from Google and not just view the books online?

| September 2, 2011

We just came across new feature which allows you to download the book in either .pdf format or to your eReader of choice. At the present time, it appears that books available with this feature are from the 19th century. For example, are you seeking Simon Greenleaf. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence 12th [...]

Google discontinues government site search engine UncleSam

| August 24, 2011

Did you know that Google has discontinued it’s specialized search engine for government site – One of the biggest challenges for legal researchers is getting either too many irrelevant hits or too few hits. was a search engine that was created to limit your search query in Google to US federal, state and [...]

Tick, tick, tick…….

| August 19, 2011

Noted in The Australian:    “A time bomb that has been ticking for three and a half decades is about to detonate. Under a US copyright law from 1978, artists who sold themselves to the recording companies could reclaim their copyright, and the precious royalties that go with it, in 35 years. All they need [...]

Summer Access to Lexis & Westlaw

| May 18, 2011

Do you need access to your Law School LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords over the summer?  If so, you must (1) qualify and (2) make a request. Here’s how: Lexis: Go to and fill out the required information.  Your use must be for academic purposes which under the Lexis policy include, but are not limited [...]

New York Times

| March 30, 2011

As you’ve probably heard by now, the New York Times is no longer providing unlimited free access to its online articles.  Your choices are Read fewer than 21 articles per month online (they allow 20 free per month) Buy their introductory online subscription for 99¢ for four weeks. After 4 weeks, the price increases to [...]

Law360 Comes to the Law School

| March 21, 2011

We have a new subscription to a relatively new current awareness service that covers mostly federal litigation: Law360: The Newswire for Business Lawyers and in the following topic areas: Appellate, Bankruptcy, Class Action, Competition, Contract, Corporate Finance, Employment, Energy, Environmental, Financial Services, Government Contracts, Health, Insurance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Product Liability, Securities, Southeast, Technology, [...]

Are You Getting Used to WestlawNext?

| December 13, 2010

Now that everyone’s had some time to try out WestlawNext, you may find this document,, helpful.  It lists common Westlaw functions and explains how to use them on WestlawNext compared to classic Westlaw.

Consensus emerging that law school model ‘is not sustainable’ by Karen Sloan

| October 22, 2010

Consensus emerging that law school model ‘is not sustainable’ Karen Sloan October 20, 2010 What will legal education look like in five or 10 years? It will be more internationally focused, rely more heavily on technology and will incorporate more leadership and businesses skills, if the influential group of about 100 educators and law leaders [...]

Oxford Scholarship Online

| October 6, 2010

We have a 30-day trial  Oxford Scholarship Online.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  For 30 days we have access to OUP’s core Law scholarly books plus seventeen additional subject areas: Business and Management, Biology, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work. [...]

Variety Is the Spice of Life and Studying?

| September 7, 2010

In today’s New York Times, an article on study habits posits that variety is the key to retention.  The author explains repetition and last minute cramming is not always the key to retention of new material.  Instead, mixing up studying habits with self-testing, spacing out your study sessions, and even a change in where you [...]

In the Navy….

| July 28, 2010

“In the Navy” is a 1979 hit song by the Village People.  It is also the title of a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.  “Here’s a restored 11 minute clip from a long believed to be lost 1915 documentary on the US Navy. It was commissioned by Secretary of the [...]

Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime

| July 28, 2010

Is it ok to take pictures of police arresting someone in a public area?  Is it ok to video a police officer conducting a traffic stop?  Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds points out that too many officials think taking photos is a crime.   He then points out why they are wrong.