New and Notable: Finding Your Voice in Law School

Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges / Molly Bishop Shadel
Call Number: KF283.S52 2013

From the Publisher:
Many college graduates aren’t prepared for the new challenges they will face in law school. Intense classroom discussion, mock trials and moot courts, learning the language of law, and impressing potential employers in a range of interview situations—it sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding Your Voice in Law School offers a step-by-step guide to the most difficult tests you will confront as a law student, from making a speech in front of a room full of lawyers to arguing before a judge and jury. Author Molly Shadel, a former Justice Department attorney and Columbia law graduate who now teaches advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law, also explains how to lay a strong foundation for your professional reputation.
Communicating effectively—with professors, at social gatherings, with supervisors and colleagues at summer jobs, and as a leader of a student organization—can have a lasting impact on your legal career. Building the skills (and attitude) you need to shine among a sea of qualified students has never been more important. Finding Your Voice in Law School shows what it takes to become the lawyer you want to be.


On-Line Indian Law Resources

Lupe Ceballos and the Center for Indian Law and Policy prepared this excellent guide of resources on Indian law, Indian rights and treaties, and rights of tribal nations. This guide is useful for everyone from students on their first day in their federal Indian law class to practitioners working in the field.


Exam Taking Resources

Starting to prepare for exams?  Consult our online research guide on Exam Taking Resources for a bibliography of books and other resources you may find useful for exam preparation.


Need a Refresher on Legal Research?

The library has several books which can help you hone your legal research skills: Check them out!

Fundamentals of legal research, by Steven M. Barkan, Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn, 9th ed, New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2009.

Legal research illustrated: an abridgment of Fundamentals of legal research, 9th ed, by Steven M. Barkan, Roy M. Mersky, Donald J. Dunn, New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2009.

Legal research in a nutshell, by Morris L. Cohen and Kent C. Olson, 9th ed, St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2007.

Legal research survival manual, by Robert C. Berring and Elizabeth A. Edinger, St. Paul, MN, West Group, 2002.

The legal writing handbook: analysis, research, and writing, by Laurel Currie Oates and Anne Enquist, 4th ed, New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2006.

The process of legal research, by Christina L. Kunz … [et al.], 7th ed, New York: Aspen Publishers, 2008.

Washington legal research, 2nd ed, by Julie Heintz-Cho, Tom Cobb, Mary A. Hotchkiss, Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.

Washington legal researcher’s deskbook, 3rd ed, by Penny A. Hazelton … [et al.], Seattle, WA: Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, 2002.


Library Noise Policies

As we get closer to exams, please remember to respect the Library’s noise policies. Quiet conversation in the main entry area of the Library is acceptable, but in the study areas keep noise to a minimum. The fourth floor is a designated quiet zone, and cell phone use is not allowed in any part of the Library.


Check it Out: The Pelican Brief

In this movie adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel, Julia Roberts plays a law student who theorizes about the murders of two Supreme Court judges. She writes her theories into a legal brief that she gives to her law professor Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard). When Callahan, her mentor and lover, is killed, she knows her theory is correct and the only person she can trust is investigative reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington). Check out The Pelican Brief from the law library and watch as this thrilling story unfolds.


Library Security Gates

The Library uses electronic security gates to help protect our collection. These gates will beep when material that has not been properly checked out and desensitized are brought through. If the alarm sounds, please return to the circulation desk. In addition to Library materials, other items may set off the alarm, including textbooks purchased at the bookstore, inventory tags, and other electronic sensing devices; Circulation staff may be able to help you identify the source and can help desensitize those items.


Library Doors

Please enter and exit the Library from the main doors on the second floor of the Law School. All other doors are alarmed and for emergency use only. Using these other doors (including those into the internal stairwells) will trigger a loud audible alarm that can only be turned off by Public Safety.


Faculty Publications

Law School faculty publications are included in the Library collection whenever possible. Many of them are displayed in exhibit cases on the main floor of the library, but you can find circulating copies of many faculty books on the East wall of the Reserve section of the Library.


The History of SU School of Law

Seattle University School of Law is almost 40 years old. To celebrate the 35th anniversary, Professor John Weaver wrote two short articles on the law school’s history. They were published in the law school’s “Lawyer” magazine and you can read both articles online.

Law School Celebrates 35 Years with a Look Back

Law School at 35, Part II