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US Legal System

It’s a little more than just being a bill sitting up here on Capitol Hill; this research guide by Kelly Kunsch is useful for new students or people with a burning interest in Constitutional law, as well as a comparative reference for the differences between state and Federal legal systems as well as Indian legal systems within their respective Nations.


 

Legal Research Tune Up 2016

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law firm law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios. Please bring your laptop.

The workshop is free and will be held on Thursday May 19th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Please RSVP by May 17th.

Questions? Contact: Barbara Swatt Engstrom at engstromb@seattleu.edu


 

Featured Database: Foreign Law Guide

International law can be one of the most complex and challenging areas of legal research. The Foreign Law Guide seeks to simplify the process by providing links to both primary and secondary sources of law for over 190 countries throughout the world. The database provides links to English translations of the legal materials from each country. In addition to providing information on individual countries, the database contains bibliographical information on many international conventions and treaties. The database is easy to navigate, as users can search for legal information by country name or by searching for particular areas of law.  Check it out on the library database page.


 

Featured Database: Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

Are you looking for the most recent articles in a particular area of the law?  The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is an index of recently published legal periodicals that is maintained by the UW Law Library.  The CILP index is updated on a weekly basis and it includes an archive that stretches back to 1999.  CILP contains citations to articles divided by subject area and tables of contents for each periodical that is cited.  Individuals with access to Westlaw or Lexis will want to click on the html version of the weekly lists as they include links to the articles in those databases.  Check it out on our library database page.


 

Links to Government Research Resources

From THOMAS to FedWorld, here’s every link you’ll ever need to do governmental research online for free. The Federal Government puts most of this information online at no charge; this research guide tells you where to find it.


 

Writing a Paper this Semester?

Here are some common questions and answers:


 

Corporations

So you decided to take Business Entities this semester and you’re feeling a burning desire to know more about corporate law, or maybe more about Washington-specific corporate law? This research guide, by Kelly Kunsch, is packed with everything you need, from where to find forms for corporate formation to useful journals relating to corporate law (check out the Securities Regulation Law Journal for possible vacation reading!) or where to find Washington corporation registrations online.


 

Featured Database: Subject Compilation of State Laws – Fifty State Surveys

Have you ever wondered where to find a comparison of state laws governing the proceeds from the sales of all those lottery tickets you buy hoping to pay off your student loans?  Or how various states’ laws on the use of cell phones while driving compare?  If so, Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws (LAW-Reserve KF1.N93) is the place to start.

Subject Compilations is an annual bibliography that is divided into legal topics as diverse as lotteries, traffic, taxation and hundreds more. This resource provides citations to legal publications (including law review articles, books, court briefs and opinions, federal and state government publications, loose-leaf services and websites) where multi-state information can be found.

In addition to the bound volumes of this set, the law library has a comprehensive searchable database of the entire set available through Hein Online. This database contains references to 50-state surveys and allows you to link directly to journals found within Hein Online or the Web.  The Subject Compilations database is searchable across a number of fields, including subject, journal title, title, creator/author, added authors, court, or entry number (entry numbers are used in cross references and in the author and publisher indexes).  It can be accessed on the library’s subscription database listings, under Hein Online.

Still looking? Westlaw and LexisNexis also offer fifty state survey products.  Additionally, the book, National Survey of State Laws. (LAW-Reserve KF386.N38) provides detailed charts of state legislation on popular topics.  The charts make it easy to compare state approaches.  For assistance, please contact the reference desk at x4225 or lawreference@seattleu.edu.


 

Solo and Small Firm Practice

Many law graduates venture out into the real world in a small or solo practice.  This guide helps you with the basics, like how to start your own law library, keeping a business plan, and deciding where you want to locate your office.  Even if you’re just thinking about starting out solo or small, this guide is a great read about the realities of solo practice.


 

Researching Legal Careers

The Researching Legal Careers guide points to resources about general career planning and covers career specialties such as elder law or tax law. You can also learn about business etiquette and how to interview successfully. Look for it under the library’s Guides tab.