Friday, April 24, 2015

Summer and 3L graduate access for Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw

Summer access policies for Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westalaw are as follows.  Graduating 3Ls, see below, for post graduating access.

Summer access:
Bloomberg - summer access automatic, no action on your part required
Lexis - summer access automatic, no action on your part required
Westlaw Students may extend their passwords for Summer access only for the reasons listed below.    See Summer Password Extension page.
  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law Review and Journal, including write-on competitions
  • Research assistant
  • Moot Court
  • Unpaid internship/externship

3L Graduate Access:
Bloomberg - you will have access for 6 months after graduation with no restrictions
Lexis - your ID will remain active until 8/1. For access after 8/1, you need to register for a special ID here .  It is important to register for your Grad ID before 8/1 since you will need a current Lexis Advance ID to register.

Westlaw - you will need to complete an online password extension request on the Westlaw homepage.  Choose the "Need Westlaw this Summer" option.  You will have access until 11/30.

As always, if you have any questions ask your favorite Reference Librarian.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New York To Consider Chimpanzee Personhood Claim

According to a news story via Reuters, “an animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe in Manhattan issued an order late Monday, called a writ of habeas corpus, requiring the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island to defend its right in court to keep the primates.”

Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Net Neutrality Update

"On April 13th, the FCC published its final rules entitled “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet” in the Federal Register (  The rules are set to become effective on June 12, 2015 – 60 days after publication.  Once rules have been published, there is a 10-day period to make legal challenges to the rules.  Although net neutrality has been popular with citizens, the new rules have been opposed by many powerful interest groups."

Hat Tip Patricia Morgan, AALL GRC Committee
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CALI for Exam Success

Along with study guides and past exams, don't forget as you review for finals. CALI Lessons, a library of over 900 online interactive tutorials for IL as well as 2L and 3L law school subjects, can be found at the CALI welcome page.  CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is a nonprofit consortium that facilitates the creation of these tutorials by law school faculty from across the country.

CALI Lessons are free to all Hofstra law students. They can be searched by topic (Constitutional Law, Business Associations), by casebook, and by individual subtopics, such as probable cause, within a subject outline. CALI is a great tool for revisiting those concepts or cases that were difficult to understand or that you need to review and gain confidence in before the final exam.

You will need to register online with a password, or school code, the first time that you use CALI Lessons. Just contact or visit the Reference Desk to obtain this code from a reference librarian.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, April 20, 2015

Past Exams

A number of our law faculty have made their past exams available for students to review.  They are available through the Law Library's site under the Students link.  Access is password protected so please contact the Reference Desk for the password.  If you have any problems, please visit us at the Reference Desk. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Study Aids

As you start to plan for studying for final exams, think about investigating the Library's Study Guides.  These guides are available on Reserve at the Library Circulation desk.   A few (relating to the UCC) are available online on Bloomberg Law.  (If you need assistance registering for Bloomberg Law, come see your favorite Reference Librarian.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

EU Begins Antitrust Proceedings Against Google

Yesterday, the European Commission initiated antitrust proceedings against Google. The Commission accuses Google of using its dominant position in the search engine market to harm competitors, by favoring its own shopping products within search results.

Read more here

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Exam Period Extended Hours

Exam Period Schedule - Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, May 13
Monday - Friday       8:00 A.M. - 11:00 PM.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, May 13 (last day of final exams)  8A.M.- 7:00 P.M.

Library Study Rooms
Click here to access the Library’s study room policy.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Magna Carta Celebration Continues

You've probably heard by now that this year marks the 800th anniversary of one of Anglo-American law's most treasured documents--the Magna Carta.  A special exhibit at the Library of Congress, featured in a previous post, proudly displayed one of the original copies.  Now, to accompany its ongoing celebratory exhibit, the British Library has created an outstanding digital presentation of original items on display, articles, videos, and more to enjoy online.  And closer to home, the latest issue of the New Yorker features an eye-opening article about the Magna Carta in its own times and in American legal tradition, "The Rule of History: Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the Hold of Time," by historian staff writer Jill Lepore.  Anyone interested in law, history, or our heritage of legal rights should check these out.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, April 13, 2015

ABA Journals on Hein Online

The American Bar Association Journals is a sub collection of the Law Journal Library (Hein Online) which contains only titles published by the American Bar Association.  You can search an individual title or across the collection.  Each article is a separate PDF so this is a good source for journal source gathering.

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