Friday, May 08, 2015

Access to Past Exams

Just a reminder - there is a new and improved system for accessing Past Exams.  Here is a summary of the instructions.  Steps 3 and 4 seem to be the key.

1. Click on the Past Exams link  here or from the Students link on the Library homepage (under Library Resources).
2.  Log into the Portal.  Fill out the User information requested.
3. You will need to add "Law Exams" as a course.  Try "Search by Course" and search for "Law Exams".  
4. Once you see Law Exams, click on Add Course.  You will need to get the password from the Reference librarian or Circulation desk.
5. Once added, click on the "Law Exams" course name.  This will bring you to the list of past exams available.

As always, if you need assistance, ask your favorite Reference librarian.  Also, check your email.  Dean Selby sent the full instructions with screenshots to all students on April 28.

Good luck on your remaining exams !!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 07, 2015

In The Legal News: Cellular Phone Searches

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that police may obtain historical cellular telephone tower location information from third-party businesses without a search warrant. Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Bar Study Options at Area Law Schools

If you are a Hofstra Law student studying for the July Bar Exam, your 24/7 access will be extended until Wednesday, July 29.

If you are taking a bar review course at another law school, or would like to study at another law school to study for the bar exam, you may have access to other law libraries.  Check the Summer 2015 bar exam chart for the access policies of area law schools.

Congratulations! You worked hard and we wish you success for the future.

Note: 24/7 access is a privilege for Hofstra Law students and 2015 Law graduates only.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New York Adopts Uniform Bar Exam

In his Law Day address today, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced a change in the Rules of the Court of Appeals to allow for the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in New York, beginning in July 2016.  As Judge Lippman explained, '[w]ith New York's adoption of the UBE, New York law graduates will no longer have to duplicate their efforts by taking the bar exam in multiple UBE jurisdictions."  Other states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam to date are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The notice of the Rules change states that "[a]pplicants who achieve a passing score on the UBE and seek admission in New York will also be required to complete two state-specific components: an online "New York Law Course" and a separate, online 50-question multiple choice exam" on New York specific law. The New York essay question portion of the current bar exam will be dropped.

A New York Times article provides further background, and the full Report of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) is available here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat