Friday, November 20, 2015

Law Student Art

Title: Sorrow and Rage over the Tragedy of the Commons, as it pertains to law school.
 Artist: unnamed 2L

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: Maritime Traditions

Admiralty/maritime law is one of the oldest Western legal traditions. The historical record indicates that the ancient Greek island of Rhodes created a comprehensive set of maritime laws that were later incorporated into the Justinian Code of the Byzantine empire. The Justinian Code than strongly influenced later Mediterranean commercial powers such as Barcelona and Arles, as well as the Hanseatic League in northern Europe. Similar laws were adopted by the island of Oleron, whose feudal ruler, Eleanor of Aquitaine later imported the legal tradition to England when serving as regent for her son Richard I. Maritime law came with English colonists to North America, and admiralty remains a unique subset of federal law. In the international arena, traditional Western maritime law has been formalized by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

However, the Western maritime tradition is not the world's only maritime tradition. Slate this week featured an interesting article about the ingenious navigation system used by Marshall Islanders, a Micronesian people living in the South Pacific. The Micronesian, Melanesian, and Polynesian people of the Pacific Ocean all have their own maritime traditions at least as old as those of the Western World.

Study Aid Materials in the Law Library

Finals are almost upon us, so here is a reminder of some of the exam prep materials available to aid you in your studies:

Study Aids
  • Electronic: 
    • The Westlaw Study Aid Subscription offers study aid materials on a wide variety of legal topics and includes series such as the Acing Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, Nutshells, Black Letter Outlines, and many more.
    • The Understanding and Questions & Answers series of study aids are available in e-book form from the Law Library's subscription to the Lexis Digital Library.
  • Print:  The Law Library has a variety of study aids on the study aid spindle next to the circulation desk and case briefs behind the circulation desk.  All 1L course subjects are covered, as are a wide variety of upper class subjects.  The Academic Success office also provides print study aids that can be checked out.
  • Audio: Also available on the study aid spindle, all 1L course subjects have CD or MP3 study aids available, and many of the upper class subjects are covered as well.

Past Exams
Check out the Exam Archive for past or sample exams for your courses.  If you don't find any for your class, ask your professor if they have put print copies on reserve at the Law Library circulation desk or if they have posted some on the class TWEN page.

CALI Lessons
CALI provides online lessons and tutorials on a variety of legal topics that can be useful in class review and exam prep.  You'll need a UK student authorization code to access them, so please contact the circulation or reference desks for the code, or email me at

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Now Circulating: Book Stands!

Ever wished you could continue reading cases while simultaneously taking notes and eating whatever free donuts/pizza/candy the benevolent powers-that-be have provided that day? 

Now you can! 

Check out a wonderful, hands-free book stand from the law library circulation desk today!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: Quelle Impasse!

Iran is once again at loggerheads with a western power. While the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (plus Germany) and Iran were able to come to agreement on a nuclear deal after decades of hardline stances, Iran has now become embroiled in a dispute with one of those permanent members, France, that involves traditions stretching back centuries instead of mere decades. The President of Iran is scheduled to visit France, where the President of France will host a state dinner. However, the Iranians insist that the state dinner follow halal (meaning among other things that there should be no alcohol), while the French insist that a dinner cannot be a state dinner without wine. This leaves diplomats to answer the impossible question of whether it is more likely to get the Iranians to relent on a religious issue or to get the French to relent on an oenological issue. Quelle impasse!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Titles from October 2015

Check out our Featured Acquisitions page for October 2015 to see the new titles in the Law Library!

A few sample titles:

Monday, October 5, 2015

New Titles from September 2015

Check out our Featured Acquisitions page for September 2015 to see the new titles in the Law Library!

A few sample titles: