Monthly Archives: November 2013

Law Library Expands Hours


The library will be open the following, expanded hours for Thanksgiving week:

Tuesday:  8:00am-12:00am
Wednesday:  8:00am-11:00pm
Thursday:  Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday:  11:00am-11:00pm

The library will be open the following hours during the exam period (Saturday, November 30th through Friday, December 13th:

Saturdays: 9:00am-11:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am-1:00am
Mondays-Thursdays:  7:00am–1:00am
Fridays: 7:00am-11:00pm (Note: The library will close at 7:00pm on Friday, Dec. 13th)

Good luck on exams, and please see a reference librarian for the CALI access code or to help find any other study materials that might be helpful as you prepare for exams!

New SCOTUSblog Feature: Why Supreme Court Cases Settle

Supreme CourtCheck out this latest SCOTUSblog post on why Supreme Court cases settle.  The post was written in light of the recent settlement in the Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Garden Citizens in Action Inc. housing discrimination lawsuit.  The post is part of a larger series called SCOTUS for law students; you can check out all the post in the SCOTUS for law students series here.

Legal News of the Day: SCOTUS Declines to Hear Case Challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in a case challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s April order requiring Verizon to turn over data to the National Security Agency including telephone calls and internet exchanges of United States citizens.  The petition, brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sought to vacate the order and block similar orders, questioning whether the FISC exceeded its authority.

Prepping For Exams? Help is Here!

The library has lots of study aids available to help you prepare for your substantive law class exams.

The Study Aids are located across from the Reference Desk, to your left as you enter the library; there are also some study aids on reserve.  If you’re looking for practice questions with sample answers, this is the place to go; it can be very helpful for you to test what you know and find out what you might need to review again.  They can also help you think about how to approach questions; for example, the Crunchtime series has flow charts that were very helpful for me when I was in law school in making a plan of attack for certain types of questions.

Also helpful are CALI lessons.  It has lessons on all the first year courses, and again they are a great way to review hat you’ve already studied and test what you still need to learn, or simply to give yourself a break from outlining without taking a break from studying.  If you haven’t registered for CALI already, you can do so by going to the following website:  You’ll create your own password once you’re there. You’ll need USC’s authorization code.  Stop by the reference desk or ask your favorite reference librarian for it!

Good luck with studying!