Career Resources in Bloomberg Law

All law students know the stress of prepping for exams, often while multitasking to find a summer job.  While you’re all aware of the many exam prep resources available in or through the library (study aids, flash cards, CALI lessons!), did you know that your Bloomberg account can help you prepare to find and succeed at your summer job?

Bloomberg’s Career Resources Center has information on how to find connections at the places you want to interview, how to rock your interview, and how to be an awesome summer associate.

To find the Career Resources Center, look under the Law School Success heading, just under the Getting Started section on your Bloomberg homepage, and select the Career Resources link.

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Inside the Career Resources Center, you will find sections in Interview Preparation Help, Networking Tips, Job Search Tips on Resumes & Cover Letters, and Summer Associate & Internship Success Tips.  There are also tools to help you research judges, attorneys, and firms to find out more about the people and places with whom you want to interview.  Of particular value is the People Search, which allows you to search for alumni from U.S.C.

For example, you could do a search of people who went U.S.C. who are now judges.

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The list of results will bring up a list of judges who are U.S.C. School of Law Alumni.  Having a connection like this can help you immensely in your job search.  Of course, you can also run this search using your undergraduate Alma mater or any other number of factors.

Many of the articles on job searches, networking, and succeeding as a summer associate are written by hiring managers at law firms, who know first hand what makes an interviewee or a summer clerk stand out in a good way–or a bad way.

Good luck with your job hunt and your summer work experiences–you got this!

 

Oral Arguments

 

It’s that time of year again.  The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, the allergy sufferers are suffering, and the IL students at the University of South Carolina School of Law have just turned in the final draft of their spring writing assignment.  This assignment stands as one of the major milestones of the first year of law school.  It is a big accomplishment and should be celebrated accordingly.  However, once this assignment is in, it also means it’s time to grab your suit, head to the courtroom, and start oral arguments.

Every former law student remembers his or her IL oral arguments.  Most think back and remember two things: 1) how well they did and 2) their classmates’ misplaced and overwhelming anxiety.  I remember one of my law school classmates in particular, who was raised on a rural Pennsylvania farm, pacing back and forth in front of the courtroom doors muttering to himself, “What are you doing?  Why didn’t you just stay at home with the sheep?  You should have just stayed with the sheep.”

Regardless of your stance on public speaking and oral arguments, it’s important to realize that they are something you’re going to have to do. Trying to get better is certainly better than languishing in your own self-doubt and fear.  So, on that note, here are some great videos on improving your oral argument and public speaking skill.  Nothing is going to help you as much as practicing, but a few tips and tricks never hurt anyone.

 

Legal Twitter

Everyone knows the old adage “you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”  Interestingly enough, the phrase is often flipped for lawyers.  Anyone with $200 and a good tailor can look, or “walk” like a lawyer.  “Talking” or being familiar with the important issues of the legal profession is a what can be a real challenge.  With the current glut of legal publications, it is nearly impossible for practicing attorneys and law students to keep up with professional news. However, a little know how and a little social media can go a long way in keeping you up to date.

Enter Twitter.  Twitter is often unfairly stigmatized by its association with pop musicians, entitled athletes, and 14 year old girls.  What many outside the current generation don’t realize is that it is also an excellent way to keep up with professional news.  Many legal information outlets tweet important breaking legal news.  Magazines and newspapers use twitter to promote their longer articles, making twitter an effective way to quickly see what kinds of legal news is being discussed.  Even the Supreme Court has a twitter account that tweets out links to recently decided cases ( @USSupremeCourt ).

Want to learn more?  Check out the link below for suggestions on good accounts to follow.

http://blogs.findlaw.com/technologist/2014/01/50-twitter-accounts-lawyers-should-follow-religiously-part-i.html

 

Resources You’ll Want to Know: Jurisprudence

jurisprudenceOHCHR Jurisprudence is a new database from the UN Human Rights Office providing access to jurisprudence coming from the United Nations Treaty Bodies that receive and consider complaints from individuals:

  • the Human Rights Committee
  • the Committee Against Torture
  • the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
  • the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
  • the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and
  • the Committee on the Rights of the Child

The database is “intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by” the above committee, allowing researchers to search “the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.”  It could also be a helpful tool for those trying to prepare complaints to be submitted to one of the committees.

Researchers can do a basic keyword search, or can use the advanced search functionality, which provides a series of filters that researchers can use to narrow their results.

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Resources You’ll Want to Know: Fastcase

A recent article entitled “The 10 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2014” notes that value companies, such as Fastcase and Casemaker, are beginning to be more widely used by larger firms.  The article notes that “larger firms are encouraging associates to use them for routine case law and statutory research.”  This is probably in part due to their lower costs and the fact that Fastcase and Casemaker are sometimes provided for free to dues-paying members of state bar associations.

South Carolina is one such state, recently making the switch from Casemaker to Fastcase.  To try out Fastcase and start getting familiar with it, select “Law Library Electronic Resources” from the library’s homepage.  Fastcase is listed under Legal Search Engines Research on the left hand side.  fastcase

For some videos on how to use Fastcase, select Tutorials under Help Options on the Fastcase homepage.  You can sign up for a webinar training or watch short videos on the basics of using Fastcase.

OUP Debate Map on Military Action in Syria

Trying to follow all the legal coverage on potential military action in Syria but getting lost in the debate? John Louth of Oxford University Press has released a new, freely-accessible Debate Map through the Oxford Public International Law website to allow students and researchers to track more readily the legal debates surrounding the possibility of military action against Syria. The map covers different issues of international law separately and provides details on the dates, commentators, and positions for the arguments that have taken place. This is a great resource for anyone interested in witnessing the development of principles of international law in current affairs.

What’s the nearest coffee shop to the law library?

Thanks for using covered beverage containers in the library

…and other important questions, like how to print to network printers or register your Westlaw and Lexis passwords, now answered in our latest LibGuide, Cocky’s Guide to the Law Library. Check it out and get answers to your questions on library resources and getting up and running at the law school at guides.law.sc.edu/lawlibraryorientation. Or stop by the reference desk between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Welcome back!

Bluebook Now Available as an App

We all love and hate our Bluebook. Now, the Bluebook is following the electronic herd and making the rules available as an app for all Apple IOS devices. On August 10th, 2012, the Bluebook editors announced that the rulebook app published by Ready Reference Apps would be the official and excusive app for Bluebook. The mobile version of the Bluebook is now available for sale at the App store for all Apple IOS devices for $40.00 from the App Store via the rulebook app. You have to download and install the free rulebook app and then select, download, and install The Bluebook

BUT Wait… the good news is that the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence rules may be downloaded at no charge onto the rulebook app on August 22, 2012.  The free 2012 versions of the federal laws “will be kept current through the end of the year,” states Gregory Hoole, president of Ready Reference Apps. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plan for an android version of the app. Too bad all of you android users.  However, for the apple user law students this app is something to look into when making your book purchases. [David]

25 Game-Changing iPad Apps for Law Students & Lawyers

I try to keep informed on iPad apps for lawyers. However, there are so many apps proliferating the landscape it is hard to keep up. I received a suggestion from Helene Schmidt as a comment for the article, 25 Game-Changing iPad Apps for Law Students & Lawyers”, recently published at (http://www.onlinecollege.org/25-game-changing-ipad-apps-for-law-students-&-lawyers ). This is a good article and the apps there work well for law students as well as lawyers. A word of caution, most of the apps that I recommend are free, many of these apps are not free but are very useful.  Review this article and decide which ones are for you if you are an IPad owner and need legal apps for it. [Post-DEL]

Looking for a Good IP Blawg?

I am particularly interested in Intellectual Property topics and IPWatchdog [http://ipwatchdog com/] is a great blog for those who share a similar interest.  This blog contains articles and blog posts on the entire range of IP issues. It has been selected as one of the ABA’s top 100 blogs. If this is your area of interest this blog is for you. [DEL]