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Using CALI lessons for exam study

December 9, 2011 -

Need to clarify a point in your casebook while preparing your exam study outline?  You can use CALI lessons specifically geared to particular parts of your casebook for this purpose.  CALI is the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction; many of you know their topic-based lessons.  Use this link ( to select your casebook and then browse by casebook section to find the relevant CALI lesson.  Be sure to stop by the Law Library Information Desk for a sweet treat to keep up your energy during exam studies!  Questions?  E-mail for assistance.


December 7, 2011 -

ebrary is a collection of full text electronic books covering many subject areas. BC is buying ebooks on the ebrary site and you will find individual books listed in Holmes and the library catalog. In order to use this resource, you must first create an account on ebrary.  Then you will be able to save ebooks to your Bookshelf, download them, and save Notes.  For more information, click here.

Legal Research Courses for Spring 2012

November 21, 2011 -

Legal research courses satisfy the practical skills requirement and serve to strengthen and broaden your research expertise.  A listing of all legal research courses for Spring 2012 semester is available here.

Quiet Study Areas

December 5, 2011 -

As you begin studying for exams, you may want to settle down in an area of the Law Library away from foot traffic and disruptions.  Here are a few suggestions: Microform Room on level 1; 4th floor area designated as quiet study space; Rare Book Room – sorry, no food or drink allowed in Rare Book Room.  Also, Rooms 153 and 253 will be open for additional study space beginning on Thurs., Dec. 8.

Looking ahead to Diversity Month

December 2, 2011 -

Boston College Law Library has hosted a Diversity Read for the law school community for the last 3 years.  Each spring, students, faculty and staff read a diversity-themed book and meet over lunch to discuss it.  Our previous titles have been: The Color of Water, Run, and Little Bee.  This year, we are conducting a survey to allow law students to choose the Diversity Read title.  You can respond either by completing a paper survey form at the Library entrance or by completing the online survey at:

Access to prior year exams

November 16, 2011 -

Ready to gear up for your final exams? The Law Library has a collection of prior year exams. Detailed information is available here:

Student Newsletter Fall 2011

October 12, 2011 -

  • Research Habits Survey
  • Text a Librarian
  • Law Library Mobile Site
  • Holmes and Quest
  • Rare Book Room
  • Civil War Research
  • Research Sessions
  • Bloomberg's New Look
  • CALI 5
Research Workshops for Writing Requirement Courses

September 19, 2011 -

BC law librarians are available to assist students in identifying paper topics for writing requirement courses and defining their research strategies for their papers.  Workshop dates will be posted soon.  You can request a research appointment by sending an e-mail to or by texting your request to 617-70-BCLAW.

Rare Book Room Exhibit

September 19, 2011 -

This new exhibit is open for viewing in the Rare Book Room, and a digital edition is also available for those unable to visit the physical exhibit or for anyone interested in more information on the featured works.  Massachusetts was an extremely important legal publishing center in the 19th century, when American law book publishing was taking off…  

BC Law Library Research Training

August 31, 2011 -

 Welcome back! Here are opportunities for you to refresh or enhance your research skills. All sessions held during common lunch period.

Legal Research Course Offerings

May 31, 2011 -

Legal research courses satisfy the practical skills requirement and serve to strengthen and broaden your research expertise.  A listing of all legal research courses for academic year 2011-2012 is available here.