A new, free version of the Federal Register is now available at http://www.federalregister.gov. The new version features browsing by type of publication (notice, proposed rule, rule), comments closing date, agency and topic. There is also an RSS feed.
GULC's access to Rosetta Stone has been restored, but on a different web server. If you are a current Georgetown Law student and you would like access to Rosetta Stone, please email Roger Skalbeck. Even students who previously had a login will need to be re-registered. In your email, be sure to specify which single language you wish to study. It is not possible to study multiple languages at the same time.
All logins issued by July 15 will remain active until the end of the summer break unless they go unused for a period of 30 days. Logins that are unused for 30 days may be deactived before the end of the summer. Reactivation of logins deactivated at the end of the summer may be requested starting the first day of fall classes. Logins issued after July 15 will be deactivated at the end of the fall semester, or possibly sooner if they go unused for a period of 30 days.
Pace Law Library has published a brief table showing important changes in the 19th edition of the Bluebook. Changes include citation formats for CRS and GAO reports, and improvements in citations to Internet materials.
It’s easy for qualified law students to extend their access to Westlaw and Lexis through the summer. Just login to the systems as normal, then look for a link or a button that mentions extended summer access. Students who need summer access should apply for it by June 1st. Qualifications for summer access include attending summer school, working as a faculty research assistant, participating on journal or moot court, or placement in a non-profit externship or unpaid internship or externship.
A question on the Int-law list regarding the statute under which the Idaho missionaries may have been charged prompted an immediate response that has been retrieved from its weekly archive. Jane Williams of the University of Illinois had posted it for the immediate benefit of a faculty request: "The OAS Information Exchange network of mutual assistance in criminal matters has posted Haiti’s penal code (in French). Title II, Section VI, I deals with crimes against children and VI.II with kidnapping. This code is from 1985. Citations to related materials and to a 2005 amendment to the code can be found on GLIN." Here is another illustration of "foreign law at your fingertips"- the theme of this month’s International Forum update for librarians and posted here for any questions that may arise for researchers.
The Library’s collection of Bound Exams has been moved from the copy room to the Reference shelves along the wall on the right hand side heading towards Special Collections.
The Popular Reading Periodicals have been relocated to the Alcove in the Loewinger Lounge.
The National Association of Law Placement (NALP) released the initial recommendations of their Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession today calling for a "shift away from rolling offer deadlines toward a framework based on specific dates (Offer Kick-Off Days) before which offers should not be made."
Read all about their recommendations for 1L, 2L and 3L recruiting, as well as timing of on-campus interviews in their report.
Through Google Scholar’s advanced search page, it is now possible to limit your search to case law and law journals available on the web. This includes law journal articles contained in select subscription databases. It is also possible to search journal articles and legal opinions combined, just federal case law, or just case law from a state of your choosing. The Internet for Lawyers web site has more information.
While this is an exciting and useful development, it is important to remember that not all law journals or case law is searchable through this interface at this time.
To be able to access journal articles in subscription databases when you are off campus, be sure to edit your Google Scholar Preferences to add Library Links for "Georgetown University Law Library."
A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that as law school tuitions have increased, Hispanic and Asians/Pacific Islander enrollment in law school has increased or stayed at about the same level, while African American enrollment has declined. Contributing to increased tuitions have been increased emphasis on hands-on clinical experiences and smaller skills-based courses; increased diversity of course offerings, such as international law and environmental law; and increased student support, e.g., academic support, career services, and admissions support.
The 20th anniversary edition of the University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation, a competitor to the Bluebook, is now available for free online.