--To course readings available
--To other resources
Readings Available Online
LawNerds is a website with tips on how to survive lawschool.
Particularly useful for this course are instructions on how to read
State Constitution is available
online in an anotated format with a linked glossary. The state of Rhode
code is all available online--be sure to read the murder
For details on how laws are made in the United States, watch "How a
Bill Becomes a Law" on YouTube.
To access other readings on e-reserve, see the listing in the library catalogue.
To look up court cases and legal codes, try Findlaw or the Cornell University Legal
Information Institute. Information about the Supreme Court of
the United States can be located at Oyez;
recent cases are covered on the SCOTUS
Wiki. Lexis-Nexis is also a good place to start
when doing legal research--you'll need to log in with your library bar
code to either the
Academic (for legal research publications) or Congressional
(for Congressional history) research site.
Law.com offers a legal dictionary, a useful term for figuring out all the strange and legal-specific terms you'll encounter this semester.
If you are interested in following the legal news, you might look at Law.com or check a directory of legal blogs.
Particularly recommended is SCOTUSblog.
You might want to look at the website of the Rhode Island Judiciary,
which includes information on the different courts as well as job
opportunities. The Court systems in Massachusetts
Connecticut also have websites.
If you find law interesting and are considering pursuing a career
relating to it, make sure you know all your options. The Bureau of
Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook
Handbook, which covers the expectations, requirements, and
job market for hundreds of jobs. Consider
looking up Lawyers, Paralegals/Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries,
Claims Investigators, and Mediators. There are many jobs the OOH does
not cover as well, including court reportors, victim's advocates, court
clerks, legal administrators, etc.
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Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, 2008