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No matter how glorious your resume or how many glowing recommendations you collect, you have to know a lot about a job opportunity to let a potential employer know that you are the right person for the position. Success in the legal job market, as in law school, takes a lot of homework.

And we at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are here to help! Our Law Employment Research Guide compiles resources to help you get tabs on law firms, land a clerkship with a judge, or just build essential lawyering skills such as networking and compiling contacts.

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The basic curriculum of law school tends to stay out of the courtroom, with analysis of appellate opinions largely supplanting study of the day to day activities of trial courts. But what happens even at the trial level can have profound impacts on society, with famous criminal cases capturing the public imagination. Judges can also influence society for the worse, as countless examples throughout history prove. These two volumes lift the veil on legal processes and demonstrate law’s long lasting impact.

Advanced Introduction to Landmark Criminal Cases, George P. Fletcher, 2021

Trials give rise to hot debates about law
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It may take more than a polished cover letter and impressive resume to land the job of your dreams. Employers look at more than just grades—they are looking at the whole person including professional demeanor, communication skills, extracurriculars, and more.

How do prospective attorneys break through and demonstrate that they belong in the legal profession? West Academic provides numerous law employment aids that help demystify the hiring process and light the way to a successful interview and career.

The Ross-Blakley Law Library provides unlimited access to all of the titles, and our new chart helps job seekers identify the titles
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The ASU Ross-Blakley Law Library is seeking a Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 2L, 3L, or LLM student to provide faculty research assistance and reference services at the third floor library reference desk.

Rate of pay: $20/hourWork hours: Flexible; 4-15 hours per week (scheduled 9am-4pm, Monday-Thursday)Please apply online by 3:00pm on 10/10/22 using the instructions below:

Go to https://students.asu.edu/employment/searchClick on the “Search On-Campus Jobs” boxType 84423BR in the search bar and click “Search”Click on the job title link to open the job posting and follow the instructions to submit an applicationPlease reach out to Tara Mospan at [email protected]
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Two recent additions to the Ross-Blakley Law Library collection have attorneys looking within, honing skills and reversing destructive thinking. Understanding and Overcoming Cognitive Biases for Lawyers and Law Students and Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers are driven by practicality: they hope to instill lessons that can make lawyers better at their job by identifying and neutralizing fallacies and other mental lapses and by developing a solid strategy at the bargaining table.

Understanding and Overcoming Cognitive Biases for Lawyers and Law Students, E. Scott Fruehwald, 2018

The heart of this book on cognitive biases is active learning—it contains numerous exercises to
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The Ross-Blakley Law Library’s Criminal Law and International and Foreign Law research guides have a new criminal element: The International Criminal Law page. Both guides have been enhanced by this new addition that helps introduce and explain a very different form of criminal law.

The International Criminal Law page includes information on both international crimes, a list of specific offenses such as crimes against humanity and aggression that are prosecuted at the international level, and transnational crimes, which involve more generalized criminal activity that spans two or more countries’ boundaries.

The guide includes more than a dozen books published within
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We are highlighting two of the latest additions to the law library that both concern skills and strategies of legal advocacy. Both provide key information to budding attorneys that is not usually at the forefront of the law school curriculum.

The Fine Art of Trial Advocacy: A Young Lawyer’s Resource for Success, Paul Mark Sandler, 2021

This book helps make the arduous the lonely journey of developing the skills to make a persuasive argument in a courtroom more manageable, introducing key concepts with solid examples to help budding orators unleash their potential. Much of tapping into that future glory
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Have you ever noticed small bells, envelopes, or concentric semicircular lines when performing legal research? Those symbols can help you make sure that you’re up to date, and our library guide, Keeping Current, makes it even easier to navigate the many ways databases and websites help you track developments.

The law is not a static creature, quietly collecting dust like an ancient tome on a shelf. It’s a hyperdynamic beast constantly reinventing itself as judges rule, lawmakers legislate, and scholars publish.

The Keeping Current guide provides instructions, including video tutorials, on how to make sure the law is not
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HeinOnline, a database that offers unparalleled access to periodicals, government documents, international resources, and more, has launched a new LGBTQ+ Rights database that all Arizona State University users of HeinOnline have access to.

The database opens with an introduction to set the tone for the civil rights struggle on which it focuses, shining a light on a history of discrimination and even capital criminalization before the LGBTQ+ rights movements won battles in society and in the courts.

Social attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people began to shift at a dramatic pace during the 1960s, and the 2000s and 2010s produced a sea change
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The Ross-Blakley Law Library staff was busy over the summer! One of our significant summer projects was an overhaul of what was previously known as the Indian Law Collection, which has been renamed the Indigenous Collection.

The name of the collection is not all that has changed. As part of the summer project, the Law Library staff worked to collocate all of the Law Library’s materials on the topic of Indigenous peoples, regardless of geography or secondary subject, into a single collection. This means that a number of books focused on Indigenous peoples and topics were moved from other parts of
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The Law Library is pleased to make available to you two online study aids services.

The Aspen Learning Library provides unlimited online access to hundreds of titles. Some series that are available include:

  • Examples & Explanations (a law student favorite)
  • Emanuel Law Outlines
  • Glannon Guides
  • And much more!

Use this link to create an account: Aspen Learning Library Online Study Aids.  Click register to create an account. Once you create an account, your login will ensure off-campus access to the study aids.  Creating an account will also allow you to download the Aspen Learning Library app – available for iOS
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The great news is that ASU’s Law Library offers access to dozens and dozens of high quality study aids through its subscriptions to Aspen Learning Library and West Academic. The good news is that if you’re feeling overwhelmed by sorting through so many choices, we can help.

Our new chart, A Look Inside Study Aids, lists the major study aids series on each platform. Each series usually covers the major first year and advanced legal courses, but many do so in different ways. These differences cater to different learning styles. Some students may need extensive reviews of course material,
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Podcasts are a popular form of entertainment, but they’re also an incredibly popular way to learn. They are a convenient and effective way to consume content considering your packed schedules and little free time. Law podcasts can be an important educational tool to learn about case law, historical precedents, current legal events, and the everyday challenges lawyers face. You can find a curated list of legal podcasts in our Keeping Current research guide. Topics covered include:

  • Law School and Professional Development Podcasts
  • Current Legal Events
  • Constitutional Law
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Legal Scholarship
  • Other Podcasts of Import

Pick the ones
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Our new service, Group Research Training, is an opportunity for you and two or more of your fellow students to receive personalized research training on any legal research topic. The Law Library’s expert reference librarians will meet with your group and provide instruction and training to meet your research needs. Topics can include:

• Researching for your 1L Legal Method & Writing memo

• Preparing for an oral advocacy presentation

• Researching a potential employer

• Working on a clinical project

• Starting a research paper

• Learning more about free and low-cost legal research tools

• … and
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The Ross-Blakley Law Library is a dynamic, full service academic powerhouse. The Law Library’s upcoming orientation sessions will introduce you to the reference staff and the many ways the Law Library can help you succeed in law school. The reference librarians have JDs and have been through the wringer of law school before, so we know the best study tools and information resources for law school success.

The orientation sessions will be available on three dates:

August 22 at 3:30pmAugust 23 at 9:00amAugust 25 at 12:30pm

Click here to sign up for your spot!

In addition to introducing the collections
Continue Reading Ross Blakley Law Library Tours: Success is Just a Step Away

The Ross-Blakley Law Library is a dynamic, full service academic powerhouse. The Law Library’s upcoming orientation sessions will introduce you to the reference staff and the many ways the Law Library can help you succeed in law school. The reference librarians have JDs and have been through the wringer of law school before, so we know the best study tools and information resources for law school success.

The orientation sessions will be available on three dates:

August 22 at 3:30pmAugust 23 at 9:00amAugust 25 at 12:30pm

Click here to sign up for your spot!

In addition to introducing the collections
Continue Reading Ross-Blakley Law Library Tours: Success is Just a Step Away