Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Legal Reading and Success in Law School

Mike Bushbaum is discussing an interesting article at the Valpo Law Blawg:
[Legal Reading and Success in Law School] is the title of an article written by Leah Christensen from The University of St. Thomas Law School, in Minnesota. In this article, Ms. Christensen presents the results of a study examining the way in which first year law students in the top and bottom 50% of their class read a judicial opinion and whether their use of particular reading strategies impacts their law school grades. The results were significant: even when students had gone through the same first-semester classes, the more successful law students read a judicial opinion differently than those students who were less successful. Well worth the time necessary to read the article. It can be downloaded through the SSRN from the following site.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=924650

Follow the prompts to download the document.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

CRS Annotated Constitution

The CRS Annotated Constitution is offered through Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII). LII describes the product below:

The content of the CRS Annotated Constitution was prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress, and published electronically in plaintext and PDF by the Government Printing Office. Dating back to 1964, the initial online annotations were published in 1992, and supplements were released in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. This edition is a hypertext interpretation of the CRS text. It links to Supreme Court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as enhancing navigation through linked footnotes and tables of contents.

District Court Transcripts to be Available on PACER

U.S. Courts release: "The Judicial Conference of the United States today voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through the Judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. Under the new policy, transcripts created by court reporters or transcribers will be available for inspection and copying in a clerk of court’s office and for download from PACER 90 days after they are delivered to the clerk. Individuals will be able to view, download, or print a copy of a transcript from PACER for eight cents per page."

From beSpacific.