The Law School Circle of Life

Disney’s “The Lion King” was released in the summer of 1994, when many of the 1L students whom we welcome today were toddling around the house. Its most familiar song, which evokes the film’s theme, is “The Circle of Life,” an apt metaphor not only for our journey through this life, but for a student’s three-year passage through law school. Despite the changes that have occurred and have yet to take place in legal education in the near future, there are rituals that remain in place. This week is a major ritual for both our new students and for us who stand ready to help them through their time with us: First Year Orientation. While we will not literally hold up our new students to present them to the heavens and the assembled herds, as Rafiki does for Simba, we do help our students grow in their knowledge of both the substance of the law and their understanding of professionalism. We in the Marx Law Library are anxious to help you, our new students, in achieving your goals for completing your program here. Welcome, and we look forward to meeting with you!

Summer Starts in the Law Library

Research Training Session Tuesday

  • Human Rights Quarterly Staff Training with Susan Boland
  • 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Room 100B


Studying for the Bar Exam

While you start your bar review course, don’t forget that the library has a Bar Exam Resources Study Guide authored by Susan Boland. Check it out!

Time to Clean Out Carrels

This coming Friday, May 29th is the deadline for retrieving your personal belongings from library carrels. Please don’t leave your stuff for the lost and found box! Thanks!


Congratulations to Our Graduating Students!

The Robert S. Marx. Law Library staff offer congratulations to the college’s students who will receive their J.D. and LL.M. hoods tomorrow. You’ve worked hard to achieve this milestone, and we hope you celebrate well. We especially want to recognize those of you who have worked with us during your time here:

Nicholas Ehlert, J.D.
Ryan Goellner, J.D.
Tenechia Lockhart, J.D.
Marina Schemmel, J.D.
Lauren Van Hook, J.D.
Sarah Vasanth, LL.M.
Ming-Hsiang Wang, LL.M.
Zach Zipperer, J.D.

Stop By for Refreshments Before or After Your Exam!

Last week we gave you tips on how to prepare for exams. This week we’re glad to offer again our coffee break table in the Federal Materials Room of the Marx Law Library. Each weekday morning during exams you’ll find bagels, cream cheese, and hot coffee, and throughout the day there will be other snacks to help you make it until your next meal. We thank our donors and our staff members who make all this possible for you, our terrific students!

Prepare Yourself and Your Computer for Exams

With classes wrapping up this week, we offer some tips so that you and your computer will be ready for smooth and steady performance on final exams.

  • Tips for You
    • Plan your study time realistically: By know you know how quickly you can read and retain what you need to know. Set aside enough time to accomplish what you need to cover in the time it will take you to cover it.
    • Pay attention to your body: Get the nutrition, exercise, and rest you need to maintain your stamina and resistance to “bugs.”
    • Use your support network: If you need moral support, talk to your friends and family, and if you think you might be depressed, talk to a counselor. If you need help finding study materials, look at our research guides or talk to a reference librarian.
  • Tips for Your Computer
    • Check that your computer is in good working order.
    • Pack the power adapter and its cord in the bag with the computer before you leave home for the college.
    • Carefully read through the instructions for using the exam software for spring semester.

We look forward to celebrating the end of the semester, and for our 3L and LL.M. students, the award of your degree, with you soon!

This Week: Training Opportunities Abound

Get Set for Your Summer Position: Register for Legal Research Boot Camp

Be prepared for the research that you summer work will require. The Marx Law Library and the Chase College of Law Library at NKU jointly offer our annual Legal Research Boot Camp. Choose either of two sessions:

  • Monday, May 18th @ Chase from 12:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. (lunch provided)
  • Tuesday, May 19th @ UC Law from 8:00 A.M. – Noon (breakfast provided)

The Boot Camp will refresh your research skills and help you demonstrate your readiness to practice to your summer employer. View the session schedule and register today!

Upcoming Research Training Sessions

  • Tuesday, April 21st
    • Professor Smith’s sections: Administrative Law with Susan Boland
      • Section 2: 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
      • Section 4: 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Thursday, April 23rd
    • Professor Bradley’s section 5
      • Cost Effective Research with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302
  • Friday, April 24th
    • Professor Bradley’s section 3
      • Cost Effective Research with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302


Bloomberg Law Update for Faculty

  • Chris Bartkowski of Bloomberg Law
  • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302


Don’t get caught off-guard by Exams and Writing Assignments!


Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

Our Own Special Week!

We in the Robert S. Marx Law Library love giving our customers the best possible library services to help students, faculty, and staff do your jobs every day! As the American Library Association reminds us, “Celebrate the unlimited possibilities @ your library!®” Stop by throughout the week for snacks; on Tuesday afternoon, we’ll have cake and coffee to celebrate National Library Workers Day. And you thought that administrative assistants had April celebrations all to themselves! Remember that you can stop by during business hours at anytime to get the help you need to fulfil your information needs, and find us 24×7 at our website!

Upcoming Legal Research Sessions

  • Tuesday, April 14th
    • Professor Smith’s sections: Low Cost & Free Legal Research with Susan Boland
      • Section 4 in Room 100A 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.
      • Section 2 in Room 100A 1:30 P.M. – 2:55 P.M.
  • Wednesday, April 15th
    • Professor Lenhart’s section 1: Cost Effective Research with Ron Jones
      • Room 100B 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.
  • Thursday, April 16th
    • Professor Bradley’s section 5 Low Cost & Free Legal Research with Shannon Kemen
      • Room 302 1:30 P.M. &ndash 2:55 P.M.
  • Friday, April 17th
    • Professor Bradley’s section 3Low Cost & Free Legal Research with Shannon Kemen
      • Room 302 10:40 A.M. &ndash 12:05 P.M.