Getting Ready for Exams

Just a reminder that the law library has numerous study aids and other resources (many on reserve) that may be useful during exams.  These include: 

  • Audio Study Aids  (A guide to available audio study aids is here)
  • Examples & Explanations Series
  • Nutshells
  • Popular Treatises
  • Questions & Answers Series
  • Undertanding Series

Good Luck!!

World Intellectual Property Day

Since 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has designated April 26 as “World Intellectual Property Day.”  The WIPO is an agency of the United Nations focused on “developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system.”  It administers a number of international treaties focused on copyright and related rights.  World Intellectual Property Day was established to increase public awareness and understanding of the significant role of IP in fostering “music, arts and entertainments” and “all the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world.”

Resources on the WIPO website include an overview (including links to PDFs) of United States IP-related statutes and regulations, and WIPO-administered treaty membership.  Please consult the law library’s Intellectual Property Research Guide  to locate additional useful resources related to copyright, trademark, and patent law.

Harvard Law Provides Public Access to Old Exams

Harvard Law School has recently made available an archive of exams given between 1871 and 1998.   

It’s interesting to see the progression of exam writing style from the earliest exams to more recent decades.  For example, the first question on a property exam from 1871 asks first years to simply distinguish real from personal property.  Older exams do ask students to analyze some fact patterns, but much shorter than those that will be all too familiar to blog readers. 

There’s also an opportunity to browse exams written by well known former professors such as Felix Frankfurter, Christopher Columbus Langdell, Roscoe Pound, and Samuel Williston

Treatises on Reserve for Trial Ad Students

The Library has acquired and put on Reserve three treatises for use by students in a trial advocacy course. Trial ad students can check-out any of these treatises for 72-hours to use in on- or off-campus mock trials. The titles are: Michie’s Jurisprudence – Evidence volume 7B; Friend’s Virginia Practice and Pleading; and Friend’s – The Law of Evidence in Virginia.

Annual Student Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about George Mason’s Law Library and Technology services.  The library staff reads all of your suggestions and has implemented many of them.  So please let us know what you think—including any comments about this blog! 

The survey ends on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Thank you!!

Go Ahead and Google it

Here’s one time when searching Google is not only a good option—it’s required.  Google has launched a Google a Day, a daily trivia game that tests your Google search skills.  To avoid game spoiling search results,  it is played using Deja Google—the Google search engine as it existed before the game began.  Answers will be printed weekdays in the New York Times, above the crossword puzzle, and on the “a Google a Day” site along with search tips.

To Celebrate National Library Week: Fine Amnesty!

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is forgiving fines.  Through Friday, April 15, patrons who return all overdue books will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Emily if you would like to have your fines forgiven.  

First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions. Notably, this year NLW’s honorary chair is John Grisham, the best selling author of legal thrillers.   Check out one of his books in our library!


How Would a Government Shutdown Impact Courts?

An announcement on the U.S. Courts website ( states that in the event of a shutdown, the Federal Judiciary would rely on “non-appropriated fees” to allow the courts to operate for “up to two weeks.”  However, if the shutdown continues beyond this period, the courts would need to eliminate any functions not “necessary and essential to continue the resolution of cases.”  Also payments to jurors, public defenders, and court-appointed attorneys would be deferred. 

Note that is a useful source of information about the operation of the federal court system, rules and procedures, and court careers.  There are also links to other related sites. 



Using the Library of Congress

GMU Libraries will be hosting workshops on using the resources and services at the Library of Congress.  The first session will be held on April 7, 2011, 3:00-4:00, Founders Hall, Room 332.  The following day, April 8, 2:00-3:00, there will be a tour of the Library of Congress. Registration for each program is required. 

To register for these workshops and to learn about additional information and technology training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, see the GMU IT Training page.