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Law Library News for April 2, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Free Giveaways during National Library Week

National Library Week will be celebrated April 1-7, 2001. The American Library Association  and libraries sponsor this national observance each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

So how are we going to celebrate it here at Gallagher Law Library? We want to give you things as a way of saying thanks for visiting the library and to encourage you to stop by whenever you need help. All you have to do is stop by the Reference Office and say "Happy National Library Week!" and you get to pick out a prize from our box of treats. We have t-shirts, a baseball cap, beer mugs, drink coasters, card holders, clocks, pens, and more.

Upcoming Bar Exam

by Patricia Wiesner, Reference Intern

For those students who are planning to take the bar examination in Washington this year, the next exam is scheduled for this summer on July 31, August 1 and 2, 2001. The exam will be given at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Applications made by students (not admitted in any jurisdiction) will be accepted between March 1 and April 30, 2001 and must be postmarked on or before that final date. The fee for students is $375.00. Application packets may be obtained from the Washington State Bar Association for $15.00.

Students who want to review Washington State Bar Examination questions and sample answers from prior examinations can find print copies from February 1994 through July 1999 on Reserve (KF303.W37) and less recent exams can be found in the Classified Stacks (KF303.W37). There are also copies on microfiche from 1985 to 1999 (KF303.W37m at Reserve). These exams are copyrighted. The Law Library does not photocopy bar exams, neither will the Law School Copy Center.

In addition to the bar examinations, the Law Library has bar review materials. The most recent is a videotape entitled Get a Head Start on the Bar Exam (KF303.W44 2001 at Reserve). Our collection also includes other videotapes:

  • Washington State Bar Examination Preparation. KF303.W37 1997 at Classified Stacks
  • Washington State Bar Exam Orientation. KF303.W37 1996 at Classified Stacks
  • West Bar Review (KF303.W48 1995 at Reserve) is an audiotape.

Also available are print materials: West Bar Review Washington (KFW81.W37 1996 at Reserve) and Bar Review Associates of Washington materials (KFW81.B37 1993 at Reserve).

There are also resources about bar examinations in and requirements of other states. Some of these include the following:

  • Alaska Bar Examination. KF303.A43m on microfiche at Reserve
  • Compilation of Bar Examination Questions and Answers. KF388.C6, latest at Reserve, and earlier in Classified Stacks
  • American Bar Association´┐Żs Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. KF302.C65, latest at Reserve & Reference Office

 More information about similar resources can be found in the Reference Office. In addition, the Reference Office has information about pass rates, subjects covered on the exam and the format of the upcoming exam. This information can also be found at the website of the Washington State Bar Association,

Feeding Time at the Fed

Why not spend your lunch hour this Wednesday April 4th (12:30-1:20pm) with a few law librarians as we explore U.S. Government material available on the Internet - for free! In this virtual information feast we will explore primary law sources (cases, bills, statutes, and regulations) and secondary sources (topical reports, databases, and statistics). So please bring your lunch and munch while Ann Hemmens and Cheryl Nyberg mouse around in Room 139.

Take Your Kids to Work Day

by Nancy McMurrer

Attention: Law student, faculty and staff parents!

The Law Library's fifth annual Take Your Kids to Work Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10. There will be two classes, one at 10:30 and one at 11:30. Please bring your school-age children to the Library's Circulation Desk on the second floor by 10:25, librarians will take them to the first class (in room 147), and then escort them to the second class (in room 29), where parents can pick them up again at 12:20.

So, what are the classes about this year? The first class will be led by Professor Maria Victoria. She will be exploring legal issues that arise in school. For instance, some students might find it tempting just to take off from school on a warm, sunny day. But what does the law have to say about kids who play hooky? Just remember, the law is everywhere, even in elementary, middle and high schools!

In the next class your children will investigate the law and the law school on the web with reference librarian Mary Whisner and computing services director Tiffany Cramer. This is a hands-on class to be held in the Library's Research Training Center, room 29.

We hope your school-age children will join us!