Law Library News
|Dec. 6, 2004|
Mary Whisner, Editor
To get here, you probably showed great skill at taking exams in your field, whether it was history or biology. But the typical law school exam is very different from exams in other disciplines. (It’s also not like the LSAT, another test you mastered.)
Some resources for preparing:
For more resources, see our guide on Law School Exams.
Have you ever tried to find a document that was on the Web but just isn’t at that URL anymore? What implications does this have for scholarly writing?
See Mary Rumsey, Runaway Train: Problems of Permanence, Accessibility, and Stability in the Use of Web Sources in Law Review Citations, 94 Law Libr. J. 27 (2002), available at http://www.aallnet.org/products/2002-02.pdf. Some of Ms. Rumsey’s findings are:
Here’s a tip for when you encounter defunct links (a/k/a “link rot”): try the Internet Archive, http://www.archive.org. There you can use the Wayback Machine to find a site as it was archived at different times. Want to see what www.johnkerry.com had on Feb. 1, 2002? You can do it. How about what was on www.whitehouse.gov on Sept. 13, 2001? You can do that, too. Just try the Wayback Machine.
The Seattle University Law Library has an excellent online exhibit about same-sex marriage, including both the national context and the Washington statutes and cases. See http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library/samesexmarriage/home.asp.
-- Mary Whisner
In Would You Convict?, Paul H. Robinson uses cases -- some contemporary, some old -- to illustrate different themes, such as punishing intent versus punishing harm; knowing the law's commands; and whether doing the wrong thing can ever be blameless.
Here's an example: A drug user and petty thief is hanging out at a crowded beach in Tel Aviv. He sees a backpack left unattended, grabs it, and leaves the beach. He takes it to an abandoned building to see what's in it and discovers wires and explosives. Leaving the bag, he runs to call the police. A bomb squad dismantles the bomb while the thief clears the street and keeps passersby away from the building. Scores of people are saved. Would you convict him of theft? If so, how would you sentence him?
The vignettes are illustrated (for instance, we see a picture of the beach and a picture of the thief's mother kissing him after he saved all those lives). The author also includes relevant legal provisions and guides the reader through the legal analysis. A long appendix gathers the applicable statutory and case law rules for each case -- sometimes noting changes in the law (e.g., giving the statutes in force at the time of an illustrative case and the statutes in force today).
This book is in the Classified Stacks at KF9218 .R634 1999.