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Fastcase is a leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching, sorting, and data visualization tools at your fingertips.
Fastcase is provided with a Florida Bar membership, so now is a perfect time to learn about Fastcase and its resources. As part of your student access to Fastcase's collection, you will be able to access a wide variety of practice aids and research sources from South Carolina's Academic Press.
Learning to think and write like a lawyer is the key to succeeding in law school and in practice. The law library has titles that can help you develop both sets of skills.
To develop your ability to pull legal ideas from the cases that you read and be able to understand their logic, Learning Legal Reasoning (available in the Academic Success Collection) is a solid title on how to read, interpret, and brief cases so that you can understand the legal concepts they discuss. To identify the types of legal arguments and their strengths are, The Five Types of Legal Argument (KF 380.H84 2008) is a great title on how to craft legal arguments and how to counter the arguments of others.
Legal writing requires a specialized approach and mindset for the kind of writing needed for a project. For students who need to write in a way to bring readers to their side of an argument, An Advocate Persuades (KF 8915.M338 2016) provides examples and insights on how to format and write a variety of persuasive documents. For informative writing A Lawyer Writes (KF.C68 2008) is a solid source for memo writing and Academic Legal Writing (KF 250.V65 2016) can help with the upper level paper writing process.
No matter what you are researching or writing, please come see us in the library. We are always glad to help.
Our display for October is on ethics in the law. Familiarize yourself with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including the Preamble and Scope, then take a look at the books below. If you would like to check out any of these books, please ask the circulation staff to place a hold on the book for you, and you will receive it at the end of the month.
Be sure to visit the Library’s Online Repository at http://commons.law.famu.edu/.
The Repository holds a variety of publications and documents that could be useful for projects and research. Alumni, faculty, and student academic publications are available free to access to anyone on the web and cover a wide variety of topics. Through the online repository platform, FAMU College of Law’s Scholarly Commons scholarship has reached thousands of researchers around the world. To see the readership that the College's scholarship has, you can view the daily downloads of the Repository’s holdings through a map located at the bottom of the main page.
The Repository also hosts materials on FAMU College of Law’s founding, including information on the efforts of Virgil Hawkins to enter into the profession of law.