Class of 2017 Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in McLaughlin Hall.

This event is held to honor law students for distinguished service and performance during law school.

Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills – Program Changes & Fall Schedule

Welcome and welcome back! The Law Library is excited to introduce a revamped Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills (Award) this year, with changes to make earning the Award more accommodating to students’ busy schedules. Specific details about program requirements and opportunities to earn points can be found on the Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills website.

The purpose of the Award program is “to provide law students with additional training in legal research skills and to supplement the current research instruction provided as part of the Legal Research and Writing courses. Some Award classes are offered as refreshers on basic research skills, but others focus on specialized areas of law. After working as summer associates, many students recognize the need for additional instruction in a number of areas covered in the Award classes, including using print resources, specific practice area resources, and low cost alternatives to the subscription databases.” (http://law.okcu.edu/?page_id=14030)

In brief, the changes to the Award program include:

  • Reducing the total points needed to earn the Award from 20 to 12;
  • Students earn one (1) point for attending an Award class;
  • Students earn one (1) additional point for submission of an optional exercise with at least eighty percent (80%) correct after an Award class;
  • All Award classes are now 50 minutes long;
  • Students will have online opportunities to accrue points, including approved CALI lessons and screencasts by our own reference librarians; and,
  • Developing a Legal Research Strategy is now a required class, but Legal Research Basics (formerly Legal Information Literacy) no longer is required.

As always, students have the entire time they are in law school to earn the Award, and points carry over each semester until graduation. The schedule of Award classes for Fall 2014 is below, and there are many opportunities to earn points throughout the year in addition to the Award classes (see website for details). We hope to see many of you taking advantage of these offerings to enhance your legal research skills.

Fall 2014 Award Classes

Date Time Topic
8/26 (Tues.) 1-1:50 pm Developing a Legal Research Strategy
9/7 (Sun.) 3-3:50 pm Developing a Legal Research Strategy
9/9 (Tues.) 1-1:50 pm Fact-finding on the Internet
9/23 (Tues.) 1-1:50 pm Finding Case Law: Indexes, Headnotes, and Citators
9/24 (Wed.) 5-5:50 pm Finding Case Law: Indexes, Headnotes, and Citators
10/6 (Mon.) 1-1:50 pm Microsoft Word Formatting Tips for PC
10/7 (Tues.) 5-5:50 pm Microsoft Word Formatting Tips for PC
10/8 (Wed.) 1-1:50 pm Microsoft Word Formatting Tips for Mac
10/9 (Thurs.) 5-5:50 pm Microsoft Word Formatting Tips for Mac
10/21 (Tues.) 1-1:50 pm Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN): Advanced Features
10/26 (Sun.) 3-3:50 pm Advanced Statutory Research: Multistate Resources
10/28 (Tues.) 1-1:50 pm Advanced Statutory Research: Multistate Resources

Please contact Sabrina Davis if you have any questions.

Award Program Celebrates its 100th Recipient

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“The librarians that took time out of their days to put on the classes did so because they wanted students to learn and benefit, and their passion for teaching research strategies could be felt in every class. They kept even the drier information interesting and made research fun!”   – D.J. Burrus, 1L

Please join the Law Library in celebrating the 100th recipient of its Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills program (Award Program). Inaugurated in the spring of 2011, our Award Program is designed to provide law students with additional training in legal research skills to supplement the instruction provided as part of the first-year Legal Research and Writing course. Since the program’s inception, reference librarians have taught over 150 classes unique to the Award Program; in addition, over one-half of our currently enrolled students have started accumulating points toward the Award.

The 100th Award recipient is D.J. Burrus, a first-year law student and President of Merit Scholars. Mr. Burrus feels that the Award Program has been a rewarding experience: “Not only did it help me understand the basics of various legal research strategies, but it also gave me an edge on nearly every assignment I’ve had so far in law school. Briefs, research projects, class notes, and even participating in moot court oral arguments benefited from the information I learned in the legal research classes.”

He found one of the benefits of the Award Program to be learning more efficient and effective research strategies: “Instead of spending hours on my own trying to develop a research strategy, I was able to quickly and efficiently get my research done, using a variety of databases. Without this program, my research would not have been nearly as complete or in-depth.”

Mr. Burrus, who will be interning this summer at the Bass Law Firm in Oklahoma City, believes that “this program can and will benefit every student that chooses to participate and learn,” and that he “would not feel nearly as confident going into [his] internship this summer” if he had not participated in the Award Program.

Several of this semester’s Award recipients are featured in the LL lobby display case. Congratulations to all students who have received the Award!

 

Sunday’s Award Classes – Last of the Semester

We are winding down the Award classes for this semester, and our last two offerings will be this Sunday, April 13:

* Summer Associate Training at 1 – 2:30 p.m.

* Family Law Research at 6  – 7:30 p.m.

Both classes will be in the Homsey Small Computer Lab in Gold Star, and each is worth 4 points with a completed exercise that earns a score of 80% or higher.

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

Please direct any questions about the Award Program to: Sabrina Davis at sadavis@okcu.edu

Last chances to earn Award Points this semester

Don’t miss these last opportunities to earn Award points for this semester – sign up on TWEN now for the following:

  • Summer Associate Training on Tuesday, April 8 at Noon or Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise)
  • Family Law Research on Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise) – Rescheduled from March 30

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

E-mail Sabrina Davis if you have any questions about the Award Program, including questions about classes you have taken and points still needed to earn the Award.

April Award Classes: Updated

Sign-up sheets are now available in TWEN for the remaining Award Classes being offered this semester:

  • Legal Research Basics on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. only (4 points with completed exercise)
    • This class (formerly called Legal Information Literacy) is required to earn the Award.
    • If you have already taken Legal Information Literacy, you will not receive additional points for taking Legal Research Basics as it covers the same material.
  • Summer Associate Training on Tuesday, April 8 at Noon or Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise)
    • Note: The reference librarians will be teaching this material in all LRW classes, so 1Ls do not need to register for this session.
  • Brown Bag: Title Examination on Wednesday, April 9 at Noon (1 point for attending)
  • Family Law Research on Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise)

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

E-mail Sabrina Davis (sadavis@okcu.edu) if you have any questions about the Award Program, including questions about classes you have taken and points still needed to earn the Award.

Final Award Program Opportunities for Spring 2014

Sign-up sheets are now available in TWEN for the remaining Award Classes being offered this semester:

  • Family Law Research on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise)
  • Legal Research Basics on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m. only (4 points with completed exercise)
    • This class (formerly called Legal Information Literacy) is required to earn the Award.
    • If you have already taken Legal Information Literacy, you will not receive additional points for taking Legal Research Basics as it covers the same material.
  • Summer Associate Training on Tuesday, April 8 at Noon or Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. (4 points with completed exercise)
    • Note: The reference librarians will be teaching this material in all LRW classes, so 1Ls do not need to register for this session.
  • Brown Bag: Title Examination on Wednesday, April 9 at Noon (1 point for attending)

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

E-mail Sabrina Davis (sadavis@okcu.edu) if you have any questions about the Award Program, including questions about classes you have taken and points still needed to earn the Award.

Award Class: Family Law Research

This week’s Award Class is Family Law Research, a 4-point session with a completed exercise. It will be offered in the Homsey Small Computer Lab (Gold Star 197) at the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 25, from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30, from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m.

(NB: Classes without sufficient enrollment on TWEN are subject to cancellation.)

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

Please contact Sabrina Davis, Reference Librarian, at sadavis@okcu.edu if you have any questions or need additional information.

Upcoming Award Classes

1) Award Class: Legislative History Research (4-point session):

Sunday, March 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

2) Award Class: Family Law Research (4-point session):

Tuesday, March 25, 12-1:30 p.m. OR,

Sunday, March 30, 1-2:30 p.m. OR 6-7:30 p.m.

 

How to register for a class:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

Contact Sabrina Davis (sadavis@okcu.edu) if you have any questions or need additional information.

Rescheduled Award Class: Legislative History Research, 3/23

The Legislative History Research Award Classes which was cancelled last Sunday due to inclement weather has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Homsey Small Computer Lab.

Please register through TWEN, using the sign up sheet called Legislative History Research – 3/23 (Make-up Session):

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”

If you have any questions, please contact Sabrina Davis, Reference Librarian, at sadavis@okcu.edu.