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Today at HLS: Prepare to Practice Conference – Keynote Speech by Professor Daniel Coquillette

Taking place at Harvard Law School today is the 2019 Inaugural Prepare to Practice Conference, a joint initiative between the HLS Library and four other local law schools (Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, and Suffolk). This conference is designed to provide Boston-area law students with legal research instruction oriented toward their future roles as practicing attorneys. The conference …

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Upcoming Event at the Harvard Law School Library: Prepare to Practice Inaugural Legal Research Conference 2019

We are looking forward to hosting our first Prepare to Practice Legal Research Conference for law students next Tuesday, May 21, 8:30am – 4:30pm. We are teaming up to four other Boston-area law schools (Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Suffolk) to offer this full-day event, which focuses on getting students up to speed on research methods for …

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NEW EXHIBIT! Creating Community: Harvard Law School and the Bauhaus

2019 marks the centennial of the Bauhaus, and Harvard is celebrating! The Bauhaus, considered the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design, has deep connections to Harvard, including the Harvard Law School. Did you know that Harvard’s first example of modern architecture is on the HLS campus and was designed by Walter Gropius, the founder of …

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Need a Study Break? We’ve Got a Guide For That

As the end of the semester approaches and you begin prepping for exams, don’t forget to also take time for the occasional study break! If you can’t decide what to do or you aren’t familiar with the area, we have a helpful guide that includes free activities around Boston, suggestions for fun movies and books, and even tips …

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Halloween and the Law: A Round Up of Links

In honor of Halloween, many lawyers, librarians and bloggers have been considering the legal implications of Halloween-related topics. Here are some of our favorites: The Devil and Homer Simpson: This post from the creators of Law and the Multiverse considers the legal implications of Homer Simpson selling his soul to the Devil after first giving it to Marge. …

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Qualtrics Survey Tool

Qualtrics, introduced to campus by our own HLS faculty, is a user-friendly survey tool that allows for a wide variety of question and answer types. Qualtrics provides Professionally designed templates A wide range of question types Skip/branch logic Distribution to select panels of e-mail recipients or via anonymous links Custom reports updated as new responses are received Response data …

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OpenCourt Streams Quincy District Court Proceedings

Starting earlier this week, court proceedings from Quincy District Court have been streaming live over the internet thanks to OpenCourt, a new pilot program being run by WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station with funding from the Knight News Challenge.  The goal of the project is to increase openness and transparency of courts and to serve as a model for other courts …

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Support the Massachusetts State Library!

When you are doing serious legislative history on Massachusetts law, or need an obscure Massachusetts government document, there is one place to go: the State Library of Massachusetts. Since 1826, the State Library has collected a wide variety of legal and historical documents, and holds the most world’s comprehensive collection of Massachusetts government documents. Yes, even better than …

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A Little Local History: Cambridge Site Selected

Today marks the 378th anniversary of the site selection for the city of Cambridge. At the time, it was named Newtowne, and would be the colony capital for a total of six years. In 1638, the General Court moved permanently to Boston, but, according to state history website Mass Moments, the General Court gave Newtowne a “consolation prize”: …

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