The Law Library is inviting you again to the legal databases training offered by the publishers:
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Westlaw Canada (Carswell)
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Sign-up sheets are available in the Law Library Computer Classroom.
During the Christmas break, all the computers in our classroom have been replaced by modern, new, and much faster machines!!!
Now, our students can enjoy an additional study space on the 4th floor next to the Peel street side of the building. To preserve the initial “look and feel” of the library space, we had the custom-made Law Library’s desks from the Humphrey room moved to the new study space at the 4th floor, while the Humphrey room got more study spots with the new desks similar in style to our historical furniture.
Dear Law students, it is nice to see you back! Your library was busy during the study break, and we have two major additions that will make the Law Library even more comfortable place to study: new computers in the classroom and new/ remodelled study spaces at the 2nd and 4th floors.
Nahum Gelber Law Library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
“Every gentleman ought to know a little of law, says Coke, and perhaps, say we, the less the better”.
It is not a message intended to discourage our students in their quest for legal wisdom but merely a quotation from the recent addition to the Law Library Rare Books collection, The Comic Blackstone (original 1844 edition). This witty and infinitely entertaining book was written by Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811 –1856), an English humorist, journalist, and a lawyer, who belonged to a family claiming descent from Thomas Becket. It is so well written and so gently humorous that I am sure it will be appreciated even by exams-stressed Law students. These are few more quotes from The Comic Blackstone:
“It is a beautiful fiction of the English law that no man pays taxes without his own consent; and, from this assertion, it would naturally be supposed that the tax-gatherers were the very idols of the people, who flocked round them, tendering specie and asking receipts for it. By legal imagery, the people are declared to tax themselves [...].” (p. 25)
“When the common law differs from the statute law, the latter prevails — and a new statute supersede an old one — which is just turning topside-turvy the principle which governs the common law, where the older the custom happens to be the better. Widdicomb and Methuselah are the two best authorities on questions of common law but this is not germane to the subject.” (p. 12-13)
Recently, I have seen several Law students pondering for a while in front of the McGill recycling/ garbage bins trying to figure out where to put their empty coffee cups. These are few simple tips that should help to solve this problem:
- The McGill recycling system has three waste streams, which may differ from the way many of us are used to recycling at home. The three streams need to be properly used in order to keep recycling out of the landfill
- Three partitions of the recycling/ garbage bins that correspond to three streams are left to right:
- Plastic/ metal/ glass (green stream)
- Trash/ landfill
- Paper/cardboard (blue stream)
- Emptied and, if possible, but NOT necessary, rinsed milk cartons, PAPER COFFEE CUPS, and juice cartons go into the plastic/ metal/ glass partition
Apparently, there has been quite a bit of confusion about where the Law students can find the exams from previous years or get a laptop with the secure exam software. To save you some trouble and time, this is a short summary of what we have and what we do not have at the Library:
- The Faculty of Law exams are NOT available through the McGill Library’s E-Exams Catalogue
- The Law Library does NOT have any print copies of the exams from previous years. We used to have them in the olden days when the Law Library was still in the New Chancellor Day Hall
- The McGill Library, including the Law Library, does NOT lend the laptops where you can install the secure exams software. To get more information about the secure exams software for your laptops, Law students should contact the Student Affairs Office tel. 514-398-3544 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mcgill.ca/law-studies/undergrad-programs/
Good luck with your exams!
As of September 2012, all the publications of the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons are available in electronic format only. Therefore, Publishing and Depository Services / Éditions et Services de dépôt will no longer sell and distribute Parliamentary publications in paper format. PDS are working closely with the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons to make these publications available in PDF format on the Government of Canada Publications web site. Meanwhile, you can find all the latest Reports of the Committees of the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons here.
As you probably know, there is a heated debate going on in Ontario about the future of articling. In May 2011, the Articling Task Force was established by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a result of the rising number of unplaced articling candidates seeking access to the licensing process in Ontario. The Task Force produced a 100-pages report released on October 16th, 2012, where the majority recommended a five-year pilot project, to begin in 2014, for a law practice program as an alternative option to the current articling system. The LPP (law practice program), delivered by one or more third-party providers, would combine a skills-training component and a co-op work placement for a total of eight months. Four dissenting members of the Task Force instead suggested replacing articling with a two- to three-month comprehensive transitional pre-licensing program that would consist of online courses and exams. They also called for the law schools to introduce additional experiential education programs that would allow students to gain the practical skills they need to enter the workforce. You can find the full text of the report here.