Law Library Workshops on Summer Survival Skills and Preparing to Practice, April 4 & 5

Are You Ready for the Summer?

For many of you, summer means a break from the books, but a whole new proving ground — A Real Law Job. Next week, we will be offering two programs on this topic.

Summer Survival Skills

Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 pm, Room 332

Want to know some inside tips for jumpstarting your research assignments? How to choose between Lexis and Westlaw? The top DOs and DON'Ts for summer associates?  Whether you are working at a firm, government agency, or nonprofit, "Summer Survival Skills" is for you.  Join us on Tuesday, April 4, at noon in room 332. We will give you pizza for lunch.

Preparing to Practice in Virginia

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 pm, Room 120

This session will review research resources, focusing on those unique to Virginia, including some that are free to Virginia Bar members. Speaking of the Bar, we will also discuss what to expect when taking the bar by talking about the structure and mechanics of the exam environment, including taking the Virginia essay portion on a laptop. If you plan to sit for the Virginia Bar and hope to practice in the Commonwealth, please attend this session.

Come and join us for some tips for legal research success in the real world at these two distinct sessions. Until then, here's a preview of some useful tips:

  • Sure, you know how to do legal research, but what if your employer doesn't have all of the sources you are used to using here at Mason? Find out what research sources are available at your job. Do you have access to online databases? Which ones?  What do they cost? Many practitioners rely on subject-specific subscription databases for the bulk of their online research. Take some time to familiarize yourself if you have not used them before. Some examples available here at Mason include Hein Online and BNA (

  • Does your employer put restrictions on using Lexis and Westlaw? Some employers may have a "pay as you go" plan instead of a flat rate. Others may be reluctant to pass online costs onto clients. Regardless, it's in your best interest to search as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Remember, your Mason passwords for these services can be used only for educational purposes and will be "turned off" over the summer, unless you are enrolled in summer classes or unless you qualify for certain limited exceptions.

  • Ask a law librarian. If your employer does not have one, give us a call! & We're more than happy to help you with legal research projects. Call the Reference Staff at 703-993-8076.