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How to have a standout summer

It’s not too soon to start thinking about how to make the most of the summer. Are you ready to show off your research skills?  Are you sure?  Take one hour to have some pizza and come away feeling truly

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New Exhibit at the PLRC

On March 14, the Pritzker Legal Research Center debuted its spring exhibit, Color of Law: Andy Austin’s Chicago Courtroom Sketches. The exhibit features eleven pieces from the Andy Austin Collection, which the artist generously donated to the library last year.

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New Year, New Look for Westlaw

If you’ve used Westlaw this semester, you’ve likely noticed some major changes, or perhaps thought you’d accessed the wrong database!  Indeed, as of January 2019, all law students now have access to Westlaw Edge, the latest iteration of Thomson Reuters’

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Resource Spotlight: Hein’s U.S. Federal Legislative History Library and Proquest Congressional

Some research tasks involving legislative materials are relatively straightforward.  You need to find a certain document, what librarians call a “known item.”  You need a particular Senate Bill or a public law and maybe you even have the citation or

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Food for Fines

Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 21, Northwestern University Libraries will be hosting our annual food drive.  Overdue library fines will be reduced by $5 for every food item donated. Nutritious, ready-to-eat food preferred. We cannot accept open packages, homemade items,

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Fall Exhibit: Clarence Darrow

For Alumni Weekend, the PLRC debuted its fall exhibit, Clarence Darrow: Selections from the Arnold Greenberg Clarence Darrow Collection. Featuring photographs, rare books, correspondence, and others materials, the exhibit presents snippets of Darrow’s life, from his relationships with his wife

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Prepare to Practice Research Review

If you weren’t able to make the Prepare to Practice research sessions in April, we will offer an encore session on Wednesday, May 9th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in RB203 (lunch provided). If you can’t make it to campus,

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Legal Analytics Tools Available Through the PLRC

Did you know that the Pritzker Legal Research Center provides access to numerous legal analytics tools?  Researchers can use these tools to, among other things, (1) learn more about the writing and decision patterns of judges, (2) review the litigation

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Resource Spotlight: Ancestry.com

Although it’s often used for genealogy, Ancestry can also be a valuable tool for legal research. Containing census records, military records, and immigration records, it can be helpful when looking into the history of a person or place, and especially

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  Is he safe…or out? The Pritzker Legal Research Center is getting ready for its spring exhibit featuring photographs from past faculty-student softball games. Do you have any photographs or memories from your time on the field? If so, we’d

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