Food for Fines Drive Nov. 17-Dec. 7

Did you return a book a little late? Forgot what time your laptop was due? Your chance to pay off those charges and help a good cause begins Monday, Nov. 17. University Libraries and the Law Library will sponsor their semiannual Food for Fines drive for the Akron-Canton Food Bank.

You can bring in nonperishable food items to pay for your fines. One food item equals one dollar toward your fines, and there is no limit on the number of items you may bring in. This offer cannot be used to pay for billed or lost items.

Through Dec. 7, you may drop off the food donations at the Circulation desk in the Law Library.

Here is a list of the most needed food items.

Please be careful and protect your belongings

We would like to remind law students to never leave your valuables alone anywhere in the School of Law. Your textbooks, book bags, purses, laptops and other belongings can be easily taken in just “30 seconds.”

We welcome visitors to the School of Law and to the Law Library, both those associated with the University and those who are not. Having open doors, however, also means anyone can come into the building. It would be wise to always be careful and make it a habit to never leave your belongings unattended.

If you see suspicious behavior, please notify law school employees right away. You can call the University police yourself by dialing 330-972-2911 (if using a cell phone) or 911 if using a campus phone.

More information about campus safety is found here.
Thank you.

Passwords for Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

During orientation activation codes for Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg were issued to all incoming law students.  Students need to register with these legal research vendors as soon as possible and activate their passwords.  I still have quite a few students that have not registered with all three vendors.  The activation codes issued during orientation are temporary and will expire shortly.  If you are unable to locate your activation codes or if you have any questions about registering for Westlaw, Lexis or Bloomberg, please contact Lynn Lenart, or call 330-972-6357.  I have a few extra passwords for each vendor but even mine expire at some point so we need to get everyone registered with these three vendors as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Use CALI Throughout the Semester!

The Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) lessons are a valuable resource that you may wish to use to review or reinforce material covered in class.

“The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 900 interactive, computer-based lessons covering most legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction and can be assigned as supplemental study material or integrated with other course materials. ” (Source: CALI web site)

To use the lessons you will need to register on the CALI site and enter our law school’s authorization code.  Here are the instructions for obtaining the School of Law CALI authorization code and accessing the CALI lessons:

1. Click on this link and enter your UAnet ID and university password.

2. A PDF document will open with Akron’s CALI authorization code and additional instructions on accessing the CALI website.

3. Go to CALI’s website ( ) and click on LogIn and then click  “Create New Account.”   Follow the instructions on that web page and enter the CALI authorization code when prompted. Use your University email address.

You will need to use this authorization code the first time you register.   During the registration process you create a custom password. In subsequent visits to use the lessons, you will just enter your university email address and your custom password.

Please do not give The University of Akron School of Law CALI authorization code to anyone outside of this law school.  The University of Akron is a member of the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction and therefore has a license to the CALI exercises.

Questions? Please contact Lynn Lenart at or call 330-972-6357.

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Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism, as defined by the University of Akron Office of General Counsel, “is the intentional or unintentional use of the words or ideas of another without acknowledging their source.” Deliberate and accidental plagiarism are treated the same by the University and the School of Law.  The University places the responsibility on the students to know what plagiarism is and to avoid it.

Law students caught plagiarizing will be violating the Law School’s Student Disciplinary Code and will be subject to proceedings under the Code.  Consequences can be severe and may include dismissal from the University.  Find out what does and does not need citing, the purpose of citations and the many different categories of plagiarism by visiting the Law Library Plagiarism Guide.  There is also a CALI lesson, Plagiarism – Keeping Out of Trouble, that will explain what constitutes plagiarism, how to avoid plagiarizing, and offers opportunities for students to test their understanding of plagiarism. 

Lynn Lenart,
Assistant Law Librarian for Reference Services