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Underground Above Ground: Demos from the Past

Schedule of future demonstrations on various skills, resources, and services, as well as details and information about previously held demos.

Missed a Demo? Never Fear

If you didn't catch an Above Ground demonstration, or if you want more information about a particular demo, check out the links, handouts, and other information on past Demos here. Demonstrations are organized into Research SkillsSchool and Study Skills, and Life Skills. You can also check out what happened on Hey Days.

Research Skills

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law all feature AI analytics. Learn how to use them in your research.

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

When artificial intelligence and Supreme Court rulings join forces, your legal analysis rockets to the next level.

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

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School and Study Skills

Choosing a Paper Topic and Avoiding Preemption

Writing a paper for a seminar or journal note is a daunting task that starts with selecting the right topic--not too narrow, not too broad, and not written about before. Librarians Kate, Seth, and Melissa talked to students about a strategy for topic selection. They laid out a three step process for selecting a topic, and invited students to explore example suggestions, sample checklists, and myriad resources to start the ball rolling on successful papers.

Check out the Law Library's guide to Choosing a Topic for Seminar Papers and Journal Notes or peruse the condensed version in the handout, below.

From generating ideas to checking for preemption, the Law Library has all the strategies and resources you need to nail your topic.

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

How to Research Clerkships

Maybe you know to look on OSCAR for federal clerkship postings, but did you know that there are many courts that don't post clerkship jobs on OSCAR? And maybe you want to work for a state court, where do you find those listings?

Librarians Kate and Seth talked with students about resources available to Michigan Law students who are interested in applying to clerkships. In addition to talking about the many places to check for clerkship jobs postings, they demonstrated the variety of resources students can use to find out more information about particular judges. The information in Almanac of the Federal Judiciary and the MLaw OCP's Judicial Clerkship Database cannot be found on Lexis, Westlaw, or the internet generally.

The guide below has links to all of this information and much more.

A clerkship can put your career on track for lifelong success. Learn how to research judges and keep up-to-date with job postings.

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Stuck on a research question? Need help with a database search? Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a lawyer librarian.

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:

Optimize your study time with the KIC Study System! Learn how you can use the Law Library's KIC Scanner to scan your course readings and automatically create audio files and flash cards.

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Learn about the new scan request system today!​

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Life Skills

Happy Lights and the Wellness Collection

Don't be SAD. Check out how the Wellness Collection and therapy lamps can get you through the dreary days of Winter.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 11:15am - 12:15pm

Organize Your 2019 with Bullet Journaling


A bullet journal is whatever you need it to be--a day planner, an event scheduler, a to-do list, a memory bank, to name a few. Librarians Virginia, Amanda, and Kate are dedicated bullet journalers. They demonstrated the bullet journals that keep their work and home lives in order, and showed students that you don't have to be an artist to live the #BuJo life.









The New Year is the perfect time to start the organizational craze that's sweeping the nation!

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Hey Days

Mardi Gras Merriment

In New Orleans and Mobile, Mardi Gras is celebrated for weeks before Fat Tuesday with colorful parades and abundant treats. The Law Library sent out three krewes of merry makers with MoonPies and beads to give students a touch of Southern carnival fun.

Keep your eye out for some festive fun to kick off Winter Recess.

Date:  Thursday, February 28, 2019

Resolve to make Winter 2019 the best term yet! Celebrate a fresh start to the school year with the Law Library!​​

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Hey Days: Summer Jobs in the Law Library

Stick around this summer with the coolest jobs on campus.

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Hey Days: Game Night Preview!

Get a taste of the fun to come when the Law Library hosts a video game night March 14th!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:15am - 12:15pm

Hey Days: Video Game Night!

Come play video games in LoCo. We'll have a variety of Wii games and other consoles for you to show your skills.

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:15pm - 8:00pm

CALI Quizzes

If you really want to learn something, you have to test your knowledge. Use CALI quizzes to make sure you know all your facts cold.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Suggest a Subject

Interested in a topic, but don't see it here? Email us with suggestions for future Underground Above Ground demonstrations.

As always, if you would like individual help with your research, using databases, or any other questions, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a reference librarian.