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A Law Student’s Experience Using Casetext - Part 2: Using CARA

This post is my second in a series about Casetext. If you didn’t get a chance to read my first post, check it out here.

In this post, I discuss my experience using Casetext’s Case Analysis Research Assistant (CARA). CARA is an artificial intelligence research tool that examines a brief, complaint, or memo you’ve uploaded and returns case results that are based on the same facts, legal issue, and jurisdiction.


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Posted by Jasmine Plott on Tue. April 30, 2019 1:00 PM
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Current Awareness Resources for Summer Associates

Current awareness resources can help you prepare for your summer positions! Many of the databases that the UNC Law Library subscribes to offer newsletters and news alerts in a variety of subject areas that can help you get up to speed in a given topic and help you stay relevant throughout the summer.
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Posted by Allison Symulevich on Thu. April 18, 2019 11:06 AM
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Exploring NC Legislative Materials Online: Committee Materials

In my last blog post, we looked at the various bill tracking features on theNorth Carolina General Assembly’s (“NCGA”) website. Ideally, the legislative history research process tracks a bill as it makes its way through the legislative process, and that means our next stop is researching legislative committee materials. 
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Wed. April 17, 2019 10:25 AM
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A Law Student’s Experience Using Casetext - Part 1: Introduction to Casetext

Calling all law students! Have you heard of the newest legal research database Casetext? If not, listen up!  Dedicated to “eliminating inefficiencies in legal research,” Casetext was developed with litigators in mind, but it is intended for use by all types of legal researchers, including law students.


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Posted by Jasmine Plott on Tue. April 9, 2019 1:00 PM
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Audio & E-Book Study Aids on the Go with the Mobile App for West Academic Study Aids

As a law student who likes audio study aids, I have found the West Academic Library Mobile App to be the most convenient way to listen to them anytime on my phone for free using the UNC Law Library's West Study Aids subscription. The mobile app can also be used to access all of the print e-book study aids available via West Study Aids. This post will show you how to set it up.
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Posted by Sara M. Farnsworth on Thu. April 4, 2019 12:03 PM
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Edit PDFs with Free Access to Adobe Acrobat Pro for UNC Students and Faculty

Whereas most users access PDFs via free programs such as Adobe Reader that do not allow editing, Adobe Acrobat Pro gives users full control over editing PDF files. UNC Law students may not be aware that Acrobat Pro is available to them (and all UNC students and faculty) at no cost, because the process for acquiring the software involves a few extra steps which are not immediately obvious. However, students who go through the process of acquiring Acrobat Pro will likely find it well worth it to have access to the tools it provides during law school.
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Posted by Sara M. Farnsworth on Wed. March 27, 2019 9:56 AM
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Exploring NC Legislative History Materials Online: Bill Tracking

State legislative history research can be a daunting task even for the most experienced legal researcher. Luckily, North Carolina makes many legislative history materials freely available online, which saves legal researchers both time and money. This blog post will be the first in a series highlighting some of the online resources available to those interested in researching the legislative history of North Carolina law.
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Posted by Melissa M. Hyland on Thu. March 14, 2019 1:21 PM
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Citation Management Software for Seminar Papers

It’s that time in the semester when you have to start drafting seminar papers. Maybe you have already begun your research, or perhaps you are using your time over spring break to dig in. Either way, a citation management software could help your research stay organized. This post takes a look at Mendeley and Zotero, two free citation management tools.
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Posted by Allison Symulevich on Mon. March 11, 2019 4:23 PM
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How to Cite a Concurrence In or Dissent From a Denial of Certiorari

The Bluebook does not provide clear guidance on how to cite every authority that law students or legal practitioners need or wish to use in their papers, memos, and briefs. Sometimes, researchers will toil in vain looking for a particular rule or example to cover a less common type of source, only to find that there is no answer. They have stared into the abyss and the abyss has merely stared back! So what do you do now?


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Posted by Aaron S. Kirschenfeld on Thu. February 28, 2019 1:30 PM
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Get Ready for the MPRE with the Law Library’s Resources

For 2Ls and 3Ls who have taken professional responsibility, the March Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is right around the corner! Whether it’s your first or your fifth time tackling the exam, the law library has some resources to help you prepare.
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Posted by Jasmine Plott on Mon. February 25, 2019 9:40 AM
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