COVID-19 - Information for Law Faculty & Staff

Need IT Assistance? A request for Law AV/IT service can be made one of three ways:

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Teaching - Online Tools and Guides

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CALI Resources

The Charles B. Sears Law Library is a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), an organization that offers lessons created by law faculty and librarians, free e-texts for law school courses, and much more.

For assistance in setting up lesson links or to obtain a faculty or student registration code, please contact Library Director Beth Adelman (eadelman@buffalo.edu) or Law Librarian Brian Detweiler (briandet@buffalo.edu). 

Free E-Books/Casebooks for Students

Carolina Academic Press works one-on-one with professors to distribute time-limited eBook access to their students. (The access codes expires on June 1.) Faculty must contact bhall@cap-press.com to get the process started.

Gale/Cengage visit their COVID-19 Support page.

Lexis is willing to give access to their trial platform for 60 days. It includes all of their e-books (including casebooks). In order to gain access to the platform Beth Adelman will need the faculty member to furnish a list of email addresses. This list will be turned over to Lexis. Each person will get an invite to the platform via email. Because of FERPA, students must give you their permission to have their email addresses used in this way. If you supply her with a list of emails, she will assume each student has given their permission to distribute their email address for this purpose.

Oxford University Press - Given the ever-increasing rate of college and university closures, we want to do what we can to support your institutions and students as you adapt to distance learning. We know that many of you do not have access to our academic online book content which is creating barriers for students and staff. We’d encourage you to contact Brian Detweiler to see how we can arrange access to the key resources that you require at this time. Find your representative online.

We are also pleased to share that our colleagues at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, have made their courses on Teaching Online and Blended Learning freely available until the end of May in order to help those tackling distance learning for the first time. For more information, please visit Epigeum's website.

West Academic - is offering law students that are being moved to online classes access to electronic casebooks through June 1st. Students can call (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative for help getting eBooks.

Please note: West Academic is only providing eBooks to students under certain circumstances. Examples: If the student is relying on the course reserve copy and the library is closed; if the student’s book is in their locker, went home for spring break and book is locked in the school, etc. So, tell the students to have their reason for needing it ready when they call. It is always safe to say they are relying on the course reserve copy and the law library is closed.

Also, West Academic advised that the process for getting the eBook is much faster/smoother if students create a West Academic account online BEFORE calling. Please ask them to go to the West Academic website to create their account.

West Study Aids:
Law students and faculty will continue to have free online access to all current study aids published by West Academic.

Wolters Kluwer – If you assign a Wolters Kluwer textbook for any of your classes (most of which are the red “Aspen Casebook Series” titles), and your book is not listed below, please email me at briandet@buffalo.edu with the Title, Author(s), Edition, and ISBN # at your earliest convenience and I will forward the information to them. (The ISBN can be found on the reverse side of the title page.)

Once your coursebook information has been processed by Wolters Kluwer, which I have been advised may take 24-48 hours, your students will need to sign up for an account through their VitalSource interface using their buffalo.edu email addresses. Please note: if students attempt to sing up with a personal email address through Gmail, Yahoo, etc., they will not be able to access the materials. 

Here are their instructions for creating an account:

  1. To get started, students should visit Vitalsource and create a Bookshelf account with their buffalo.edu email address.
  2. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more.

NYS/SUNY Resources

SUNY has made many existing services and resources available to all campuses in response to the necessary COVID-19 emergency preparedness planning. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the following resources and reach out to the Open SUNY HelpDesk with any questions or concerns.

Higher Education Resources

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