Laptop Exam - Critical Information

Check your student mailboxes on Wednesday, November 28, for the following information:

  1. Software download and installation instructions
  2. Instructions for taking practice exams
  3. Instructions for taking final exams
  4. Waiver forms

Laptop Exam Critical Timeline

Tuesday, Nov. 27 Exam IDs will be distributed.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 Log into www.planetSSI.com and download software.
  Install Securexam Student Software.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 to Exams Run a practice exam and upload it to www.planetSSI.com.

Detailed procedures are available on our Website.

Problems or questions? Contact Manson Seto, Applications and Information Technology Specialist, Setom@duq.edu or Milan Komljenovic, Manager of Information Technology, komljeno@duq.edu

Library Final Exam & Winter Break Hours

November 26–November 30

Monday – Thursday 8:00am–12:00am
Friday 8:00am-10:00pm
December 1-December 20
Monday – Saturday                             




Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
December 18, 19, 20


December 21–January 1

Friday, December 21 through
Tuesday, January 1

January 2–January 8
Monday – Friday 8:00am–10:00pm




Wednesday, January 9
Resume Regular Hours


Study Room Policies

Final exams are approaching, and many of you may want to utilize the library's study rooms for group study. Below is a list of study room policies, updated as of 11/26/2007.

  • Study rooms can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance.

  • Study room groups must consist of 2 or more people.

  • Rooms may only be reserved for two hours for each group with the possibility of one renewal - for a total of 4 hours. All renewals must be made at the circulation desk. No online renewals will be permitted!

  • Library workers must record the names of all group members in the book at the circulation desk.

DCLI wishes you the best of luck in your final exams!

PA Practice Books- Jury Instructions

There are three titles that apply to jury instructions in Pennsylvania.

  1. Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Committee for Proposed Jury Instructions. Civil Instructions Subcommittee. Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions. 3d ed. P.B.I. Press, 2005- , suppls. (Looseleaf). 2 vols.

    These volumes are annotated with committee comments and notes to cases.

  2. Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Committee for Proposed Jury Instructions. Criminal Instructions Subcommittee. Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions. 2d ed P.B.I. Press, 2005- , suppls. (Looseleaf). 2 vols.

    These volumes are annotated with committee comments and notes to cases.

  3. Villanova, James. Pennsylvania Proposed Points for Jury Instructions, Civil: A Compilation of Instructions Covering Civil Cases in Pennsylvania. Good Counsel Pr., 1997. (Looseleaf). 1 vol.

    This is a single volume work with various jury instructions for civil practice.

There is a wide range of topics covered including some not included in the Suggested Standard Jury Instructions. Because they are “suggested,” and not approved by the Supreme Court, they are not available in Shepard’s Pennsylvania Citations. One will have to do a full search in Lexis or Westlaw to find out where they have been cited in court cases to update the titles.

- Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions is available in Lexis as PACJVI; in Westlaw as PA-JICIV.
- Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions is available in Lexis as PACRJI; in Westlaw as PA-JICRIM.

Duquesne Law Moot Court Teams Once Again Successful

Duquesne University School of Law was a regional finalist in the ABA Arbitration Competition in Michigan, and won a spot in the national finals to be held in January 2008 at Stetson University. The members of this year’s team are Nicole Hall, Orla Powderlyn, Joe Valenti, and Krystal Wascher; they are coached by Professor Al Pelaez and Sarah Andrews (L’ 05).

Additionally, the School of Law’s ABA Labor and Employment Team advanced to the semi-finals of the Regional Competition in Washington DC. Twelve elite trial teams competed in this competition; this was the Law School’s first experience with this national tournament. The eight students on this team were Lauren Applegate, Katie Charlton, Lyle Dresbold, Ashley Fowler, Lisa Goodman, Mike Herald, Amie Mihalko, and Jarod Takah. The team is coached by Professor Bruce Antkowiak, Michelle Mantine (L’06), and Deana Shirley (L’05). Kudos to both teams!

Legal News Links

State secrets' doctrine draws scrutiny from Congress, courts

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Latest Legal Links

Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Information Network http://www.loc.gov/law

The Library of Congress Law Library web site serves as a gateway to the world’s largest law library collection. As a United States government resource, access is free to the public.

The highlight of this site is the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), which can be found at the following URL: http://www.glin.gov/search.action

GLIN is an international legal database offering full text access to various published legal materials. The documents are presented in their original languages. These documents include the official text of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, as well as other legal information. The material originates from governmental and international organizations throughout the world. Helpful summaries presented in English accompany each document. The database search engine allows the user to choose numerous options including legal categories, jurisdictions, dates, and subject terms. Additionally, a “subject term index” is available to assist the user in database retrieval.