Doing Law Library – Business Laws & Regulations

October 11, 2012

via beSpacific

“The Doing Business law library is the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations. We link to official government sources wherever possible. Translations are not official unless indicated otherwise. We update the collection regularly but are unable to guarantee that laws are the most recent version.”

You can run reports for data, rankings, and methodology as well as research business laws, regulations, and business reforms. The Doing Business Law Library is a collaboration between the International Finance Corporation and World Bank.


An iOS Law Dictionary for ESL Speakers

September 27, 2012

 TransLegal is meant to assist legal professionals for whom English is not their first language. As an app for the iPhone and iPad, the TransLegal’s Law Dictionary provides the definitions for more than 3,000 legal terms, and audible pronunciations and examples of how to use the term in context.

Each definition includes an audio recording of the term, to aid pronunciation, and also an audio recording of the term used in a sentence. Most terms also include a “Phrasebank,” which are additional text examples of the term in context. Definitions sometimes include additional explanatory notes to help provide a better understanding of the term and also synonyms and alternative spellings. Some even discuss common mistakes in usage of the term.

Another nice feature of this app is the ability to easily adjust the font sizes of entries and terms using a slider bar within the settings menu.

The standard price of this app is $24.99 (19.99 EUR or 17.49 GBP). However, through Oct. 6, they are offering it for an introductory price of $12.99. (via

Lathom & Watkins Book of Jargon & Legal Presentations

September 26, 2012

New York law firm, Latham & Watkins LLP, has published a series of practice area-specific glosseries that can be beneficial to law school students and recent law graduates.  These books are meant to aid members of the financial community in understanding terminology related to banking, capital markets and project finance. These searchable books can be viewed online as PDFs or downloaded as iPhone apps.

Available titles include:

European Capital Markets and Bank Finance 
An Online Glossary of European-Specific Corporate Finance and Banking Terms

Global Restructuring
The Latham & Watkins Glossary of Global Restructuring Terminology

US Corporate and Bank Finance
An Online Glossary of Corporate and Bank Finance Slang and Terminology

US Project Finance
An Online Glossary of Project Development, Acquisition and Finance Slang and Terminology

You can also view a series of presentations on various financial law topics. These presentations download as either PDFs or Power Points.  You can either browse through the listing, or search for specific topics, narrowing your search by selecting:

  • Industry
  • Practice
  • Region
  • Office
  • Date Range

Apps for Law Students – The Bluebook Citation Guide

August 15, 2012

As much as law students love to carry around 5 or 6 tomes of law school text with them all the time, one can now be dropped from the pile. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, is now available as a mobile app. The rulebook app provides easy reference to federal and state court rules, codes and style manuals. You can highlight, bookmark and take-notes with the app, just as you would with the actual book.

The app is available for sale on all Apple IOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) at

Starting on August 22nd, the Federal Rules of Appellate, Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence may be downloaded to the rulebook at no extra charge.


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Amazon Lauches Textbook Rental

August 7, 2012

Many students already shop at Amazon for used textbooks, to avoid paying the expensive versions from their school bookstores. Always on the uptake of shoppers habits, Amazon is adding a new feature to help college students find what they want at a lower rate.

Yesterday, Amazon announced that they will now be entering into the realm of textbook rentals, according to their press release.

How it works:

To rent a textbook, simply search for the book, select “Rent Now,” choose shipping and payment options, and check out. All textbook rentals are Fulfilled by Amazon and are eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25, and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping. At the end of the rental period, returns are free and simple with a prepaid, printable label.

To support this new venture, Amazon is also highlighting their free Student membership, which entails:

six months of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, plus exclusive offers, and then up to four years of Amazon Prime at 50% off. Students can learn more by visiting

via Amazon Press Release

Beat the Bookstore Prices

June 7, 2012

If bookstore prices of your law school textbooks are out of your budget, then check with these resources for less expensive options:

National Legislation Translated to English

March 28, 2012

The Law Library of Congress recently presented a new set of resources for international law enthusiasts. National legislation for over a dozen countries have been translated to English. Each link will open a PDF document. Each PDF consists of print and online resources that can be accessed in both the original language, and in English.

The countries included are:

There are also two international guides on International Organizations and International Courts.