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Law Library Orientation

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  1. Point your browser to and log in using your myBama credentials (, NOT your law school credentials (                                                                                                                                                       
  2. On the top side of the screen you should see several menu tabs.  Find and select the “My Courses” tab.  This will open a page displaying all courses in which you are currently enrolled. All 1Ls should already be enrolled in a class titled “LAW-610-Legal-Research,” but you may see other classes as well.



  1. Once you click on the class, you should land on the course homepage. There will be links on the left side of the screen for course content.  For the 1L legal research course these will include the course syllabus, guides for each topic, interactive videos, and course exercises that you will need to complete for the course.  
  2. If you need assistance with the course web page, contact Iain Barksdale.  You may also access Blackboard-specific FAQs and technical support by selecting your personal profile in the upper left and then clicking the "?" icon at the bottom of your profile screen.


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TWEN (Westlaw)

What is TWEN?

The West Education Network® (TWEN) is an online extension of the law school classroom. Using TWEN, you can access course materials on document pages, participate in class forums and live discussions, take online quizzes, exchange e-mails with professors and other students, and more.

How Do I Access TWEN?

  1. Point your Internet browser to 
  2. Enter your West OnePass username and password in the appropriate text boxes. If you have not set up your OnePass account yet, please refer to Westlaw registration on this guide before continuing.
  3. Choose TWEN from the Sign-On bar across the top of the screen.

How Do I Use the My Courses Page?

The My Courses page, which is displayed after signing on to TWEN, is your personal directory for the TWEN courses you add. After you add a course to the My Courses page, you can click the course title to enter a course, view its course home page, and access course materials and resources.

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Will I Need a Password for Individual Courses?

Each professor may individually require a password in order to add his or her course. If a password is required, there will be a text box under the Password(s) column



To obtain a password, check your course syllabus or the law school's webpage for course listings

Below are some FAQs related to TWEN. Please see the TWEN Student's Guide available from the TWEN Resources page for complete user information.  

How Do I Navigate Within a Course?

To enter a course, click the course title on the My Courses page. The course home page is displayed, which provides access via links on the left side of the page to all of the materials and resources your professor has chosen. Click these links to access course materials, such as forums, quizzes, a course calendar, live discussions, and assignments.

How Do I Create Messages in a Forum?

You can post messages in a forum only if your professor has allowed it. To do so: 

  1. Click Forums on the left side of the course home page.
  2. Click the forum name you want to enter.
  3. Click Add Topic at the top of the forum page.
  4. Type a title of the posting in the heading text box.
  5. Type the content of your posting or edit the format of your posting.
  6. Click Post Topic to add your posting to the discussion list.  If anonymous postings are allowed, a check box labeled Post this message anonymously is displayed.

How Do I Respond to Messages in a Forum?

  1. Click Forums on the left side of the course home page and click the name of the forum you want to enter.
  2. Click the posting you want to review.
  3. Click Reply. 
  4. Type the content of your posting 
  5. When you are finished, click Post Message. 

How Do I Get More Help Using TWEN?

TWEN assistance is available online by clicking TWEN Help.



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Lexis Classroom

Using Lexis Classroom

  1. Point your browser to http:\\\lawschool and log into LexisNexis as normal. (You should have already created credentials for Lexis access prior to accessing the web courses. There is a flyer in your orientation packet that contains instructions for creating these credentials.)
  2. Once you are at the law school landing screen, click on the "Training" menu button on the top right of the screen to open a drop-down menu and select "Add Course."



  1. To add a class, find the instructor’s name. All active courses by that instructor will be listed. Click on the course you would like to add. Some instructors may place a password on their course. Your instructor should provide you with the password if they have set one.




  1. The “My Courses” link will take you to your dashboard. From here, you can access any courses you have enrolled in.


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