Back Issues of The Lawyer

The Lawyer is the official magazine of Seattle University School of Law, and is published for alumni and friends of the law school.” Perhaps you remember something you saw in an old issue of The Lawyer; or you want to look back at the history of the law school and the people who worked at and attended it. Back issues of The Lawyer are available online at the law school’s Digital Commons site. See (or remember) what was happening back in Tacoma when ties were wide and hair was big.

Ravel Law

Ravel Law, a new legal research, analytics and visualization platform is available to the law school through December as part of a database trial. This new legal research platform spun out of Stanford University’s Law School, Computer Science Department, and, with the support of CodeX (Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics). Check it out and let us know what you think. You must be on campus to get access to all the available tools including judge analytics. Contact a reference librarian for assistance.

Featured Database: The Making of Modern Law

The Making of Modern Law database contains scanned images of over 22,000 legal treatises on British and American law published between 1800 and 1922.  Check out this great historical resource on the library database page.

Featured Database: Subject Compilation of State Laws – Fifty State Surveys

Have you ever wondered where to find a comparison of state laws governing the proceeds from the sales of all those lottery tickets you buy hoping to pay off your student loans?  Or how various states’ laws on the use of cell phones while driving compare?  If so, Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws (LAW-Reserve KF1.N93) is the place to start.

Subject Compilations is an annual bibliography that is divided into legal topics as diverse as lotteries, traffic, taxation and hundreds more. This resource provides citations to legal publications (including law review articles, books, court briefs and opinions, federal and state government publications, loose-leaf services and websites) where multi-state information can be found.

In addition to the bound volumes of this set, the law library has a comprehensive searchable database of the entire set available through Hein Online. This database contains references to 50-state surveys and allows you to link directly to journals found within Hein Online or the Web.  The Subject Compilations database is searchable across a number of fields, including subject, journal title, title, creator/author, added authors, court, or entry number (entry numbers are used in cross references and in the author and publisher indexes).  It can be accessed on the library’s subscription database listings, under Hein Online.

Still looking? Westlaw and LexisNexis also offer fifty state survey products.  Additionally, the book, National Survey of State Laws. (LAW-Reserve KF386.N38) provides detailed charts of state legislation on popular topics.  The charts make it easy to compare state approaches.  For assistance, please contact the reference desk at x4225 or

Featured Database: ProQuest Congressional Digital Research Collection

The Congressional Digital Research Collection is a database that includes comprehensive coverage of Congressional Research Service reports from 2004 to present. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a legislative branch agency that conducts policy research for members of Congress. Reports are prepared by nationally recognized experts on a wide variety of topics. The LexisNexis Congressional Digital Research Collection is available on the law library database page.

Featured Database: National Moot Court Competition Library

Hein Online provides digital access to the winning records and briefs from the 1st– 65th annual National Moot Court Competitions.  Documents can be searched from 1950-2015 to find on point discussions from the briefs and records written by the winning teams.  Check out Hein Online on the law library database page.

Working this summer?

Bloomberg Law, in addition to providing exceptionally useful legal research materials, has a number of guides and tips for excelling in your internship, externship, or clinic placements. If you don’t already have a Bloomberg log in, go the site and register as an academic user using your .edu email address. Job info is found on the homepage of the site.

Summer Online Research

Did you know you can use your Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg accounts during the summer? Each service has different rules (especially about whether or not you can use your account for work purposes) and you might have to extend your password. Visit each providers homepage for more information.

Bloomberg Law

Most SU law students are quite comfortable with WestlawNext and have some familiarity with LexisAdvance, but many don’t know about Bloomberg Law. This research service is incredibly useful, especially for business and transactional work. If you haven’t tried it already, sign up now.

Featured Database: Clearinghouse Review

The Clearinghouse Review: The Journal of Poverty Law and Policy is an excellent source for analysis of issues in Poverty Law. Clearinghouse Review is hosted on the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law web site. The web site features news on recent changes to state and federal government assistance programs and a Poverty Law Library with pleadings in trial and appellate level cases. You can access Clearinghouse Review from the law library database tab.