Catalog Help

Need to know the ins and outs of searching the library catalog?  This research guide covers the basics of what is in the library catalog, basic searching, advanced searching, and where items are located.

First-Year Law Student Resource Guide

This is the authoritative guide to our favorite things here in the library to help you survive being a 1L.  It covers resources about law school, case briefing, and outlining.

US Legal System

It’s a little more than just being a bill sitting up here on Capitol Hill; this research guide by Kelly Kunsch is useful for new students or people with a burning interest in Constitutional law, as well as a comparative reference for the differences between state and Federal legal systems as well as Indian legal systems within their respective Nations.

Solo and Small Firm Practice

Many law graduates venture out into the real world in a small or solo practice.  This guide helps you with the basics, like how to start your own law library, keeping a business plan, and deciding where you want to locate your office.  Even if you’re just thinking about starting out solo or small, this guide is a great read about the realities of solo practice.

Researching Legal Careers

The Researching Legal Careers guide points to resources about general career planning and covers career specialties such as elder law or tax law. You can also learn about business etiquette and how to interview successfully. Look for it under the library’s Guides tab.

Finding Study Aids

Need an overview of a particular area of law or to clarify a particular legal concept?  The law library purchases the following study aid series:

  • West Hornbooks
  • West Nutshells
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Emanuel Law Outlines

Current study aids are located in the Reserve collection.  Check the online catalog for specific titles  Study aids are available for 2-hour check out and selected “starred” copies can be checked out for 24 hours.  “Starred” books cannot be renewed.  Fines will accrue for late items at the rate of $1 per hour. If you would like to check out a study aid for 6 weeks, selected copies of older editions of these study aids are located in the Treatise collection for checkout.

The law library is pleased to provide students with this collection.  We hope that students will take care to maintain the collection for the benefit of everyone.  Remember, study aids are just that: aids to your regular study.  They are not a substitute for attending class and reading required material!

Library Study Aids

The law library purchases the following study aid series:

  • West Nutshells
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Emanuel Law Outlines

Current study aids are located in the Reserve collection. Study aids are available for 2-hour check out and selected “starred” copies can be checked out overnight. Overnight books are available at 3 p.m. and are due the following day at 11 a.m. for day students and 6 p.m. for evening students. On Thursdays at 3 p.m. the overnight status converts to weekend so the study aid will not be due until Monday. Please note that there is no weekend checkout during the exam period – overnight checkout only. Overnight books cannot be renewed. Fines will accrue for late items at the rate of 25 cents per hour for the first four hours and $1 for every hour thereafter. Selected copies of older editions of study aids are located in the Treatise collection for checkout.

Legal Research Tune-Up 2015

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law libraries are pleased to offer a legal research workshop to help students brush up on their legal research skills for their summer employment or other summer research endeavors. The workshop will cover state and federal legislative history, regulations, and practice materials using a problem-based approach. Students will have hands-on practice working through research scenarios.  Please bring your laptop.

The workshop is free and will be held on Wednesday May 20th from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Sullivan Hall room 109. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP here by May 18th.

Questions? Contact: Barbara Swatt Engstrom engstromb@seattleu.edu

Washington Supreme Court Notifications

So you watched the oral arguments when the Washington Supreme Court came to the law school? Now, do you know how they decided on the issues? The Washington Courts website provides a notification service that you can subscribe to that will notify you of a new opinion within 30 minutes of its filing. Consider it.

Ask a librarian

Having trouble with a research problem for your externship? Wondering if you’re missing something in your clinic assignment? Wanting to use WestlawNext more effectively? Reference librarians can help. Look for us at the desk on the left as you enter the library or email us at lawreference@seattleu.edu!