The law library recently began a subscription to TradeLawGuide, a new WTO law research database. TradeLawGuide provides access to WTO agreements, instruments, jurisprudence and other documents including pre-WTO materials. The database has several unique features such as a Subject Navigator and a Terms & Phrases tool that provides quotations of terms and phrases as defined in WTO agreements, instruments and jurisprudence. TradeLawGuide also allows users to “note up” WTO law. Similar to Shepardizing, “noting up” refers to examining the judicial treatment of legislation or jurisprudence. In addition to providing access to primary WTO and pre-cursor materials, TradeLawGuide also includes attorney prepared case Commentaries which provide insights and legal assessment of recent WTO cases.

TradeLawGuide can be accessed via the law library’s A-Z database list.


1L Information

We met many of the new students during the recent library 1L orientation, but if you were unable to attend, here is a summary of some of the most important things we covered:

Library Survival Guide
If you need information about law school in general, briefing a case, or outlining, consult our new student guide at

Study Aids

The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries.  For specific titles see our Finding Study Aids Guide at:

The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook in the Reserve area for two-hour check-out (no overnight checkouts).  The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference or limited photocopying and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks.  The library does not purchase copies of required supplementary materials/handouts or upper division course materials.  

Study Rooms

Study rooms can be reserved for your study group.  It’s a two hour maximum per day per group.  For more information, visit: and click on the links under Study Rooms and Equipment Requests.


New and Notable: Excelling in Law School

0735599246Excelling in Law School: A Complete Approach  / Jason C. Miller
Call Number: KF272.M548 2013

Written by a recent law school graduate with an extraordinary success story, Excelling in Law School: A Complete Approach transcends merely surviving the experience, demonstrating how to earn high grades by working smart, excel in extracurricular activities, publish, and land top jobs. ..Miller relieves some of the anxiety about law school by conveying proven strategies that will appeal to today’s tech-savvy law student. He outlines the available resources and study-aids and shows how to effectively use new technologies such as websites that distribute outlines, companies that provide MP3s of detailed lectures on first year courses, student-maintained outline banks, recorded lectures, professor podcasts, and PowerPoint slides. Students learn the specific, unique skills required to approach law reviews and scholarships and to hunt for jobs. Excelling in Law School: A Complete Approach observes successful tactics used by other students and guides readers in selecting the strategies and resources that best fit each personality.