What does the law library offer to students? Take a short tour and find out! Tours will last about 30 minutes and will introduce you to our study aids, online and print materials, Document Delivery Center, and lots more. Tours meet at the reference desk inside the library, and are led by a reference librarian. Sign up online today!
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.
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!
When you’re studying, it can be really helpful to see sample questions, either from a professor or in the subject matter generally. This guide by Charity Braceros-Simon shows you where the past exams are, how they are organized, and what you need to know about finding old exams. Newer exams are placed on TWEN sites at the discretion of faculty members.
The library staff understands that your connection to family, friends, and employers is vital when you are at school, but we also ask that you be courteous to your classmates and set your cell phones to vibrate or at the lowest setting while you are in the library. If you need to take a phone call, please conduct cell phone conversations outside the library. Talking in the stairwells is particularly troublesome as voices carry throughout all the floors.
This guide is a veritable bonanza for legal researchers in finding work that has already been done so you don’t reinvent the wheel.
This guide shows you how to do preemption checks on your potential law review articles, or major scholarly writings which you might be doing for an independent study. A preemption check is much more than just Shepardizing, and this guide tells you how to do it yourself and do it right the first time.
From THOMAS to FedWorld, here’s every link you’ll ever need to do governmental research online for free. The Federal Government puts most of this information online at no charge; this research guide tells you where to find it.
Oh yes, there’s much more to the UCC than you learned in Contracts; the law school has excellent classes in Commercial Law and Payment Systems, but this research guide can help you get going with basic UCC questions and how they apply to Washington law. The guide, by Kelly Kunsch, also features a carefully curated list of hornbooks and secondary sources for various aspects of commercial law in case you want to know more but aren’t quite ready to take Payment Systems … yet.
Here are some common questions and answers:
- How do I go about selecting my paper topic?
Current awareness sources like topical newsletters (e.g. BNA reports) and legal newspapers (e.g. National Law Journal) are very useful. See also our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide for Tools for Finding a Topic. You may also want to check out these useful books: Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Reserve KF250.F34 2011; Academic Legal Writing, Reserve KF250.V65 2010.
- How do I find out which articles have already been written on my topic?
Consult our Preemption Check Research Guide.
- Where can I get help with my research?
Send us a question via our e-mail reference service at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us or call the reference desk at (206) 398-4225.