While law students, faculty and staff are Seattle University Law Library’s main constituents, please note that the Law Library is open to all Seattle University faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are engaged in research or studies that require the use of legal material. Circulation privileges are limited to Seattle University faculty, staff, currently enrolled students, or alumni who purchase library memberships.
Members of the general public can purchase a $5 day pass for access to the Library with no circulation privileges. Additionally, members of the general public have full access to the United States government documents acquired by the Library through its membership in the Federal Depository Library Program. All non-law school patrons must show identification at the Circulation Desk and complete the “Visitors’ Registration Form.”
During reading and examination periods, access to the Law Library is limited to law students, alumni, faculty, and researchers with specific collection needs. The Seattle University Law Library access policy is posted on our website at: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/x3174.xml.
If you have questions about access or unauthorized patrons, please contact the Law Library Circulation staff on the 2nd floor of the library. Campus public safety can also be contacted: x5990 (non-emergency) or x5911 (emergency).
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 http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/newstudent.
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: http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/studyaids.
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 can be reserved for your study group. It’s a two hour maximum per day per group. For more information, visit: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library and click on the links under Study Rooms and Equipment Requests.
This guide is a must read for those who are new to law school or for those who are still confused about anything in the library, from the card security system to how to reserve a study room!
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.
As you are starting your new classes, we’d like to remind you about CALI lessons. If you are unfamiliar, CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials on a wide range of legal subject areas. Lessons are completely free for our law students. They are useful for mastering material during the semester and for exam preparation.
When registering a new CALI account, you must use our school’s authorization code to create the account. You can get the authorization code at the Reference Desk. You only need to use this authorization code once. After that, you will use the email and password you created when you signed up. CDs with the lessons are also available at the Reference Desk.
The Library makes many different research platforms available to students–Blackboard, Casemaker, Lexis, Hein Online and Westlaw—to name just a few. Take advantage of your free access during law school and learn to use these platforms. On each system, look for tutorials, help screens and videos to help you get the most out of them.
Please note that you need your university identification card to get into the law school and law library during specified times. More information about library hours and access is available here.
Sometimes you have to laugh … or wax theoretical … about the nature of legal education. This research guide points you to commentary which is more useful than what you might find online, and it’s even in book form so you can read it on the bus. Plus, you can see how different legal education used to be, and be extremely thankful it’s not like The Paper Chase anymore.
Excelling 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.
Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges / Molly Bishop Shadel
Call Number: KF283.S52 2013
From the Publisher:
Many college graduates aren’t prepared for the new challenges they will face in law school. Intense classroom discussion, mock trials and moot courts, learning the language of law, and impressing potential employers in a range of interview situations—it sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding Your Voice in Law School offers a step-by-step guide to the most difficult tests you will confront as a law student, from making a speech in front of a room full of lawyers to arguing before a judge and jury. Author Molly Shadel, a former Justice Department attorney and Columbia law graduate who now teaches advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law, also explains how to lay a strong foundation for your professional reputation.
Communicating effectively—with professors, at social gatherings, with supervisors and colleagues at summer jobs, and as a leader of a student organization—can have a lasting impact on your legal career. Building the skills (and attitude) you need to shine among a sea of qualified students has never been more important. Finding Your Voice in Law School shows what it takes to become the lawyer you want to be.