Legal Research Tune-Up

The Seattle University and Lane Powell law firm 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 by May 18th.
Questions? Contact: Barbara Swatt Engstrom


Featured Database: CALI Lessons

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.


Learning New Research Systems

studyingThe 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.


Researching Indian and Tribal Law

Sitting BullReference Librarian Kelly Kunsch recently published an article on researching Indian and Tribal Law in the American Indian Law Journal. He cleverly titled it “A Legal Practitioner’s Guide to Indian and Tribal Law Research.


Human Trafficking Research

The Polaris Project offers a broad selection of resources for various actors within the anti-human trafficking movement. The site includes statistics, statutes, and pending legislation.


Finding Law Review Articles

Want to find law reviews that offer commentary on socially relevant topics and insights on secondary sources that might help make your research even better?  Trying to locate journal articles so old they don’t show up on Westlaw or Lexis?  This research guide gives you step by step instructions on how to find useful law review articles.


Featured Database: Consumer Law Manuals

Interested in consumer law?  Check out this comprehensive treatise set published by the National Consumer Law Center.  The print manuals, which are revised or supplemented annually, provide detailed analyses of federal laws, cases, regulations, and agency interpretations and letters.  Appendices include summaries of state laws, UCC provisions, relevant federal statutes and regulations, pleadings, and practice aids.  The Pleadings volume is an index to all the pleadings included in all the substantive volumes.  (Search each title separately in the library catalog: the treatises are catalogued and shelved separately.)

The companion web resource comprises individual sites for each manual and a comprehensive site that allows searching across the entire series.  The companion sites include the appendices from the print volumes plus additional materials, such as IRS forms, client handouts, and calculator software.  Search aids include keyword searches, expanding tables of contents, and, for some titles, a specialized pleadings finder.  The websites do not include the full text of the treatise chapters.  However, a keyword search at the NCLC will lead to the volumes and page numbers in the appropriate print manual.  This is a useful tool to check, for example, whether a case or statute discussed in your principal area of interest also appears in other contexts.

The NCLC Consumer Law Manuals and companion websites combine to deliver a complete, robust source for both research and practice materials.  The eighteen manuals cover the following topics:

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Fair Debt Collection
  • Foreclosures
  • Repossessions
  • Student Loan Law
  • Access to Utility Service
  • Truth in Lending
  • Fair Credit Reporting
  • The Cost of Credit
  • Consumer Banking and Payments Law
  • Credit Discrimination
  • Collection Actions
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Consumer Arbitration Agreements
  • Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices
  • Automobile Fraud
  • Consumer Warranty Law
  • Consumer Law Pleadings


Community Property

One “gift” of going to school in Washington is that we’re a community property state, which means there is specific law governing how marital assets and debts are distributed when the marital community is dissolved. You can learn more about both Washington community property law and the community property laws of other states using this research guide.


Civil Procedure

It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry, but trials are won and lost on knowing exactly how to work with the rules of the game, and that’s exactly what Civ Pro is. You can learn the basics to make your class easier with this research guide written by Kelly Kunsch.


Featured Database: ProQuest Statistical Insight

Need to find data on voter turnout, bankruptcies, product recalls, interest rates or other topics? ProQuest Statistical Insight may be able to help.  Statistical Insight is an online collection of individually indexed statistical tables, drawn from statistical compilations issued by the federal government, regulatory agencies, state governments and intergovernmental organizations as well as private sector and non-profit sources.  Check out this database on our Databases page.