The law library staff congratulates George Mason University School of Law Graduates!
Please remember that library services continue to be available to you after graduation. Student IDs are valid through October 6, 2014—so recent grads may reserve study rooms, check out books (until Sept. 30), and use the computer labs.
The library is open to the public for conducting legal research, so please feel free to use our print resources and publicly available databases (includes in-library access to Keycite, Shepards, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw Patron Access Terminals). Reference librarians are also happy to assist you in person, by phone, or via email.
Best of Luck Class of 2014!!
Graduating GMUSL students have the following access:
Bloomberg Law: Access until December 31, for any purpose, including commercial. No action is needed to continue access.
Lexis Advance: Access until July 31. To extend access (with restrictions), visit wwwlexisnexis.com/grad-access/
- Access to job-related resources for 18 months after graduation. No action is required for this service
- Passwords may be extended through November. Login at lawschool.westlaw.com and click on box in lower right corner of home page: “What’s Next? Tell us and extend your WestlawNext password.”
During the Summer, current GMUSL students have the following legal database access:
- Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
- Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
- Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials, and West Online Study Aids.
- Limited research access June 1-July 31. Students may apply for a password extension here for the following acceptable uses: Summer law school classes, law journal work, projects for faculty, moot court, and unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship work required for graduation. Summer passwords may not be used for research for law firms, government agencies, corporations or other purposes unrelated to law school coursework.
During the Summer, students continue to have full access to all other Law-Related Databases and databases available from the GMU Libraries Database Portal.
Reference Librarians will be available throughout the Summer to answer any research-related questions. Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the Reference Office. Full contact details are available from the library Staff Directory
The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:
- Get a broad overview: Nutshells
- Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks, Understanding Series, and Concepts and Insights Series
- Go in-depth: Hornbook Series
- Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series, and Questions & Answers Series
- Study on the Go: Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs
The most recent edition of these titles is available at the Circulation Desk.
A reminder that the Law Library is pleased to offer Mason law students access to West Study Aids. This subscription provides PDFs of over 350 titles, including:
- Black Letter Outlines
- Concise Hornbook Series
- Exam Pro Series
- Gilbert Law Summaries
- Nutshell Series
- Sum & Substance Quick Reviews
Students may access these materials through their Westlaw account. When you sign-in to Westlaw, click on “My eProducts” on the top toolbar.
A reminder that to accommodate as many students as possible during exams, the law library has the following rules for study room use:
- You must have at least 4 students in your group to use the larger study rooms (Rooms 248 and 356)
- You must have at least 2 students in your group to use the small study rooms
- Rooms may not be reserved for more than a four-hour block
- A group of students may not collectively sign up a room for an entire day.
Thanks for your cooperation!
The only documents related to William Shakespeare’s birth are church records recording his baptism in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. So Shakespeare’s birthday has traditionally been celebrated a few days before that date.
The Bard clearly had an interest in law, referencing law and lawyers frequently in his plays. We have a number of books in the law library discussing legal references in Shakespeare’s work, including:
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to use ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight, outstanding resources for legistlative history research.
Proquest is offering webinars designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight to:
- Develop an understanding of the legislative process
- Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue
- Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred
- Find both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent
Webinar Dates (please register via the link for your preferred date):
Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm
Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am
GMUSL Reference Librarians are also available to answer any questions you have about using these databses!
Please take a minute to browse this display in the library’s atrium display case.
In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 13-19, 2014) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines. Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.
First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.