Summer Hours July 5 – August 16

Summer Exams/Bar Exam: July 5 – July 27

  • Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Monday – Friday  8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Bar Exam: July 28

  • Monday  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Summer Intersession: July 29 – August 16

  • Sunday  CLOSED
  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM -6:00 PM

During Summer Intersession, the Reference Office closes at 5:00pm on weekdays.

Summer Access to Legal Databases

During the Summer, current GMUSL students have the following legal database access:

  • Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Westlaw:
    • 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.

 

Exam Prep: Print Study Aids Available in the Law Library

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.

Getting Ready for Exams: West Study Aids

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:

  • Hornbooks
  • 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.

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Study Room Rules During Exam Period

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!

FINE AMNESTY RETURNS! HAPPY NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 2014

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.

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Help Us Serve You Better!

Please take a few minutes to answer our short annual Student Survey of Law Library and Technology Services and let us know how we are doing and what services that you’d like to see added or improved. Link to the survey from the “Announcements” banner on the law library home page or here.

Our staff carefully reviews the results of these surveys each year, and we have made a number of changes to the library and it’s services over the years based on the feedback from our annual surveys. Some things are not within our power to change, but whenever we can make improvements or needed changes, we will. We just need to hear from you.

To read the library’s responses to your suggestions from previous surveys, see the Library & Technology Blog—search “survey”.

The survey ends on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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GMU Law Library and BLSA Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month.This year’s theme—Civil Rights in America—honors the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241), which became law on July 2, 1964.The Act prohibited discrimination in public places, banned segregation in schools,and made employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor this landmark legislation. Please take a few moments to view a special presentation in the library display case near the atrium.

Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) at Howard University. For more information, visit the ASALH website.

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