Introducing Our New Legal Fiction and DVD Collection!

The library is happy to offer GMUSL patrons a new collection of law-themed novels and films. Please take a minute to browse these materials on the display in the first floor reading room. DVDs are available for an extended checkout period over the winter break.

Interested in learning more about law and film? Check out these titles:

More on law in literature? Search our catalog for “law in literature” as a subject heading.

If you have suggestions for books or movies to add to the collection, please contact Reference and Outreach Services Librarian Debbie Shrager (dshrager@gmu.edu).

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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 and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

 

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.

Guard Your Laptops and Personal Belongings!

We recently received a report of a laptop that was stolen from the law library. This is the time of year when thieves are out in force looking for an easy opportunity to grab something of value.

Despite all of the precautions that we take, the library and Hazel Hall are NOT secure. Please do not leave your laptops or other valuables unattended and back-up your important files.

Also, don’t hesitate to contact the library staff at Circulation or the campus police if someone is making you uncomfortable, or you feel that something is just not right. University Police provides 24-hour police coverage.

  • Emergency:  Dial 911 (Arlington County Police will notify the University Police)
  • University Police:  703-993-8070; Location: Law School, B-1.
  • Police Escort Services:  703-993-837.
  • Circulation Desk:   703-993-8120

Survey Response: Longer Hours Please!

In response to student requests, we will again be offering expanded hours during reading days and exams. Insider tip: if you like expanded library hours please take advantage of these extra hours! We are paying attention to how many students are actually using the library late at night. So far, the numbers have been small.

For those who want to study after the library closes, there is an after-hours study hall in classrooms 120 and 121. These rooms stay open until 2:00 a.m. If you are in the building after 11:00 p.m. (when it closes to the general public), please keep your ID with you, and don’t lock yourself out of the building or prop the building doors open.

Survey Response: Printing

A number of survey responders were—not surprisingly—unhappy with the end of free Westlaw printing. This change was made by Westlaw, and the company has discontinued free print services at all law schools. Lexis continues to offer free printing from Lexis Advance.

One positive spin on this is that Westlaw and other major legal research databases provide robust features for saving and storing your research (i.e. folders, workspaces) that can both help you organize your work and save some trees! If you need assistance using any of these features, please stop by the Reference Office.

 

 

Survey Response: Study Aids

Students commented on the availability and currency of our study aids. Here’s what we have available:

Digital Study Aids:

Once again we are offering all students free access to West Academic Study Aids. There are more than 470 titles here including Nutshell Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Concise Hornbook Series.  New this year: our subscription now includes 40 titles from the West Hornbook Series!

Print Study Aids:

  • Examples and Explanations
  • Questions and Answers
  • Concise Hornbooks
  • Nutshells

We have the majority of available titles in each of these series. At least one copy of the current edition is kept on reserve and additional copies, including earlier editions, are available in the stacks. In response to student demand, we have purchased duplicate copies of many of the most popular titles.

Audio Aids

  • Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series
  • Sum & Substance CDs

We have the most current editions of the majority of these CDs.  Unfortunately, these collections are rarely updated by the publishers. All these items are kept on reserve.

 

Law Library Survey Results

A huge thank you to the more than 100 law students who completed the 2013 Survey of Law Library and Technology Services. Every response has been read by the library and technology staff, and we appreciate your valuable feedback and suggestions.

Check back here in the upcoming weeks for responses to some of the commonly raised issues in the survey responses. Also, we are happy to receive comments about our services throughout the year either through our online suggestion form or in person. Please contact Debbie Shrager, Reference and Outreach Services Librarian (dshrager@gmu.edu) with any questions, comments, or concerns.