Books for New Lawyers

The law library has a number of books that may be of interest to newer grads and practitioners covering topics including: career success, workplace tips, alternative careers, and advice for job seekers. Currently many of these titles are on display at the circulation desk.

GMUSL ’13 graduates may check out books from the law library until September 30 .

Summer Access to Legal Databases

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

  • Bloomberg Law: Unlimited, unrestricted access.
  • Lexis:  Unlimited access for work (paid or unpaid) and academic purposes using a Lexis Advance ID.
  • Westlaw:  Limited access June 1-July 31.  Students retain access to all TWEN courses and materials.  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.


Law Library Exam Period Hours

Friday, April 19 – Thursday, May 9

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

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

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

Monday – Tuesday, May 13 – 14

  •  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

*Note: In order to use the Law Library between 11 p.m. and midnight, you must be in Hazel Hall PRIOR to the time when the building locks at 11:00 p.m. If you leave the building after 11 pm, you will not be able to get back in.


Fine Amnesty Returns: Happy National Library Week!

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, 2013) 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.

Spring Break Hours March 9-16

The Law Library will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday March 9:  Noon –  6pm  
  • Sunday March 10:  Noon – 8pm
  • Mon.-Thurs. March 11-14: 8am – 9pm
  • Friday March 15:  8am – 6pm
  • Saturday March 16:  Noon –  6pm

The Reference Office will be open Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

GMU Law Library and BLSA Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. The theme for 2013 is “At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863) and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963).

GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor these important events in American History. Please take a moment 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.