“Wait. The information I need to research this topic isn’t on Westlaw or Lexis? Google isn’t helpful either.  #$@&%*!” 

No need to despair. Instead, attend a short seminar at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 22, in Room 120. We’ll focus on the resources you need to know about to conduct academic legal research.  ​

Take a few minutes now—save time later!!!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2015


In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 19.

The Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. became a federal holiday (5 U.S.C. § 6103(a)) fifteen years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. The holiday was first observed in 1986, but it took another 17 years for nationwide recognition. In 1994, the holiday was designated a day of service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the The King Center Center Website.




The library has just received notice from Thomson Reuters that all WESTLAW Passwords (created before October 7, 2O14) ) MUST be changed IMMEDIATELY.

If you do not change your password by January 13, 2015, then your access to WestlawNext and TWEN will be suspended.

Here’s what to do:



If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Reference Office 703.993.8076.


In response to student requests, the law library will be open extended hours during exams.

The Details:

Library Hours December 1 – 17 

  • Sunday  10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 AM –  2:00 AM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The Fine Print:  

  • An Arlington Campus security guard will staff the door from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am. Regular Circulation services will not be available during those hours.
  • The building will lock at the normal time of 11:00 pm. If you leave the building, you will not be able to get back in.
  • Only GMU students will be allowed to use the library after 11:00 pm.
  • You may be asked by the guard to show your GMU ID, so please be sure to have it with you.
  • Students are asked not to enter Founders after 11:00 p.m.

The guard will do regular head counts during the late evening to help us determine whether this service is being used or not.

 Best of Luck on Exams!!


The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve at the circulation desk 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. (Available titles are listed here)

Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.


On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. A 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln established the last Thursday of November as the regular date for this celebration.

That tradition continued until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday would be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November that year (November 23, 1939). Roosevelt was responding to pressure from retailers to expand the Christmas shopping season.This change sparked controversy and angered some football coaches, whose season was scheduled according to the holiday. There was also a  a split among states, 32 issuing proclamations following the President but 16 others refusing to change the date.  See H.R. Rep. No.77-1186, at 1 (1941) (available to GMU patrons on Proquest Congressional)

Two years later, on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint congressional resolution, known as the Thanksgiving Day Act (55 Stat. 862) establishing Thanksgiving as a Federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the law library will have reduced hours:

  • Wed. Nov. 26  9:00 am – 5:00 pm, References Services 9:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Thurs. Nov. 27 Closed
  • Fri. Nov. 28  Closed
  • Sat. Nov. 29  noon – 6:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov. 30  10:00 am -11:00 pm, Reference Services 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!