MLK Holiday, Library Hours and Display

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To learn more about the origins of the holiday, check out our post on the topic.

As the birthplace of Dr. King, Atlanta has many events planned where you can commemorate the holiday, including free events at the MLK National Historic Site and an MLK Day 5K Drum Run. Here are a few articles that list some things to do in the area:

If you’re wondering what’s open or closed during the holiday, here’s an article that might help: MLK Day 2020: Here’s What’s Open, Closed In Atlanta by Andrea V. Watson, Patch Staff.


Last (but not least), be sure to drop by and check out our current display of resources about Dr. King just past the Reference Desk. We have multiple resources that you can check out, such as A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice.

We hope you enjoy the holiday!


The spring ALERT program topics and dates:

ALERTs Spring 2020

What is the Alert Program?

ALERT (Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology) is a non-credit program that provides law students with additional opportunities outside of the College of Law’s curriculum to learn legal research and technology skills.

By completing the ALERT Program, students can demonstrate to potential employers that they have obtained practice-ready skills. Students will earn digital badges, as well as a certificate upon graduation at Awards Day. Students have their entire law school term to complete the program.

Levels of Completion:

With Distinction: Complete 6 Topics
With High Distinction: Complete 8 Topics
With Highest Distinction: Complete 10 Topics

For more information, or to RSVP please see

120 Days?

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As some students have come to realize their time is up, or more so their CampusID password’s time is up.

Georgia State requires its users (faculty included) to change their CampusID password every 120 days. The application of this time limit is unfortunate, to say the least. It means that students that changed or created their account passwords in mid-August—say at the beginning of the fall semester—found their CampusID password expiring in the middle of December. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of anything going on in December that might cause a problem. Oh, I almost forgot students were taking finals in December. Silly me.

Please avoid the headache and panic of learning your CampusID password has expired at an inopportune time. Before finals come back around, take a moment and change your password now or when you are procrastinating studying for that next exam. Directions on how to change your CampusID password can be found here.

Your new passwords must:

  • Be between 10-32 characters in length
  • Start with a letter
  • Not be one of your previous passwords
  • Contain at least one lower case letter, upper case letter, and a number
  • Not contain one of the following characters: @ / () “ * ‘

It makes it awfully difficult. For help on creating a strong password take a look at these sites:


Finally do not forget to update your CampusID and password on your various devices, e.g. laptop, mobile phone, tablet, etc. Some directions on updating devices can be found here.

CampusID accounts allow students to sign in to the majority of the online systems at Georgia State University including Campus Email, PAWS, iCollege, and InsideLaw.

Winter Break!


Starting Saturday, December 21, 2019, the Law Library will be closed until January 6, 2020, for Winter Break.  The Law Library reopens on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 8 am.

Winter Break/Spring Semester Hours:

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019:  8am – 5pm
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020: Closed
  • Monday, January 6, 2020 – Friday, January 10, 2020:  8am – 6pm
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, January 12, 2020:  10am – 6pm
  • Monday, January 13, 2020: Spring Semester Begins, Regular Hours

For a complete list of library hours, including the list of hours we are open to the public, check the Law Library’s Hours.

Thanks for a great semester. If you’re looking for something to read during break, check out our post on winter reading suggestions!

We hope you all have a wonderful break!

Winter Break Reading Suggestions

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Finals are a stressful time for law students(Duh.)  I remember wishing in law school that I could just take a nap one day and wake up with the entirety of my finals season completed (with excellent grades on my exams of course.)  While that may not be possible, or probably healthy, it can be useful to look forward to the relaxing holiday break that is a few short weeks away.

For the first time in almost four months, you’ll probably have a little time on your hands.  You may want to sleep in or catch up with friends or family, or maybe, just maybe, read something for fun.  For this reason, we here at The Georgia State College of Law Library thought it might be fun to offer up a few non-law reading suggestions for winter break.  Here we go!

Patrick Parsons

Working  by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel is maybe the most famous interviewer in American history.  He’s interviewed thousands of people and ran a longstanding interview program on WFMT Chicago between 1952 and 1997.  He also wrote a number of oral histories detailing everyday people’s accounts of World War II, The Great Depression, and in this case, what they do to earn a living

Meg Butler

Bad Feminist  by Roxanne Gay

I recommend Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. Although it is not read by the author, I enjoyed it as an audiobook. In addition to providing a thought-provoking and self-aware narrative, Gay has a gift for description. One of my favorite parts is the chapter describing her relationship with Scrabble. I checked this out from the library ( and will return when I’m done! It’s also available in print form if you want to request it through GSU.) If you prefer fiction over essays, I recommend her collection of short stories Difficult Women.

Cassandra Patterson

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

Terrance Manion

Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

– coincidentally was named Entertainment Weekly’s Best Fantasy of the Decade just the other day

The Hike by Drew Magary –

“a surprisingly rewarding piece of fiction ”

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

” stirring in that it is both troubling and hopeful” (which in all honestly I read at the behest of my wife who works for a non-profit organization whose platform includes international women and girl empowerment programs)

Movies and Other Things by Shea Serrano

is like arguing with your buddies (who know a lot more about film than you) at a bar and letting the debate go do whatever tangent the person who bought the last round wants.

Gerard Fowke

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

With a propulsive murder plot set in an insular academic environment during a season of bitter cold, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is clearly the perfect diversion for any law student on winter break.

Thanksgiving & Exam Hours


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As usual, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period.

During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 25th & Tuesday, Nov. 26th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 28th – Saturday, Nov. 30th: Closed

We will reopen for extended hours on December 1st through December 18th. During the exam period, the building is closed to those not affiliated with the College of Law.  Since we are open until midnight, do remember you can call a safety escort when you are here studying late.

After the exam period (whew!), we will again have reduced hours until the winter break, as follows:

  • Thursday, December 19th & Friday, December 20th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The above is also on our calendar.

If you’re traveling, we wish you safe travels! Remember that our online study aids have Audiobooks available via West Academic – the Law School Legends and Sum and Substance Audio Series. Those study aids, along with the ones from Wolters Kluwer, are available online on our Study Aids page.

We’re Hiring!


The Law Library is currently accepting applications for graduate research assistants (commonly known as GRAs) for the spring semester. We currently need multiple Reference, Law Library, and Digital Services GRAs.  Position descriptions are linked below: 


Law Library GRA positions are open to all GSU law students who have completed their first two semesters of classes. Part-time students are eligible. Students may apply for both types of GRA position, but cannot be hired for both positions at the same time.


Reference GRA applicants (Due Nov. 20) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Patrick Parsons ( Include your last name in the file name.  Please note that our current open position is for Tues/Thursday 6-8, Saturdays 1-6.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity.

Law Library GRA applicants (open until filled) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Cassandra Patterson ( Include your last name in the file name.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity. Students must have a Scholarship Letter to be eligible for this position.

Digital Services GRA applicants (open until filled) – Email one document which includes a 1) cover letter, 2) current resume to Gerard Fowke ( Include your last name in the file name.  Applicants can also complete the application process through symplicity. Students must have a Scholarship Letter to be eligible for this position.