Need a break?

By Trina Holloway, Head of Collection Services


You have been in law school for almost two months now, and you may be thinking, “when is the next break?” Well, the next break is not until November, but, there are several ways the law library can assist in helping you to take law exams and papers off your mind for just a few minutes.


“Professor Fowke plays multiple games while RBG watches on…”

Did you know the Law Library has a wonderful “Leisure” collection? It’s a perfect opportunity to read about something other than Torts, Constitution Law, Criminal procedures, etc. – you get the point. If you’re not in the reading mood, we also have plenty of DVD’s you can enjoy as well. Both collections are located on the fifth floor across from the Technology Desk.

Maybe you’re into games? The Law Library has these as well! We have board games and cards that can be checked out at the Circulation desk, as well as the quick games on the big monitor. You can challenge a friend or the computer to a game of chess, or enjoy playing solitaire, doing a crossword or word search puzzle.

There is also what we like to call the “puzzle option.”  This break can be exactly as short or as long as you want, depending on how many pieces you find or how “sucked in” you get. The puzzle is located in the Reference Desk area. Not only will you be able to contribute to the puzzle, but you will meet the great staff that works at the Circulation Desk and a fantastic Librarian who could help you with your future research needs.

Welcome (& Welcome Back) Students!

The library staff and librarians want to extend a warm welcome to incoming and returning students.  We’re glad you’re back!

We’re looking forward to working with you this year and throughout your legal career.

Below are some helpful links and information about library resources for the upcoming semester.

  • Search our Catalog to locate materials within the library at our homepage. You can find Fall 2019 textbooks that are available on Reserve that you can use for 3 hours at a time.
  • Reserve one of the 27 study rooms available for use by groups of two or more law students. To increase efficiency and shorten lines at the circulation desk, we now ask students to make their own reservations in advance of picking up keys, including the names of all group members when making the reservation. This can be done using the online booking system.
  • Supplement your studies with our online study aids from Wolters Kluwer and West Academic, available at Print study aids, such as flashcards, are available at the circulation desk as well.
  • Learn things and earn your digital badge with the ALERT Program, which starts on August 28th. 
  • Check out our Research Guides which provide resources for specific subjects, as well as Life as a Law Student.
  • Get help with your Research Methods in Law homework and other research needs during reference hours, both live and via chat. The Chat Reference box is in red, located on the left side of our homepage.
  • Check out CALI lessons, an interactive electronic tool that provides legal information about a subject and then quizzes the student on this information. 

You can find our hours at We are looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the semester.  If there is anything that we can do to help you, please let us know!