Welcome to the Library at Washington and Lee School of Law!
Our a physical collection contains over 490,000 volumes and equivalents. While our focus is U.S. legal materials, our collections include international and foreign law titles, significant materials for research in human rights, legal history, law reviews and legal journals, and study aids. Our “fun and function” collection provides laptops, iPads, headphones, chargers, puzzles, games, and other items to entertain. Use the online catalog to search the collections of the both the Law Library and the University Library.
The Law Library provides access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other databases and electronic resources both on and off campus. Electronic resources are accessible via the Law Library website.
Information about hours, borrowing, and services is also available on the Law Library website. Check out our YouTube and Twitter accounts for the latest information on research and the library.
The law librarians and staff in the Law Library are pleased to welcome you to W&L! Find us on the second and third floors of the law library.
Caroline L. Osborne
Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research
The Law Journal Rankings Project is now available at http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx. Thank you for your patience.
The Law Journal Rankings Project is currently experiencing downtime due to a server issue. Access will be restored as soon as possible. Any new information about continued downtime will be posted here. Please contact Stephanie Miller at email@example.com with any further questions.
The law library circulation desk will be closed on July 3rd and 4th, 2017.
The law library circulation desk will be staffed according to the following schedule during reading days and exams:
Tuesday-Friday, April 18-21, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 29-April 30, Closed
Monday-Friday, May 1-5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, Closed
Through mid-April 2017, the traveling exhibition “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” will be on display at Washington and Lee School of Law, co-sponsored by the German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) and the American Bar Association.
The W&L Law Library has prepared an online guide at http://libguides.wlu.edu/lawyerswithoutrights to highlight research materials and information resources relating to the themes of the exhibit, focusing on the Nazi use of law to suppress justice, equality, civil rights, prosperity, and professional practice in World War II-era Germany. Leading books, scholarly articles, films, and online resources are identified, described, and linked for easy access.
Please contact a librarian with any related questions.
Sharpen Your Research Skills! Attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Saturday, March 25, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.
Learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including practice-area specific materials, legal news resources, legislative and agency info, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and alternative online sources is also an important focus.
The program includes a panel discussion with insights and advice on legal research and professional success from three experienced practitioners:
- Tanishka Cruz, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA
- Jim Pickle ’15L, Associate, DLA Piper, Washington, DC
- Christopher Russell, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Buena Vista, VA; W&L Law Adjunct Professor
After attending, you are eligible to earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers. One lucky attendee will also win a $100 gift card courtesy of Bloomberg Law.
Contact Andrew Christensen, Faculty Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place or for more information.
The law library circulation desk will be staffed according to the following schedule during Spring Break:
Friday, March 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, March 4-5, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday, March 6 – 10 , 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Did you miss the W&L Law Community Read event? The video recording of the panel discussion is now available! On February 8, 2017 the law library hosted a panel discussion with Professor Tim MacDonnell and guest Mary Cromer to discuss this year’s book, Gray Mountain.
Meet librarian Andrew Christensen in the third floor reading room on Wed. Feb. 15th at 11:15 am for 5 tips on researching Transnational Law in just 5 minutes. Be there for a chance to win prizes!