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For New Students

Helpful resources for new students at Georgetown Law, including 1L, LL.M., and transfer students, and others new to campus.


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Welcome to Georgetown!  During Orientation, you will receive an email from the library with registration codes for Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law.  If you did not receive an email, please contact us using chat or emailFirst year J.D. students will need these before the first Legal Practice class

This guide includes information about getting ready for class, where to study, and practical tips to make your life easier.  We're here to help so please ask if you have any questions!

Get Ready for Classes

Follow the links for First-Week Reading Assignments and other information on getting ready for your classes.

Some professors will put class materials on Course Reserves (at the Williams Circulation Desk).  Course packs for purchase are available at Course Materials Distribution (ArticleWorks).

Many professors use an online course management system. Find out which ones are available and how to use them here.

Two Locations, One Library

The Library has two locations at opposite ends of campus. The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library focuses on U.S. law, interdisciplinary materials, and special collections.The John Wolff International & Comparative Law Library focuses on foreign, comparative, and international law.  Read more about the library and our services here.

Williams Library Reference

Reference Desk:
Reading Room, 2nd floor
(202) 662-9140

Request a Research Consultation


International & Foreign Reference

International Reference Desk:
Wolff International & Comparative Law Library, Lower Level
(202) 662-4195

Request a Research Consultation