Welcome to Georgetown Law! This guide includes information about getting ready for class, where to study, library locations to know, and practical tips to make your life easier.
We will be offering library tours for new students during Orientation. Sign up for a library tour here!
We're here to help, so please ask if you have any questions!
New students will receive an email from the Library during Orientation with registration information for legal research platforms Westlaw Edge, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. First year J.D. students will need these before the first Legal Practice: Writing & Analysis class. The email from the library will be sent to your Georgetown email address. If you do not see the email in your inbox or spam folder, please contact the Library's Reference Desk either in-person or via chat or email.
Course reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk and may be borrowed for a period of three hours. Search by limiting the catalog scope to "Course Reserves" and entering the course instructor or course name.
Study Aids in Print and on CD/DVD
A wide selection of current-edition hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aids is available in Study Aids on the 2nd floor of the Library. Because they are so popular, these books must be used in the Reading Room. Search for older editions that can be checked out.
Sum & Substance is an audio/visual CD/DVD series of lectures on fundamental legal topics, delivered by top law professors. The Library has lectures covering most first-year courses. These are available at the Circulation Desk and may be borrowed for a period of three hours. Search for "Sum & Substance CD Series."
The Library maintains electronic and print collections of past Law Center exams. Exams from 1998 to present are available online (NetID required). Exams from 1977 to 2012 are available in print in the Reading Room.
CALI Lessons and e-Books
CALI provides hundreds of interactive legal instructional lessons on topics from contracts to torts. Get a registration code by picking up a CALI card from the display in the Reading Room, or by asking at the Reference Desk either in-person or via chat or email.
The main floor of the Library, where you enter the building, is the 2nd Floor, pictured above. Here are some key locations to know on that floor:
Other library locations to know include...
You can find a complete map of each floor of the Library here.
The Reading Room is a popular place to study and is a designated quiet study area. In general, quiet places in the Library are on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Floors.
Group Study Rooms
Group Study Rooms may be reserved by two or more students up to one week in advance for a period of three hours per group, per day.
The Loewinger Lounge (on the 2nd Floor at the West end of the Reading Room) and the Atrium Lounge on the 5th Floor have comfortable, plush chairs and ottomans. Consult the map for their specific locations.