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Georgetown Law Library

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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Williams Library Reference

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

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International & Foreign Reference

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

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Welcome to Georgetown!  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!

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: Writing & Analysis class.

Class Assignments and Course Materials

Readings and Assignments

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Study Aids in Print and on CD

A wide selection of current-edition hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aids is available in Reading Room Reserve on the second floor of the Williams Library. Because they are so popular, these books must be used in the Reading Room. Look in the Library catalog 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 Williams Circulation Desk, may be borrowed for for a period of three hours.

Past Exams

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 present are available in print in the Williams Reading Room.

​CALI Lessons and e-Books

CALI provides hundreds of interactive legal instructional lessons on topics from contracts to torts. Get a CALI code from our online catalog (you'll be prompted for your NetID and password) to create an account. Or go to the Reference Desk in Williams or Wolff.

Where to Study

Quiet Study

In general, the quietest places in Williams are on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors. In Wolff, the upper floor is quieter than the lower floor.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms in Williams or Wolff may be reserved by two or more students, up to one week in advance for a period of three hours per group, per day.

Lounge & Study Areas

Williams Room 320 is outfitted with tables and seats for small groups to work together or socialize - no reservation required.  The Loewinger Lounge (at the end of the Williams Reading Room) and the 5th floor Atrium Lounge have comfortable, plush chairs and ottomans. Consult the library maps for directions.