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Student Resources for Spring 2021

For new and returning students at Georgetown Law, including JD, LLM, and transfer students

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Welcome to Spring 2021!

We can't wait to help you with using library services. We are here to help you get ready for class, find books and articles, and conduct research for your papers. First and foremost - check this page often!  We will be modifying services throughout the spring semester as conditions and guidance evolve. We're here to help, so please ask if you have any questions!

  • Circulation: lawcirc@georgetown.edu; 202.662.9131
  • Reference - U.S. Law: lawlibref@georgetown.edu; 202.662.9140
  • Reference - Foreign and International Law: lawintlref@georgetown.edu; 202.662.4195

If you are a law student from a different school, an Alum, a Public Patron Program member, or a Friend of the Library, please visit our FAQs.

Class Preparation

Study Aids 

The Law Library has subscribed to West Academic Study Aids and Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library for the 2020-2021 academic year. For a step-by-step instructional video for accessing these materials, please view Electronic Study Aids from West and Wolters Kluwer

West Academic Study Aids:

The West Academic study aids platform includes Nutshells, Concepts & Insights, the Law Stories series, Hornbooks, Gilbert Law Summaries, Sum & Substance, and several others.

There are two ways to access this platform:

  • Option 1 – Go to West Academic through the Law Library’s catalog. You will be prompted to sign-in with your Georgetown NetID and password. If you would like to take notes, highlight, and download titles for offline access, you will need to sign-in using a West Academic account (Option 2).
  • Option 2 – Login with a West Academic account. To create or use an existing West Academic account, please do the following:
    • Go to West Academic.

    • Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts. Be sure to verify your Georgetown email address from the confirmation email that West Academic sends to you.  OR  If you already have a West Academic account, click ‘Sign-in’ and verify your Georgetown email address.

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library:

This collection includes titles such as Casenote Legal Briefs, the Emanuel aids, and Examples and Explanations.

To access, go to the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library through the Law Library’s catalog. Once you sign-in with your Georgetown NetID and password, you will then be able to use the study aids on this platform without creating a personal account. However, if you want to use additional features like bookmarks, notes, and highlights, you will need to create a personal account to unlock these features. Click 'Register' to create a personal account. If you already have a personal account, click 'Login.'

Course Reserves & Casebook Reserves

The Law Library is not circulating physical course reserves or casebook reserves at this time. We are working to provide you with electronic access to course reserve materials that are not casebooks through the Law Library's collection. To check if a title is available electronically, search the Law Library's catalog. For information on how to purchase print or electronic casebooks at a discount, see our FAQs.

Past Exams

The Law Library maintains an electronic collection of past Law Center exams. Exams from 1998 to present are available online (NetID required). 

​CALI Lessons 

CALI provides hundreds of interactive legal instructional lessons on topics from contracts to torts. New students will receive an email from the Law Library with a registration code before classes start. Students who do not receive a code or need a new one should go to CALI Lessons for Students.

Course Materials

Course Resources

To find the books your professors have adopted for your classes, check the Law Center's Curriculum Guide. Search for a course, and click the "Buy Books" button. This will send you to the Georgetown Law Bookstore website, where you can view the book(s) your professor has selected. You can buy the books directly from that site, or you can use the ISBN listed to find the exact same edition at any online bookseller or eBook vendor. For information on how to purchase print or electronic casebooks at a discount, see the Law Library's FAQs.

Class Assignments

Course Management Systems

Research Help

Reference Desk

Ask a librarian for help with your research questions by Chatting with a Librarian, emailing the Reference Desk, or calling the Reference Desk (202.662.9140). During the academic year, our hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm; Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm; and Saturday - Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

For foreign and international law assistance, ask a librarian by emailing the Foreign and International Law department or calling (202.662.4195).

Research Consultations

Schedule an individual research consultation with a librarian for help with your papers or other research projects via Zoom or phone. A librarian will contact you within two business days of receiving your request to set up a meeting and will prepare for your topic. Meetings usually take place within a week and last 30-60 minutes. 

Research Guides

Start with our research guides to identify resources by topic or jurisdiction.

New researchers of U.S. law may be interested in our Introduction to U.S. Legal Research guide and Bluebook guide.

Treatise Finders

Find a list of treatises organized by legal subject area.

Databases

See a list of frequently used databases or search the full collection of databases available to you through the Law Library. For database-related issues, refer to our guide to troubleshooting database connection problems and send us details of problems you cannot resolve.

Research - Find Books & Articles

Check the Law Library's catalog for electronic books and journals.  We have a very robust collection of ebooks and electronic articles. 

If you are local and need one of our print books, see the Print Materials - Pick Up & Drop Off section below. For print books from local academic libraries that you can pick up at the Law Library, see the Print Materials from Other Libraries section below. If you are out of the area or unable to pick up, or if you are unable to find a book in electronic form, see the eBook - How to Request section below. For articles and book chapters not available online, use our Interlibrary Loan service to request a copy or scan.  Please note that we are not currently borrowing print books via Interlibrary Loan.

Journal students who are source collecting should consult our ILL for Journal Staff Guide for searching tips during this period.

Contact us via Chat with a Librarianemail the Reference Desk, or call the Reference Desk (202.662.9140) for assistance finding materials.

eBooks - How to Request

First, verify that we don't already have an eBook version by searching for the book title in the Law Library's catalog and in our main campus Lauinger Library's catalog.

If you can't find an eBook version available, please submit an eBook request form. When requesting eBooks, please allow for seven days for the Law Library to process the request. Due to cost and availability, the Law Library is not able to provide electronic versions of casebooks.

Print Materials From Our Law Library - Pick Up & Drop Off

Students can pick up materials on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 2:00pm during the spring semester. To request Law Library print materials, please use the Request for In-Person Pickup option in the Law Library's catalog after signing into your library account. We will work on your request and send you an email when the item is ready for pickup.  Please don't come to the Law Library for a Tuesday or Friday pickup until you receive an email that the item is ready.

When coming to pick up items, please come to the sidewalk outside of our loading dock on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and G Street NW and call 202.662.9131. A staff member will bring your books out to the sidewalk and place them on the ground for you to pick up.

For now, this service is limited to Law Library print books. No copies or scans. For a copy of a print article or book chapter, first check the Law Library's catalog to see if we have an electronic copy. If not, use our Interlibrary Loan service to request a copy or scan. If you are out of the area or unable to pick up, see the eBook - How to Request section.

Do you need to return something?  You can drop off materials from the Law Library or from another library (such as Interlibrary Loan, WRLC, or main campus Lauinger Library) in the gray drop box just located outside of the campus gates by the EBW Law Library next to our loading dock on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and G. Street.

Book Drop next to our loading dock on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and G. Street

If you are unable to return books from the Law Library, don’t worry! We will continue to extend loan return dates for Law Library books, and Law Library fines have been suspended. Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have books checked out from another library (such as Interlibrary Loan, WRLC, or main campus Lauinger Library), and we will work with you to arrange for the return of these materials. Note that we cannot manage or change fines from other libraries.

For questions, please contact the Circulation Desk.  Email is best due to limited on-site staffing, but you can try calling (202.662.9131).

 

Print Materials From Other Libraries

From Local DC Academic Libraries (known as Washington Research Library Consortium - WRLC)

You can request materials from area libraries by using the Request from a Local Academic Library option in the Law Library's catalog after signing into your library account. Fill out the form for the book to be delivered to the Law Library.  Wait until you receive an email saying that the item is ready for pickup before coming to the Law Library for a Tuesday or Friday pickup from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Please don't come to the Law Library until you receive an email that the item is ready.

When coming to pick up items, please come to the sidewalk outside of our loading dock on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and G Street NW and call 202.662.9131. A staff member will bring your books out to the sidewalk and place them on the ground for you to pick up.

Delivery from local academic libraries happens only once per week, and we have limited on-site staffing at the Law Library.  This means that completing requests from local academic libraries will take longer than usual. If you are out of the area or unable to pick up, see the eBook - How to Request section.  For copies or scans of articles and book chapters, use our Interlibrary Loan service. 

From Libraries Outside our Local Area  

Libraries are not loaning print books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at this time. You can use our Interlibrary Loan service to request scans or copies of chapters or articles that you are unable to find in electronic form through the Law Library's catalog. See our ILL Service During COVID-19 FAQs for complete information. For books you are unable to find in electronic form through the Law Library's catalog, see the eBook - How to Request section.

Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law Access

New students will receive an email from the Law Library during the week of January 11 with registration information for legal research platforms WestlawLexis, and Bloomberg Law. Please register immediately for all three services and always use your Georgetown email as the contact email. This email from the Law Library will be sent to your Georgetown email address. If you do not see the email in your inbox or spam folder, please contact us via Chat with a Librarian or email the Reference Desk.

Returning students with questions about their WestlawLexis, and Bloomberg Law accounts should contact us via Chat with a Librarian or email the Reference Desk

Study Space

The Law Library building is closed except for reserved study space. The Law Center is providing some socially distanced study space for students during the Spring 2021 semester. If you are a law student looking to reserve a study space at the Law Center, please go to the Study Space Booking System.

In order to reserve a study space, you must have (1) completed the Spring 2021 Affirmation and signed the Community Compact in GU360, and (2) enrolled in the University’s testing protocol.

If you have questions about campus access (eligibility, testing, etc.) and reserving a study space, please email Law Campus Access.

Printers

While the Law Library building is closed, students will not be able to access the printers located inside the building. This includes Georgetown University public printers, as well as LexisNexis printers.

When printing services on the Law Center campus resume, you can find more information on campus services for students from Information Systems Technology (IST).

Quick Tips for Requesting Library Materials

Requesting Library Materials for In-Person Pickup
For students who are in the DC area and able to pick up materials

Georgetown Law Library Book Use the "Request for In-Person Pickup" option in the Law Library's catalog after signing into your library account. See the Print Materials - Pick Up & Drop Off section for more information.
Book from a Local Academic Library Use the "Request from a Local Academic Library" option in the Law Library's catalog after signing into your library account. See the Print Materials from Other Libraries section for more information. 
Requesting Library Materials in Electronic Form 
For students who are out of the DC area or unable to pick up materials, and for students who are unable to find materials in electronic form in the Law Library's catalog
Article or Chapter Submit an Interlibrary Loan request. Please note that we are not currently borrowing print books via Interlibrary Loan.
Full Book Fill out our eBook request form. Please note that we are not able to provide electronic versions of casebooks. See the eBook - How to Request section for more information. 

 

 

Prepare to Practice Series

Summer interns and recent law grads are often assigned to research legislative history to help with statutory interpretation questions, or to conduct research on administrative law issues while working for administrative agencies or firms engaged in regulatory work. If these are unfamiliar research areas for you, the Law Library’s Prepare to Practice Series can help you learn (or refresh) skills in legislative history or administrative law research before you get your first assignment. Our Prepare to Practice Series can also help with tips to transition to researching in the workplace.

  • Legislative History Research - Friday, March 26 at 11am EST
  • Administrative Law Research - Friday, April 23 at 11am EST
  • Researching in the Workplace - Friday, April 30 at 11am EST

Register to attend one or more sessions in our Prepare to Practice Series. Each session will be recorded. For any questions or more information, please contact lawlibinstruction@georgetown.edu.

Virtual Library Tour

Running time: 2:35 minutes

Created/updated: August 2020
Last reviewed: August 2020