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Student Resources for Summer 2021

For returning students at Georgetown Law, including JD and LLM

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Welcome to Summer 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 summer 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 for the 2020-2022 academic years and to Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library for the 2020-2021 academic year through the end of June. 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. Given the guidance on circulating physical materials (setting them aside for at least three days after each use) and the fact that many students will not be in the DC metro area this semester, we did not think it was feasible to provide physical course reserves materials this semester. We made this decision after talking with peer institutions and considering both health and equity issues and concerns. We will continue to evaluate this decision as conditions and guidance evolve.

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. Students who need a registration code 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 summer, our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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. Consultations are usually scheduled during weekday business hours, but we are happy to make special arrangements if you let us know. 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.

If you need a specific article or book chapter only that is not available online, use our Interlibrary Loan service to request a copy or scan.  

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 summer 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.

Directions for Locating Book Return:

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

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. If you have a Green GU360 Badge, you can also drop off books in the book drop next to the Security Desk in the Law Library entrance.

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.

If you are a recent grad who needs to return books and you are outside of the DC Metro Area, please contact the Circulation Desk, and we will work with you to ship these books back to us at no cost to you.

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 Our Law Library - Self-Checkout System

Students who are in the Law Library using a study space can check out their own materials using our self-checkout kiosk. This includes circulating materials in the Stacks on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Floors, and starting June 2nd, circulating materials in the Reading Room. Floor maps of the Law Library are available. When checking out materials, please maintain social distancing between you and others in the library and follow the directional arrows. 

The self-checkout kiosk is located in the atrium across from the Reference Desk. Please watch the tutorial video for using the self-checkout kiosk prior to using the system.

meeScan scanner/desensitizer and kiosk

When using the self-checkout kiosk, please make sure to use the hand sanitizer station next to it before and after use. You can return books by placing them in our outdoor book drop or by placing them in the book drop next to the Security Desk in the Law Library entrance. 

If you use a book and decide not to check it out, please place it on the cart in the atrium. The Law Library quarantines books that are checked out or used by others before returning them to the stacks. 

Materials on the First Floor and on Course Reserves are not available for checkout at this time. 

  • If you need access to study aid materials or past exams, please see the Class Preparation section. 
  • If you need access to course reserves materials (other than casebooks), please search the Law Library's catalog. We have provided electronic access to most of the course reserve materials that faculty notified us of prior to the start of the semester. 

Students who are not using a study space, and are in the DC area and able to pick up materials, can continue to use the Law Library's pick up and drop off service. Please see the Print Materials From Our Law Library - Pick Up & Drop Off section for more information.

For students who are out of the DC area or unable to pick up materials, please see the eBooks - How to Request section.

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. This includes books from Lauinger Library on the main campus. When searching for a book, remember to change the search scope to "Georgetown Univ. + Local Academic Libraries." 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.

Study Space

The Law Library building is closed except for reserved study space. We are providing socially distanced study space for students during the summer semester. Starting June 2nd, we will be opening up the Reading Room for study space. Students using a study space in the Law Library can also check out their own materials using our self-checkout kiosk, as well as access the Reading Room starting June 2nd.

If you are a law student looking to reserve a study space, please go to the Study Space Booking System.

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

For questions about enrolling in the testing protocol, please email the Office of the Dean of Students. For questions about reserving study spaces, please email Law Campus Access.

Reading Room Access - Starting June 2nd

Starting June 2nd, we will be opening up the Reading Room.

Students using any study space within the Law Library will be able to access materials as well as use the KIC Scanner located in the Reading Room. To reserve a study space in the Reading Room (starting June 2nd) or elsewhere in the Law Library (available now), please see the Study Space section for more information.

Circulating materials in the Reading Room (including Loewinger Lounge) will be available for self-checkout or in-person pickup

The Reading Room Mezzanine and Computer Learning Center will be closed this summer.

Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law

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

For more information about use policies for the platforms during the school year or over the summer, please see our Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law webpage.

Printers & Scanners

While the Law Library building is closed and the University transitions from physical to mobile GOCard for a new print service, students will not be able to use 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)

Starting June 2nd, the KIC Scanner located in the Reading Room will be available for use by students using a study space in the Law Library. See the Reading Room Access section for more information.

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 (including Lauinger Library on the main campus) Use the "Request from a Local Academic Library" option in the Law Library's catalog after signing into your library account (remember to change the search scope to "Georgetown Univ. + Local Academic Libraries"). 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 2021 Prepare to Practice Series can help you learn (or refresh) these skills:

  • Legislative History Research 
  • Administrative Law Research 
  • Researching in the Workplace 

For each session, in addition to the video lecture recording, included for your convenience are PDFs of (1) the text of our instructor notes for the recording; (2) a copy of the presentation slides, including all links, used in the recording; and (3) any handouts. The materials will remain available through July 31, 2021. For any questions, please contact lawlibinstruction@georgetown.edu.

Alumni Resources

For more information about off-campus resources available for Alums, please see our Alumni Resources Guide. Looking for resources for the bar exam? Visit our guide on Bar Exam Resources. Looking for resources for your job search or to prepare for your job interview? Visit our guide on Job Searching, or view our tutorials on Job Hunting and Interviewing

Please note that Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law offer extended access to recent grads for a limited period of time after graduation. Visit our Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law webpage for more information. Looking for resources beyond Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law? Visit our guide on Free and Low Cost Legal Research.