Research & Reference Support
Law students can get help with legal or other related research by contacting any of the law librarians. The reference librarians can assist with finding information in print in our library or online through the university’s databases, on the Internet, or on LEXIS or WESTLAW. Please contact us if you need assistance finding information for any reason, whether for classes or for work. Reference librarians are available by an email form accessible through your forums login and by inquiring at the Reserve Desk.
Before making a trip to the law library, you might want to examine our list of research databases to see if the information you need is available electronically. Some databases will require that you enter your Forums login and password when accessing remotely. You may also wish to examine our online subject-based legal research guides.
Reference librarians also provide assistance to members of the College of Law's two law journals, Arizona Law Review and Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, including helping with cite-checks and citation formats to recommending sources for student notes.
The law librarians teach three levels of legal research courses as part of the curriculum: introductory, intermediate, and advanced. The introductory course is part of the Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course and is taught in conjunction with the 1st year legal writing class. The intermediate course is taught the first week after graduation each year and the advanced course is a semester long course. For more information about the research courses and access to course materials, click here.
The College of Law is a member of CALI, or the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction and supports institutions and individuals using technology in legal education. The CALI website provides a collection of more than 270 computer-based tutorials in over 28 different legal subject areas.
First-time users must register and create a password using the student authorization code. Login to CALI with the password you create once registered. The student authorization code is accessible by clicking here.
The law library pays for academic access to Westlaw and Lexis for College of Law faculty and student use. The College of Law receives access to these services under special educational contracts stipulating that the services may be used only for educational purposes.
In order to obtain passwords for Westlaw and Lexis, students must attend scheduled training sessions.
Wireless printing software is provided for college of law students. The wireless printing software allows students to send print jobs from laptop computers to the Pharos printing stations in the library (on the main level by the Circulation desk and downstairs in Room 9). Note: normal printing charges then apply.
Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X (10.4 - latest) currently are supported. From the options below, choose the proper installation instructions and software file for your computer type (32-bit Windows, 64-bit Windows, or Apple Mac OS X).
- Installation instructions for 32-bit Windows computer
- Pharos software download (zip file) for 32-bit Windows computer
- Installation instructions for 64-bit Windows computer
- Pharos software download (zip file) for 64-bit Windows computer
Apple Mac OS X
- Installation instructions for Apple Mac OS X computer
- Pharos software download (zip file) for Apple Mac OS X computer
The Law Library offers a wide-array of electronic support to College of Law students. For a detailed description of the support offered, click here.
Page Updated: 02 February 2012