UA Law Students: Services
The Law Library provides a number of services to members of the College of Law faculty, staff and student body. Access to these services is restricted to those currently affiliated with the College of Law. If you are a College of Law faculty member and would like to access additional services, click here.
Quick Links for UA Law Students
Law students can get help with legal or 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 in the Classroom Commons.
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 Law Library maintains a collection of past and sample exams, both online and as part of the print Reserve collection. The exams are added to the collection only at the request of individual professors. You must use your Forums login and password to access the online Sample Exams.
The Law Library circulates only monographs from the general collection. The Reserve collection contains at least one copy of every textbook ordered for Law courses, which may be checked out for use in the Law Library for two hour time blocks or to be taken to class. A Quick Factsheet concerning Circulation and Reserve can be found here. Please read our Circulation Policy for further information about borrowing materials from the Law Library.
When there is a need for materials that are not owned by the UA Libraries, the Law Library will attempt to borrow them from other libraries through the formal interlibrary loan (ILL) channels. Click here to request an article or book through interlibrary loan.
Class materials are found in the Reserve Collection located behind the Circulation Desk and may be used inside the library for up to two hours. The Reserve Collection includes textbooks, the Hornbook and Nutshell study aids, important Arizona materials, legal research and writing guides, audio visual materials, and many other commonly referenced items. Check the Course Reserve list to see which materials are available for a particular course.
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 or faculty authorization code, depending on your affiliation. 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.
Group study rooms are available for law student group use at the Law Library. These rooms are located on the lower level of the library. Use of the rooms is strictly limited to College of Law students who are studying as a group.
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.
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