Independent Studies

Ask a Librarian

Borrowing and Locating Materials

Computers, Copying, and Printing

Ask a Librarian

Appointments

Librarian assignments are determined by the Head of Reference Services based on the librarian's subject specialty, the faculty member supervising the independent study and librarian workload. Students who are pursing independent studies should contact Stephanie Wilson, Head of Reference Services.

After you are assigned a research librarian, make an appointment. Your designated research librarian should sign your independent study form. At that point, you should set up a mutually convenient date and time to meet with your research librarian for a more formal research consultation.

Reference librarians are available either at the reference desk or by appointment. Use the staff directory to contact a librarian to schedule a convenient meeting time.

Reference Desk

The reference desk is located to the left as you enter the library. This desk is staffed by experienced reference librarians. They are available to assist with research questions.

Borrowing and Locating Materials

Borrowing from the Law Library

Search the law library catalog and check out materials with your ID card at the circulation desk on the second floor of the library or at the self-checkout machine in Reserve. Be sure to turn in materials on time as loan periods vary and fines do accrue. See our borrowing policies here.

Borrowing from Lemieux Library

Search the Lemieux Library catalog and check out materials with your ID card at the Lemieux Library circulation desk. Be sure to turn in materials on time as loan periods vary and as fines do accrue. See Lemieux's borrowing policies here.

Casebooks

The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook for two-hour check out (no overnight check outs) in the Reserve collection. The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks. The library does not purchase upper division course materials. See our First-Year Law Student Resource Guide's list of 1L Casebooks or search our catalog for specific titles.

Exams

Current exams are placed on the faculty TWEN sites at the discretion of the faculty member. The library retains a collection of past law school exams through summer semester of 2003 in Reserve. Students can also access our Exam Taking Resources research guide.

Locations

Confused by all our different collections and locations?  Consult our locations guide for help or ask for assistance at the circulation/reference desks.

Micromedia Materials

The Micromedia collection is located in Room 204 in Reserve. Microform materials are listed in the catalog as located in "Micromedia." The Microform Collection Guide indicates the specific cabinet drawer and tray. Microforms may only be used in the library. They may be viewed and/or printed on the microform reader printers in Room 204. Prints cost $0.10 per copy. Payment is made at the circulation desk.

Research a Topic

Legal research guides have been written by Seattle University law librarians. They are designed to introduce student researchers to research areas and to provide suggestions for efficient and effective research.

Computers and Copying

Computers and Laptops

Those without laptops may use library computers to access the library's online resources.

Laptops may be used throughout the library. All carrels and tables in the library are wired with power as well as data connections for access to the law school network and the Internet. Questions about laptops, network information, printing, and email accounts should be directed to the technology staff.

Internet Access

Internet access is available to faculty, staff and current students. Connect to the Internet in the library or on the wireless network using a laptop computer. Questions about laptops, network information, printing, and email accounts should be directed to the technology staff.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw are available to law students, faculty, and staff through the library's educational contract with the companies. Review the user agreements with each system for additional information.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw require registration and passwords. Students receive registration information during orientation. Lexis printouts may be picked up in the DDC. Faculty and staff can obtain passwords from Kerry Fitz-Gerald.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw instruction for students is initially provided during their first year; advanced and refresher courses for all students are scheduled throughout the year. For training, students and faculty can contact the vendor representatives:

Bloomberg Law: Beth Goldfinger

LexisNexis/WebCourses: Katie Smith

Westlaw/TWEN: Zachary Gose

Photocopying

The library does not have an in-house copy center; patrons are responsible for their own photocopying. The library has one self-service copy machine located in the reserve area on the 2nd floor. The copy machine accepts change, one and five dollar bills and Seattle University campus cards that have value added to the debit account. Value can be added to your campus card using eAccounts. Additional information is available on the “Campus Card” section of the OIT website. Cost for photocopies is $0.10 when using change and $0.055 when using your ID card.

Contact the circulation staff if you encounter any problems with the copy machine. Circulation staff can add paper and fix minor paper jams but cannot repair the machine. Staff will place a service call if required.

Printing

The Document Delivery Center (DDC) is located next to the circulation desk. You can pick up your printouts at the DDC or at the printers located on the south (the flagpole) side of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library.

Other Useful Information

Topic Selection

Current awareness sources like topical newsletters (e.g. BNA reports) and legal newspapers (e.g. National Law Journal) are very useful. See our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide for Tools for Finding a Topic. The UW Gallagher Law Library's research guide, Writing for and Publishing in Law Reviews, contains a section on finding interesting topics. You may also want to check out these useful books:

  • Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Reserve KF250.F34 2011
  • Academic Legal Writing, Reserve KF250.V65 2010.

To find out whether your topic has already been written about, consult our preemption check guide.

Submission

The following sources are a few places where you can find lists of legal periodicals:

See also Gallagher Law Library's guide to the submissions process.

Additional Information