Journal Staff

Ask a Librarian

Borrowing and Locating Materials

Computers and Copying

Other Useful Information

Ask a Librarian


Barbara Swatt Engstrom is the primary contact librarian for the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law. Kelly Kunsch is the primary contact librarian for American Indian Law Journal, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Seattle University Law Review.

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.

Journal staff should identify themselves at the Circulation Desk when checking out materials. Journal staff receive longer check out periods and can check out some materials that are non-circulating (e.g. reporters). Journal staff are responsible for turning in the materials on time and in good condition. If you are using the materials for non-journal purposes (e.g. your own study or other research), please check them out in your own name.

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.


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 for a list of 1L Casebooks or search our catalog for specific titles.

Database Usage

The law library subscribes to many specialized databases. In addition, Lemieux Library subscribes to many non-legal databases. Contact the reference desk or your library liaison for help using our databases.

Use of law library databases may be subject to restrictions. Information on access restrictions is available through the Databases page. For further information, contact the reference desk.


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.


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


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. To make copies on the Law Library microform reader printers, notify the Law Library Circulation Desk of the number of copies made and indicate that the copies are on behalf of a journal.

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


Journal staff make photocopies in the journal offices. Materials should be checked out before removing them from the Law Library for photocopying. When photocopying material, be sure to indicate the title, author, source, date and page number of the reference on the photocopy for your files. To make copies of materials at the Lemieux Library, ask for the copy card at the Law Library Circulation Desk.


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 3rd floor of the library.

Other Useful Information

Cite Checking

Check out our pages on Cite and Source in our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide. The Gallagher Law Library also has a useful guide on cite checking and resources.  Consult with your journal editors as to whether you can use an online version as a substitute for print. Be aware that there are many materials that are simply not published in print. For example, many government documents are migrating to electronic format only. While we will do everything we can to assist you in finding a print source, sometimes we cannot locate a print copy. An alternative option may be electronic databases which contain images of materials (e.g. Hein Online, Westlaw Reporter Images, GPO Access, LLMC Digital, and so on).

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.


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