To new students arriving for orientation: Welcome! The Law Library staff looks forward to working with you throughout your law school career. From personalized research consultations to exam-time grilled cheese breaks, the library offers services to make your time at UVA more enriching, efficient, and enjoyable. Here are some key resources that will help you hit the ground running this academic year:
Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law Passwords
Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are core legal research databases, so be sure to sign up for access! On August 22, activation codes will be distributed in the lounge area of Withers-Brown Hall, which is to the right as you exit the Law Library. After August 22, the codes will be available at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library.
NYT, WSJ, CALI, and More!
As a UVA law student, you’ll receive free access to resources like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CALI (a provider of interactive legal tutorials). You can sign up for these and other law-school-only resources via LawWeb. From the LawWeb homepage, just click on the “Student Services” tab (shown below), and then select the resource you’d like to access.
Not sure how to tackle your Legal Research & Writing assignment? The Law Library is here to help! Each section of LR&W has a dedicated librarian—or “Library Liaison”—to help students get comfortable with legal research methods. (Once classes start, LR&W students will receive more details about meeting with a Library Liaison.) For liaison contact info and additional research tips, check out this guide to legal research for law students.
Well-formed citations are an important part of legal writing. To help you nail every detail, the Law Library offers online access to the Bluebook Uniform System of Citation. Law students and faculty can request an access code.
Guide to Student Services
As your studies progress, we hope that you’ll find the Law Library to be a valuable partner in your academic efforts. You can learn more about the library’s offerings in our A to Z guide for students. And remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact a staff member!
Once again, a warm welcome to all incoming students!