Coleman Karesh Law Library
Reference Librarians & Legal Research Faculty
"The most useful knowledge concerning the law is to know where to find it."
- Frederick C. Hicks
The Law Library Faculty of the School of Law is composed of librarians who specialize in legal bibliography, research, and scholarship. Each of the reference librarians holds both a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Library and Information Science. In addition to providing legal reference services to the law school, the university, and the public, most also teach semester-long courses on Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research and conduct specialized legal research seminars.
Legal Reference Services
A reference librarian is available at the reference desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM to answer reference questions and to assist students in developing research plans for particular projects. Students may contact the reference desk by phone at 777-5902 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may attend seminars and workshops conducted by the reference librarians throughout the school year on specific legal research topics and online databases. Students may also take advantage of the various research aids posted on the law library's website.
The Law Library offers the following reference and research services in support of the law school's mission to produce quality legal scholarship:
Courses in Legal Research
Legal Research, Analysis & Writing
Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing (LRAW) is a core component of the first year law school curriculum that integrates essential skills necessary for the practice of law.
In LRAW-1 (Fall) students learn the basic methods of researching state statutes and case law. Students also learn how to analyze those statutes and cases, how to identify and understand legal rules derived from those authorities, and how to apply those rules to make informed predictions about legal issues. Students learn how to convey legal analysis clearly and concisely and how to draft a legal prediction in the form of a memorandum of law.
In LRAW-2 (Spring), students build on their basic research, analytical, and writing skills to learn how to research federal statutes and cases, regulations, and secondary sources. Students also learn the skills of persuasive writing and argumentation through the preparation of an appellate brief and oral argument.
The Legal Research, Analysis & Writing (LRAW) classes are co-taught by our Legal Research Librarians and Legal Writing Instructors.
The Law School also offers an Advanced Legal Research course as an elective to all students during the second and third years. Students may attend seminars and workshops conducted by the Reference Librarians throughout the school year on specific legal research topics and online databases.
Advanced Legal Research LAWS 562 - 2 Hours
The Advanced Legal Research course is offered as an elective to all students during the second and third years. Students further develop their ability to critically select and use the primary and secondary sources discussed in the Legal Research course and also learn new research materials and techniques involving finding tools, forms, court rules, practice aids, and legislative history. Research strategies and efficient and cost-effective use of resources are also covered.
Reference/Legal Research Faculty
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