The Reference Team at Washington and Lee consists of law librarians and part-time law library staff members who assist faculty, students and patrons with their research needs. The Reference Team may not provide legal advice or services. For more information, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu, call the Circulation Desk at (540) 458-8552, or visit the Law Library User Guide.
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Archives contain the papers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. and other primary sources of legal history; Rare Book Collection; W&L Law faculty publications; law school administrative records; teaching and examination materials; moot court materials; law school publications of record; and student organization records. For more information, or to request assistance with archival materials, please contact John Jacob at JacobJ@wlu.edu or visit the Archives on Level 1.
Research and Instructional Services for Faculty
The Reference Team assists faculty members in identifying and locating resources to support academic and scholarly interests; creating topic specific bibliographies; providing special instruction or guest lectures on research techniques and materials (see below); and providing assistance and instruction for faculty research assistants. For assistance, please contact a law librarian or visit the Law Faculty Quick Tips.
The Andrew W. McThenia Faculty Research Assistants, a pool of second- and third-year law students selected and overseen by a law librarian, provide curated research support for the scholarly activities of the W&L Law faculty and administration. The McThenia RAs assist with faculty projects of varying scope and duration. For more information, or to request assistance, please contact Franklin Runge at FRunge@wlu.edu.
Law librarians are also available to provide class instruction, guest lectures, or online assistance with research techniques and resources, database introduction and exploration, topical research guides in print or online, and library tours. To discuss your specific instructional needs, please contact Andrew Christensen at ChristensenA@wlu.edu.
Research Assistance for Law Students
The Reference Team assists law students in planning their research strategy, identifying relevant resources for their research endeavors, and locating materials for their academic studies.To schedule an appointment, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu. call the Circulation Desk at (540) 458-8552 or visit the Law Student Lifeline.
Current Awareness and Alert Services
The Law Library provides faculty with regular updates on new legal scholarship via the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP), a weekly resource is published by the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law. The publication surveys 650 legal publications and then organizes new articles under 104 different subject headings. To receive CILP notifications by email, please contact Franklin Runge at FRunge@wlu.edu.
To receive a customized current awareness newsletter or to set up alerts from Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw, or Scholarly Commons, please contact Andrew Christensen at ChristensenA@wlu.edu. For assistance setting up alerts from SSRN, please contact Franklin Runge at FRunge@wlu.edu.
Publishing Resources for Authors
The W&L Law Journal Rankings are a nationally recognized resource for authors looking to publish in law-focused scholarly periodicals. The tool allows authors to evaluate hundreds of law journals based on citation data. Users may rank journals in groups by subject matter and other characteristics to identify suitable publications for their submissions. It also serves as a directory of active law journals and provides links to their websites and submission policies. For more information regarding the Law Journal Rankings Project, please contact Andrew Christensen at ChristensenA@wlu.edu.
Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN): Faculty who wish to include their working papers on SSRN may contact Franklin Runge at FRunge@wlu.edu for assistance posting, managing, and disseminating their work through the W&L Law Research Paper Series and accompanying eJournal subscription.
The Law Library is designed to provide a welcoming space for study and collaboration with open study areas throughout the Law Library. The third floor reading room is specifically designed to maximize quiet study. Please observe the following guidelines when using the third floor reading room: limit conversation and speak in subdued tones; mute or utilize headphones on all portable electronic devices, including mobile phones; and be respectful of others studying. No smoking is permitted in the building. No alcohol is permitted in the law library.
Faculty members may place books and other materials on reserve. To place items on Course or E-Reserve, or to review the policies and procedures, please contact Donald Sensabaugh at email@example.com. Items in print that have been placed on reserve are available in the Law Library's Reserve Room on the third floor. Course reserve materials are also listed in the Library Catalog, where they can be searched by course name or number, instructor, title, or author.
The Law Library offers document delivery from the Law Library, Leyburn Library, and the Science Library to law faculty and staff only. To request materials from one of these libraries, please contact Milea Webb at MWebb@wlu.edu. All requests made on Monday through Friday will be delivered within 24 hours. Requests made after 12pm on Friday will be delivered on Monday after 12pm.
Students wishing to review past exams for W&L Law courses may view a selection of past exams online (PDF) as provided by our faculty.
Archival paper copies of past exams are held by the Law Records Office and the Powell Archives. The Archives will provide access to exams in its holdings written by current faculty, but only with the explicit consent of the author. Exams of faculty who have retired or otherwise separated from the University are open to the public. Please contact John Jacob at JacobJ@wlu.edu or visit the Archives on Level 1 to view these exams. Access to exams newer than five years old would require permission of the professor who wrote the exam. Please be aware that, in recent years, professors rarely provide paper copies of exams to Law Records and the Archives. Students wishing to see exams not presently on the Academic Success web page may contact their own professors for the course, or contact Academic Success.
Materials may be renewed by accessing your Library Record online or by contacting Milea Webb at MWebb@wlu.edu. Renewals are subject to requests for the materials from another patron and the existence of overdue items. For more information regarding lending periods, please visit the Lending Policies.
To reserve a study room within the Law Library, please visit W&L's 25Live Reservation System. (WLU log-in credentials required.)
The Law Library has six study rooms located on level 3 of the library. Rooms 305, 306, 307, 308, and 309 accommodate up to two people and room 304 accommodates groups eight. Reservations are permitted for a maximum of four hours per group; no successive reservations are permitted.
During exams, use of Law Library study rooms is limited to law students. The usage of study rooms requires a minimum of two individuals. Students may not take exams in a study room. To reserve a study room during the exam period, please use the individual sign-up sheets located on the door of each study room.
During the times when law school courses are not in session (i.e., winter holiday break or summer months), study rooms 305, 306, 307, 308, and 309 may be used in a "first come, first served" basis; reservations via 25Live will be unavailable. However, during this time room 304 will remain within the 25Live system as it doubles as a conference/meeting room.