The Law Library & Research Collection
The Law Library offers the latest information and technology in a dramatic and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The Law Library opened in 1996 and is the center for intellectual life at the School of Law. The library houses more than 450,000 volumes in a 120,000 square foot facility. Whether students are seeking solitude for quiet study or a conference room for practicing oral arguments, the facility easily accommodates their varied needs. There are 400 individual study carrels, 14 study rooms, computer laboratories, a rare book and manuscript center, student lounge, periodical reading rooms and more than 70,000 linear feet of shelving. International LL.M. students are provided with a reserved carrel at the library. Collections include federal and state statues as well as judicial opinions, treatises and other primary sources. There are substantial collections of international legal materials, U.S. government publications, and insurance law materials. In addition, students have access to materials at other universities, including Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Despite its small size, the School of Law boasts extensive advanced electronic research facilities. All LL.M. students are instructed in the use of computer data services and have unlimited access to the school library's computer laboratory for word processing and legal research. Through the Law Library Computer Center network, students also have free access to Computer Assisted Legal Research programs and other databases including Lexis and Westlaw. Students with laptop computers may connect to the full network at any of the 950 computer access points throughout the facility. Each study carrel is wired for network access for use by students with portable computers.