Hours – December and January

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Our hours are different in December and early January because of Reading & Exam period and Winter Break. Check our up-to-date calendar: Law Library Hours.

Our visitor policy is also different during the Reading & Exam period so that our space is conducive to study. During that time — Dec 1 through Dec 18 — only UCI Law students and UCI faculty and staff can use the Law Library.

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

Check out a Movie from the Library!

Ready for the Thanksgiving and Winter Break? Check out a Movie from the Library!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, football and law-themed movies. Likewise, winter break is a time to unwind from exams and engage with the law through film!

Good news!  The Law Library has a robust law movie collection, including most of those on the ABA list of top 25 Greatest Legal Movies.

film reelThe Library can’t compete with streaming Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, but we can provide you with a curated library of films to help you on your way to becoming a great lawyer!

Browse the movie collection in the catalog here, and stop in to check one out from the Library.

Some movies are serious, like Crime after Crime, the story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence.

Others are more for fun, like Legally Blonde, the story of a California sorority queen who attends law school in the Northeast, and is able to succeed with major style!

And, of course, we have the all-time top ranking film for lawyers: To Kill a Mockingbird.

The story is based on the Harper Lee novel and takes place in a small town in Alabama during the Depression-era.  It involves a southern lawyer (played by Gregory Peck) who defends a black man (wrongly and for-prejudice) accused of rape.

It’s a great story and a great movie.  I would especially recommend it for anyone hoping to be the kind of lawyer that works for a more fair and inclusive society!

For other must-sees for the law student, check out:

New on the shelves – October 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

In October, the Law Library received books on legal careers, environmental law, international human rights, and international IP, among other topics.

cover-case-againstOne of our new books is The Case Against the Supreme Court, by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Related interviews and book reviews are highlighted in several 2014 items from UCI Law in the News. Law Library copies are shelved upstairs in the Faculty Display at KF 9742 .C46 2014.

Looking for other books by law faculty? They are are all tagged in our catalog with “UCI School of Law faculty publication.”

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

New on the shelves – September 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

Book coverIn September, the Law Library received books on family law, environmental law, international law, and international IP, among other topics.

Several of our new titles focus on Native American law because we are expanding our collection in this area in response to student and faculty interest. One of these newly-purchased titles is Enduring Legacies :  Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies. It’s shelved downstairs in the Stacks at KIE 110 .E53 2004.

Students working on pro bono projects that touch on this area might consider browsing the shelves downstairs for other titles, or searching Encore for books tagged with “Indians of North America laws” and related subjects.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

Orientation 2014

book iconLaw Library tours and related Library orientation activities are this week! Here’s some useful information for 1Ls, transfers, and visiting students.

Course & study materials – a few places to start:

  • Course Reserves Search – for textbooks and other readings that professors put on reserve.
  • Study Aids – how to find them in ANTPAC.
  • CALI online lessons – ask me for the code.

Books in print or online – three places to start:

  1. ANTPAC – for books and journals at UCI campus libraries, including the Law Library.
  2. Melvyl – for books, journals, and other resources at libraries all over the world — resources that you can borrow via ILL (Inter-library loan.)
  3. Encore - for books at UCI, as well as journal articles from 5 databases.

Off-campus access to Law Library resources usually needs the VPN (Virtual Private Network.) Check VPN Instructions from UCI Law IT.

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg questions can go to representatives.

  • Lexis: Michelle C. Yacoob, michelle.yacoob@lexisnexis.com
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper, kristen.knepper@thomsonreuters.com
  • BloombergBNA: Sharon Pate, spate@bna.com

Hours for the Law Library are updated on our website.

New on the shelves – June 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.
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In June, the Law Library received books on tax, environmental law, international law, and international trade, among other topics.

One of our new titles is the Pulitzer Prize winner Devil in the Grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. It’s shelved upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 224.G76 K56.

The author and his book were profiled in the New York Times on April 24, 2013: 

The book, about four black men falsely accused of raping Norma Lee Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman in Groveland, Fla., in 1949, unearthed a largely forgotten chapter in the long history of racial injustice in the United States, and explored, in painstaking detail, the tactics used by Thurgood Marshall, the future Supreme Court justice, to chip away at the foundations of Jim Crow law.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.