New WTO Research Options

wto-logo-enTradeLawGuide and WorldTradeLaw are two new options at the Law Library for doing research into WTO cases, legal instruments, and related legal content.

Trade-Law-Guide Trade Law Guide covers WTO law, including WTO legal agreements and instruments, negotiating history, precursor agreements, all related WTO and pre-WTO case law, dispute documents and other related content. Citators provide pinpoint references to case law substantively citing WTO and pre-WTO provisions, to case law substantively citing other case law, and to minutes of the Dispute Settlement Body commenting on disputes and associated case law. Also includes summaries and commentaries on case law.

Restricted to UCI.

WorldTradeLaw includes a free resource library of current trade news and resources, plus the DSC Service, which provides summary and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations; a current keyword index; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a user-friendly search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.

Restricted to UCI Law.

Hours – July

Update: new closed date! We are closed on Monday, July 14. We are open on Friday, July 11.


We close early (4:30 pm) on Thursday, July 3. And we are closed all day on Friday, July 4 and Friday, July 11. Closures are due to Independence Day, as well as scheduled building maintenance.

Still want to study on campus? Check the UCI Libraries Study Space Locator at

Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours

New on the shelves – May 2014

Our list of new books is now updated.

cover imageIn May, the Law Library received books on immigration, labor law, international law, and criminal law, among other topics. To support the work of UCI’s growing clinical program, we added several California practice guides in print that were previously only available at UCI online, through OnLaw.

New print California practice guides from CEB include:

More CEB titles are available online in OnLaw. The site is restricted to UCI Law. Law students: see the VPN information in Technical Resources from UCI Law IT Services.

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.

Summer Research Tips

libguide-summer-snipIn case you missed the Legal Research in Practice event last week, highlights from each of the sessions are available from the Law Library homepage under “How Do I…” or directly at The research tips cover different jurisdictions and practice types in addition to some research basics to refresh your memory. You’ll also find information about:

  • using UCI databases over the summer;
  • connecting from off campus;
  • keeping current with legal news; and
  • contacting the Reference Desk.


New! California legal news – The Recorder

recorder-screenThe Recorder provides daily news about the California legal world, as well as judicial profiles of state judges from counties all over California.

The Recorder is one of ALM’s legal publications. Email updates are available.


More information about The Recorder is in Encore. Direct access is at

Please note:

Construction – May 8 – 23

construction worker imageVentilation work will be going on in walls and ceilings throughout the Law Library from Thursday May 8 through Friday May 23, as part of a project to upgrade the building’s aging HVAC equipment.  It’s likely that some days will be quite noisy.

Earplugs are available at the Service Counter. A directory of UCI study spaces is available if you want to look for alternate study locations.

Summer Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

summer-2014-goldLaw students: don’t forget to plan for your legal research accounts over the summer.

Bloomberg LawSign up to request a student ID for Bloomberg Law. It can take a few days to process a request for a new password.

  • You do not have to go through a special summer registration.
  • There are no summertime restrictions on using Bloomberg Law – you can even use your account if you’re at a firm*.

Lexis: You can use your Advance account to do research over the summer.

  • You do not have to go through a special summer registration for Advance.
  • There are no summertime restrictions on using Advance – you can even use your account if you’re at a firm*.

Westlaw: You might be able to use your student Westlaw account to do research over the summer.

  • You need to sign up for “Summer Extension” at 
  • There are important restrictions on law school accounts over the summer, regardless of whether you sign up for a Summer Extension. Non-academic use is prohibited. Check the summer extension link above for details.

* Always check your employer’s policy for tracking and billing research costs.

Legal Research in Practice – Fri. 5/9

lrp 2014 info

10:00 a.m. to noon in MPAA.  Select two sessions and get practical tips on research and job success in different jurisdictions and settings. RSVP by filling out our online form.

Session 1 – 30 minutes (choose one)

  • California research
  • Federal research
  • Research refresher

Session 2 – 60 minutes (choose one)

  • Working for a judge.
  • Working for an attorney
  • Working for a wonk.

Can’t make it? Want to go to more than one? Look out for a follow-up email with links to online documentation.

Hours – Reading & Examination, Summer

hoursOur hours are different in late April and early May because of Reading & Exam period. After that, hours will change again for the summer. 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 — April 21 – May 7 — only UCI Law students and UCI faculty and staff can use the Law Library.