Custom Research Instruction for Law Classes

The Law Library offers custom research instruction for all types of classes.

This term, librarians are directly supporting courses in which students will research and write on the environment, biotechnology, and corporate finance.

Librarians are here to help students develop positive research habits, stay organized, and produce quality papers, reports, and memos! We can work with you and your students, whether in special sessions, by appointment, or at the Reference Office.  Contact Lisa with questions, or to schedule a training,

Students:  Ask questions before you spend too much time looking for information. We can help save you time and make you look even more awesome! Stop by the library, or email at

Core Clinic Orientation

The reference librarians are here to help you with research related to your clinic projects!

  • Check out our research guide with suggested resources for each of the core clinics: UCI Law Library – Core Clinics.
  • Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746.
  • Ask for a longer research consultation or request a “20-Minute Training.

1L Pro Bono Kickoff – Get Research Help on Your Projects

The reference librarians are here to help you successfully participate in pro bono projects! We can help you find forms, model documents, practice guides, and so much more. Check out our guide with resources for some of the more research-intensive projects: UCI Law Library – Pro Bono Projects.

Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746. Librarians are also available for longer consultations by appointment – just reach out to your liaison librarian to schedule a time. (Note: your liaison is usually the librarian who taught your legal research course.)

First-Year Legal Research (Jan. 4 to Jan. 8)

Congratulations UCI Law 1Ls!

You have successfully navigated your first semester of law school.

We’ll start the next year with one week of Legal Research, which is held from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8.

The class will include:

  • 4 Readings
  • 1 Pre-class assignment
  • 5 In-Class Exercises
  • 4 Practical Assessments
  • 1 Final Assessment

The class is designed to prepare you to take on the research assignments typically encountered at school and in the workplace.  Concepts will build on those introduced in your first semester.

Before the first class, login to TWEN, and

  1. Read the syllabus.
  2. Complete Reading 1.
  3. Complete the pre-class assignment.

Send pre-class questions to Lisa at

Yay and happy new year!

New on the shelves – November 2015

dissentCoverOur list of new books is now updated. Last month, the Law Library received books on a variety of topics, including several casebooks that’ll be on course reserve for Spring classes.

One of our new titles was reviewed in the New York Times by Supreme Court expert Dahlia Lithwick:

“[L]egal historian Melvin I. Urofsky’s ambitious new look at the role of dissents throughout our constitutional history offers some useful tools for making sense of the Roberts court’s recent predilection for personal, non sequitur and ad hominem dissents.”

“Urofsky is riveting when detailing the arguments and rhetorical workings of the nation’s great dissenters….”

Ambitious! Riveting! That’s quite an endorsement. Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 8748 .U76 2015.

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.

Hours – December and January


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 — Nov 30 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

The quiet zone

Over the next few weeks, please be extra careful to keep the noise level in the Library as low as possible so we can provide law students  with a quiet place to study.

The California Room on the lower level has been designated as a “quiet zone” for silent study. Try this area if you’re hoping to minimize distractions.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Voices carry. When it comes to noise, the biggest source of complaints is from talking. So if conversation is necessary, keep it brief and be attentive to how well others can hear you. Whispers can carry quite far in some parts of the Library. And cell phone calls are not permitted anywhere in the Library.
  • Even behind doors. The computer lab and group study rooms are not entirely sound-proofed, so your classmates nearby can definitely hear it if things get boisterous.
  • Kindness wins. We encourage you all to be patient with each other during the exam season. We also encourage all law students to contact anyone on the Library staff with Library-related questions or concerns.


Employment Law Research

employment-law-booksFor students who are interested in employment, labor, and related issues, here are some research pointers based on a the Law Library presentation to students enrolled in Professor Robinson-Dorn’s Fall 2015 Employment Law class. Highlights include:

  • Suggested sources and starting points – see our Labor & Employment Research Guide.
  • For more information about primary and secondary tax sources, see Chapter 5: Federal Labor and Employment Law in Specialized Legal Research.
  • Important online tools for federal and California labor and employment sources include:
    • BNA
    • BloombergLaw (BNA content, plus PLI treatises)
    • CCH Labor & Employment sources – available in Westlaw
    • CEB – California-specific treatises
  • VPN — required for many law-only resources — is supported by UCI Law IT Services.