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Research Assistance for Law Faculty


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page for a directory of frequently used library services and resources.


Research and Reference Services

The Law Library Reference Librarians are available to help you and your research assistants locate information, identify relevant books, articles and electronic resources, develop search strategies for databases, the web, catalogs and other sources, and provide assistance in determining the best legal research methodology for finding cases and statutes.

At your request, the Reference Librarian will:

  • Work with faculty to identify resources in our physical and electronic holdings to support areas of teaching and scholarship.
  • Identify and obtain legal and non-legal resources via interlibrary loan.
  • Create bibliographies identifying resources of interest on a specified topic.
  • Provide special instruction or guest lectures on research techniques and material or library tours.  Please see a more detailed description of instructional services available here
  • Provide help and instruction to research assistants.

In addition to our reference librarians, a pool of second- or third-year law students, the Andrew W. McThenia Faculty Research Assistants, to provide specialized research support for the W&L Law faculty. The McThenia RAs work under the supervision of a reference librarian to to assist with faculty projects of varying scope and duration. Please contact Andrew Christensen at christensena@wlu.edu to submit a request for assistance from the McThenia RA pool.

The Powell Archives staff assist in work with the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. papers and other primary sources of legal history in its holdings.  The archives also maintains the records of the law school's administration, teaching and learning including exams, moot court materials, publications of records and student organization records.  As well, the archivist advises students and faculty on access to relevant primary historical materials at repositories in this country and abroad.


Publishing Resources for Authors

The Communications Consortium Media Center provides information on submission procedures and criteria for opinion pieces in more than 100 newspapers published in the United States. 

Manuscript submission information on classification and rankings of law reviews based on subject, number of citations in journals and opinion is available from Washington and Lee's nationally recognized Law Review Rankings and Submissions project. 


Course Reserves and Exam Files

Each semester faculty members are contacted prior to the beginning of a new semester to determine if there are books and other materials to be placed on reserve for students.  Faculty members who have placed items on reserve in the past are sent a list of the past reserves.  Faculty may also view items previously placed on reserve online: here. Please contact Bonnie Gates at gatesb@wlu.edu with any questions about reserve procedures or policies.

The Law Library maintains files of past examinations administrated at the law school and donated by members of the law faculty. Past exams are available online and in print at the Circulation Desk for enrolled students.  Faculty members wishing to contribute to the past exam files should contact Bonnie Gates.