Spring Into Summer Success Resources Now Online

Spring Into Summer Success with W&L Law Library and OCS

A freshly updated guide to resources for student summer employment is now online, courtesy of the W&L Law Library.

The guide is based on the Spring Into Summer Success with W&L Law Library and OCS program held at W&L Law between March 12 and March 19, 2024. It includes guidance and resources for conducting smart and efficient legal research and making the most of the summer work experience. Information is relevant for any legal workplace, such as private firms, public interest organizations, judicial internships, or government agencies.

Content includes:

  • Summer Work Tips with the Rachford Fellows and Burks Scholars
  • Legal News and Current Awareness
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Surveys and Research
  • Introduction to Lexis+ AI
  • Prepare to Practice with Westlaw
  • Summer Access to Online Resources

Streaming video recordings of the in-person sessions are included where available.

The guide is at https://libguides.wlu.edu/summersuccess2024. Please note that the guide is exclusively accessible to the W&L Law community; click here to log into Box for the required password.

You are welcome to reach out to the W&L Law Library (lawref@wlu.edu) and Office of Career Strategy (lawcareer@wlu.edu), both while preparing for your job now and during the summer. We are glad to help and will do our best to get you the information or advice you need!

New Charging Station for Mobile Devices at W&L Law

Courtesy Charging Station at W&L Law Library

We are delighted to debut our new Courtesy Charging Station at the W&L Law Library!

You can charge your mobile device or laptop quickly and securely in the 8 lockable compartments, featuring USB-C, micro USB, lightning (iPhone) and three-prong outlets. It is conveniently located in the Law Library near the computer stations at the Level 3 entrance.


New Guide to Study Aids for Upper-Level Courses

Print study aids on upper-level subjects, available in the Reserve Room.

Just in time for fall exam season, the Law Library has launched a new LibGuide to help you select the best study aids for upper-level elective courses.

Study Guides for 2L/3L Classes highlights the leading online and print supplements available at no cost to W&L students through the Law Library. Subjects include Evidence, Administrative Law, Business Associations, Tax, and more. The guide complements the Study Guides for 1L Classes, updated regularly since 2016.

Print study aids are in the Reserve Room (Level 3 near the Circulation Desk). Online study aids and supplements are available from West Academic, Lexis Digital Library, CALI, and Quimbee.

Email LawRef@wlu.edu with any questions or suggestions about study aids for law courses or concepts.

New Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings Released

W&L Law Journal Rankings

The 2022 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings are now available at go.wlu.edu/lawjournals.

Maintained by the W&L Law Library, the Rankings are a world-recognized resource for identifying and comparing law journals by subject, country of publication, or rank across several categories relevant to scholars and publishers.

Data for 2022 includes the top 400 U.S.-published law journals and the top 100 law journals published outside the United States, based on citation counts and publication statistics for a 2018-2022 survey period.

New Rankings are released annually based on data up through the preceding calendar year. Historical data from the 1996-2003 to 2017-2021 survey periods remains accessible on the site for reference and comparison.

For more information about W&L Law Journal Rankings, please visit the the How to Use and Methodology pages of the site. Questions and comments are welcome at LawJournalRankings@wlu.edu.

W&L Law Library Adds Notary Services

Notary services are now available at the W&L Law Library.

Four members of the W&L Law Library staff are now commissioned Notaries Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Administrative Assistant Emma Martone and Library Assistants Brittany Fix, Victoria Johnston, and Milea Webb all became notaries in May, more than doubling the number of notaries on the Law School staff. They are available to provide services free of charge to community members during business hours.

A list of all notaries at the Law School and the W&L undergraduate campus is available on the University website.

To use our notary services, email or call any of the employees listed above to make an appointment or stop by the Law Library Circulation Desk.

W&L Law Library Launches Mobile Self-Checkout System

Use the Meescan self-checkout station at the Circulation Desk, or the app on your phone anywhere in the Library.

The W&L Law Library is delighted to introduce Meescan, a system that lets users easily check out items anywhere in the Library using a mobile phone app.

Following recent rollouts in the Leyburn and Telford libraries on Front Campus, a new Meescan self-service unit at the Law Library Circulation Desk now allows 24/7 checkout of library materials with a swipe of your W&L ID card or email address.

The self-checkout computers previously in the Reserve Room and in the Level 1 and 1A stacks have also been removed. Instead, enjoy the convenience of simply scanning an item straight from the shelf using the Meescan app on your phone to read the item’s barcode.

The Meescan app is available for both iOS and Android (Apple App Store and Google Play). Look for signs around the Library with a QR code to download it directly; also below:

We hope you find Meescan to be a quick and convenient way to checkout your library materials! If you have any questions, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu.

Spring Into Summer Success with W&L Law Library and OCS – Tue. 4/4

Sign up today to attend Spring Into Summer Success with W&L Law Library and OCS, Tuesday, April 4, from 5:00 to 7:30pm in Millhiser Moot Court Room. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – food provided.

Learn expert tips and strategies to help you succeed this summer and beyond. The W&L Law Legal Research faculty will present resources for effective research and keeping current in any legal practice area or job type. The Office of Career Strategy will lead discussions about working in firm, court, and public interest positions. LexisNexis will also present on tools to enhance your work this summer.

The program includes insights on legal research and professional success from experienced legal practitioners:

Also sharing information and insights:

  • Profs. Christensen and Evans, W&L Law Library
  • Ms. Coleman-Jackson, W&L Law Office of Career Strategy
  • Rachford Fellows Breanna Jefferson and Crawford Lewis
  • Burks Scholars Natalie Corban and Cassandra Lamzik
  • Sabrina Chester ’13L, LexisNexis Account Manager

Attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Visit go.wlu.edu/success to register.


Now at W&L Law: CALI Tutorials & Texts on 50+ Legal Subjects

The Law Library is happy to announce full access for W&L Law students and faculty to CALI, the premier online platform for interactive legal-subject tutorials.

With over 1,000 online lessons spanning 50+ topics of doctrinal law and practice-oriented skills, CALI content is created and used by law professors nationwide to provide self-directed yet rigorous guidance for students, both as assigned course materials and as extracurricular supplements.

Popular for first-year and upper-level elective subjects, CALI lessons can also provide valuable reviews of core concepts for 3Ls preparing for the bar exam. Extensive selections of outlines, ebooks, and podcasts on law school subjects are also available.

Current W&L Law students can click here for the Authorization Code to sign up for a free account. Faculty should email LawRef@wlu.edu to request access.

Please contact the Law Library with any questions. We hope you enjoy this great resource!

New Labor and Employment Database on HeinOnline

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W&L Law Library is pleased to announce access to Labor and Employment: The American Worker on HeinOnline.

Launched in February 2023, this comprehensive database is dedicated to all the ways America works: the history of organized labor in the United States, its influence on labor law, and the many ways people work for a living

It contains thousands of books, documents, and articles about the American workplace, from the labor rights movement in the 19th century to the struggles of today. Topics include the establishment of a minimum wage and the 40-hour workweek, collective bargaining, contracts, workplace hazards and safeguards, as well as efforts to make the workplace equitable for all. New scholarly articles and content are added each month.

Labor and Employment: The American Worker and other HeinOnline content is accessible to all current W&L students, faculty, and staff, as well as all University alumni through the Friends of the Library program.

For more information about the new collection, see HeinOnline’s LibGuide or watch their brief video. Also feel free to reach out to a librarian at LawRef@wlu.edu for guidance or research assistance.



New Free Books Shelf – Take It Or Leave It!

Stop by the W&L Law Library’s new Free Books Shelf in the 3rd floor Reading Room!

Titles range from tax to torts, evidence to Spanish, casebooks to romance novels – free to a good home! Donations are also welcome: Just leave your unwanted books on the shelf or tuck them in with their proper topic for someone else to find and enjoy.

Happy reading!