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

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

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

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 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 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 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!

New York Times Cooking Now Available at W&L

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Content at is now provided by W&L Libraries.

Just in time for holiday food and festivities, the W&L University Library and Law Library are pleased to announce complimentary access to New York Times Cooking.

Accessible at, New York Times Cooking is a leading online kitchen resource that helps home cooks of every level discover, save, and organize both classic and innovative recipes and learn to become better cooks.

To access NYT Cooking, you must have a current NYT individual digital subscription, which is also free for current W&L students, staff, and faculty. To sign up, log in to with your WLU username (not your full email address) and password and follow the instructions.

Happy holidays and happy cooking!

Study Aids: A Guide to the Basics

Student post by Sara Lee, 2L and W&L Law Library SLACer

Has everyone been mentioning hornbooks, commercial outlines, and other such supplemental readings that you have not touched? Do you have no idea what everyone else is talking about?

Here’s a quick and simple guide to some of the basics on study aids and supplements for law courses:

    1. Keep in mind that supplements are meant to add to your understanding. If you don’t have time for them or haven’t touched one until the week before finals, that is okay!
    2. Think of hornbooks and nutshells as summaries of a topic, and commercial outlines as an organized discussion of the ideas and case law of a topic.
    3. Some popular study aid types and titles:
    4. If you prefer audio study aids:
      • Law School Legends. Recordings by expert professors breaking down the class—very useful for learning how to format your outline or exam answers.
      • Sum and Substance. On a wide range of course topics.

Ready for more applicable practice? A selection of past exams from W&L Law professors are available on Box.

Many of the supplements above are available in the Reserve Room (Level 3 near the Circulation Desk) or online through West Academic Study Aids. You can also download some audiobook titles to your computer/device and access streaming audio recordings through the West Academic Audio app.

Hope this helps!

W&L Law Library Celebrates Faculty and Student Scholarship

W&L Law Fall Scholarship Celebration

On October 6, the Washington and Lee Law Library hosted the fourth W&L Law Fall Scholarship Celebration. The event was co-sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center and took place in the Law Library’s main reading room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Faculty, librarians, staff, and administrators mingled with law students over hors d’oeuvres and wine to peruse the formidable scholarly output of the W&L Law community. Spouses, alumni, faculty from W&L’s undergraduate campus, and others with ties to the University were also in attendance.

On display were dozens of the 13 books, 21 chapters, and 159 articles, essays, and notes authored by the W&L Law faculty and student body between October 2019 and October 2022. Also accessible via interactive screens was the W&L Law Scholarly Commons, the Law School’s open-access online repository of over 19,400 academic works, archival records, and institutional documents. It has gained over 900,000 downloads from 225 countries and territories in 2021 and 2022 alone.

Melanie Wilson, dean of W&L Law; Christopher Seaman, director of the Frances Lewis Law Center; Andrew Christensen, Head of Digital Initiatives and Outreach; and Jenny Mitchell, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, provided welcoming remarks, alongside W&L Law Library director Michelle Cosby, who also led all attendees in a celebratory toast.

The event brochure, which includes a comprehensive list of recent W&L Law scholarship, is available to download in PDF. Additional photos from the Celebration are available in the W&L Law Scholarly Commons.