The W&L Law Library is pleased to announce University-wide access to over 120 full-text ebooks from leading academic publisher Edward Elgar, through the ElgarOnline platform.
The new collection includes electronic versions of 94 titles that the Law Library also owns in print, plus 30 additional open-access titles that are available to all internet users. Books and chapters are viewable online and downloadable in PDF.
The selection includes works on legal, public policy, political, business, and international affairs topics, with several highlights from the W&L Law faculty:
Christopher Seaman, Presumption of Validity, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Ben Depoorter et al. eds, 2019)
Access to ElgarOnline off campus requires log-in with valid WLU credentials. For an extensive list of ebook collections and other legal research platforms available from the W&L Law Library, see our Databases and Online Resources page.
In April 2020, W&L Law professor Nora Demleitner asked the Law Library to begin tracking how COVID-19 is affecting correctional institutions around the world. With the UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project already compiling information on U.S. jails and prisons, Prof. Demleitner, a scholar of international and comparative law, sought to expand data collection to foreign countries.
Franklin Runge, Head of User Services at W&L Law Library, and his team of McThenia Research Assistants were up to the task. They developed a site on the LibGuide platform that is freely available to researchers worldwide.
“Our approach is to start small and slowly add countries in which RAs are fluent in the language and can find and comprehend the data,” says Runge. “The goal is to provide an ‘apples to apples’ comparison between countries. That said, some correctional regimes are radically different and data distribution is not uniform.”
As of October 2020, the guide has resource pages for eight countries: Belarus, Colombia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Ukraine. The pages are updated as new data becomes available, and more countries may be added in the future.
The guide is the most recent in the Library’s collection of LibGuides on researching legal subjects, finding and using materials, and conducting legal research. If you have feedback or questions, or a suggestion for a new LibGuide that the Law Library might offer, please email us at LawRef@wlu.edu.
The guide is a collaboration between the Law Library and W&L University Library, and brings together resources on racism and violence against Black people in the United States to support curricular and extracurricular efforts to oppose racism. It includes information about and links to a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, poetry, films, and online resources, all specially selected for their value in the ongoing study and discussion of race and racism in America.
The guide is the most recent in the Library’s collection of LibGuides on researching legal subjects, finding and using materials, and conducting legal research. It highlights the best resources for court docket and records information, including subscription products like Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline, which W&L and other law schools provide for their students and faculty, as well as free resources available to anyone.
The eleven titles include non-fiction, fiction, history, and biography, and are recognized as valuable in helping law school communities understand and address the complex issues of systemic racism in our society and criminal justice system.
The Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project was formed in the spring of 2020 by law school deans and members of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS):
By creating a space for our collective voices as leaders of law schools to engage our institutions in the fight for justice and equality, we strive to focus our teaching, scholarship, service, activism, programming, and initiatives on strategies to eradicate racism.
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 2019 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 2015-2019 survey period.
New Rankings are released annually based on data up through the preceding calendar year. Historical data from the 1996-2003 to 2014-2018 survey periods remains accessible on the site for reference and comparison.
The W&L Law Library is pleased to announce complimentary access to dozens of online study aids and casebooks from leading legal publisher Wolters Kluwer.
Through June 30, 2020, all W&L Law students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the following materials online, free of charge:
Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Over 180 study aids and supplements on virtually every core law school subject, all available to browse as e-books online or download in PDF. Click here for full access, including:
Examples & Explanations
Emanuel Law Outlines
Law in a Flash flashcards
Casenote Legal Briefs
Connected Casebooks Students may register at CasebookConnect.com/free to access up to five digital e-textbook titles, featuring:
Search, highlighting, and note-taking capabilities.
Additional learning materials and practice questions from leading study aids such as Examples & Explanations and Glannon Guides.
Video explanations, multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and flashcards.
Outlining and case-briefing tools to help you work more efficiently.
Constitutional Law Videos A helpful supplement for all Constitutional Law courses, An Introduction to Constitutional Law by Randy E. Barnett and Josh Blackman teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries. The online library of 63 videos brings the Supreme Court’s 100 most important decisions to life. The videos are enriched by photographs, maps, and audio from the Supreme Court. Students can watch the videos to prepare before class, or afterward to fill in any gaps in their notes. The entire collection can be viewed in roughly 12 hours in preparation for exams. See Professor Blackman’s guide to the resource and instructions for accessing it on the Wolters Kluwer platform.
In light of current events, Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law are each offering an expanded range of online “Prepare to Practice” programs this spring. Below is an outline of upcoming virtual trainings and live webinars from these three major legal research platforms, designed to help get you ready for summer positions and post-graduation jobs.
Westlaw will host a live national webinar on Prepare To Practice/Cost Effective Research on Tuesday, March 24 at 12:00pm EDT, and again on Thursday, April 2 at 1:00pm EDT. Visit www.lawschool.tr.comto register. The program description from Westlaw:
Academic and Law Firm specialists will provide you with an awareness of Westlaw – the tools, resources and content that help you to be a successful and productive summer associate. This 45 minute webinar will focus Practical Law, efficiency tips and Westlaw in the law firm. Registered attendees are eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
A series of upcoming live webinars on a range of topics will help students get the most out of the Bloomberg Law platform. All webinars begin at 2:00pm EDT on the specified day and will last 30 minutes. Click on the webinar titles below to register.
Use the Bloomberg Law Business Intelligence Center to keep track of news, current awareness, client research, docket tracks, and developing case law.
Lexis offers a multi-faceted Prepare to Practice online program, focusing on research and other practical skills for summer success. Students who complete the requirements also earn a Practice-Ready Certification to show value to employers.
Visit the LexisNexis Prepare to Practice website to discover training and certification opportunities you can complete at your own pace, including guided modules, on-demand video tutorials, and weekly tips on researching and drafting.
Lexis will also host a nationwide webinar series during the month of April. Click on the program titles to register.
Are you ready to work with a litigator? They’re a different breed who uses a variety of sources and tools to problem solves issues before, during and after trial. This 30-minute webinar walks you through a typical litigation assignment and the tools litigators use to solve problems for their clients.
Whether you’re planning to work for a federal judge, agency, or the DOJ, it’s best to know what to expect. This 60-minute webinar in 20-minute segments walks you through a typical day in the life of three of the most popular government lawyer positions:
Have you considered the risks of open web research? You probably don’t even think about it. Everyone starts their research on the open internet. What could go wrong in the practice of law? This 30-minute webinar explores the benefits and risks of performing factual and legal research on the open web.
Per Washington and Lee University policy, the Law Library facilities are closed until further notice to students, guests, and visitors from outside W&L. On-site Library services for faculty and staff, including Circulation and Reference, are also limited.
Browsable online and fully printable or downloadable in PDF, titles in the Digital Library are paginated just like their print counterparts and can be easily annotated with highlights and comments you can save and share with others. Customizable tools for organizing, viewing, and exporting materials also enhance a reader’s interactive experience, beyond both a traditional print or website format.
Where available, references and citations within texts are hyperlinked to the corresponding materials in Lexis Advance. A mobile app for iOS and Android also allows for easy reading online or offline.