Labor Day 2012

In observance of Labor Day, the Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 3. Weekend hours remain unchanged.

Want more information about Labor Day? The U.S. Department of Labor website is a good place to start. The DOL also provides statutory, regulatory, and general information about issues that come under its jurisdiction, including:  wage & hours, occupational health & safety, worker’s compensation, whistleblowers, and family leave. Find a “Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor” here.

Tragedy in Norway: Breivik Sentenced

Just over a year ago, I shared information here about the tragic events in Norway and the legal process that would follow. Today the Norwegian court found Breivik sane and therefore legally responsible for killing 77 people. This decision will keep Breivik in prison for a least 21 years but likely more, as this maximum punishment under Norwegian Law may be enhanced if he is deemed a danger to society.

Interested in locating international news sources about this or other topics?  One option is a Google “news” search. GMU patrons also have access to several news databases, including NewsBank which includes several hundred international newspapers, news services and broadcast media


Hotmail Email Accounts Banned at Website

If you have registered with CALI using a Hotmail email address you must change your CALI Account to list another email address from a different provider. Unfortunately, CALI has had significant problems with spam from Hotmail.  CALI has provided the following information for Hotmail users to modify their accounts:

(1) Send an email to with your name and a non-Hotmail email address that you wish to use with your CALI account. The switch over will have to be done manually so there will be some delay.
(2) Create a new account using a non-Hotmail email address. Please note if you choose this option, you will lose all access to previous lesson run information.  You will also need a GMU authorization code, available in the Reference Office

Visit Our Student-Only Study Area

The library has reserved seating on our recently renovated fourth floor for George Mason Law Student use only. There are several tables available in this area and we will soon be adding four large double-sided study carrels.  In addition, the Fourth Floor has five study rooms.

Work at GMU Law Library

Interested in library work? Want a job on campus? The GMU Law Library hires both wage and work study eligible students. Excellent pay and flexible hours!  Stop by the Circulation Desk for an application or see the Law Library Website here.


Training for LRWA III Students

Vendor representatives will offer optional training sessions for LRWA III students:

Bloomberg Law

  • August 20:  9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
  • August 21:  3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
All Bloomberg Law sessions will be held in the library training lab, Room 342.


  • August 20  noon, 5:00 pm
  • August 21 noon, 5:00 pm

Noon sessions will be held in Room 332, 5:00 sessions will be held in Room 221.


  • August 20 12:30pm, 3:00 pm
  • August 21 1:00 pm, 5:30pm

All Westlaw training sessions will be held in Room 121.

Welcome to GMUSL!

The library staff welcomes all new and returning students to George Mason University School of Law. We look forward to seeing you in the Law Library and during the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (LRWA) Program.

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“Like” the Law Library!

While it’s hard to like all the hours spent in the law library during law school, “Liking” the library Facebook page will help make some of those hours a little easier.  Our page provides:

  • Research tips
  • Information about training
  • Announcements related to library services
  • Updates on hot topics in law, legal education and practice that are most relevant to law students

And, if you are a GMU Law Student and “Like” the library on Facebook, you are eligible for a free insulated lunch bag or water bottle courtesy of Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, or LexisNexis.  Come get yours in the Library Reference Office, Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Supplies are limited!

Law Library Resumes Regular Hours

Beginning Sunday, August 12, Law Library Hours are as follows:

  • Sunday  11am – 11pm
  • Monday-Thursday  8am – 11pm
  • Friday  8am -10pm
  • Saturday  10am -10pm

Reference Hours are:

  • Sunday  2pm -9pm
  • Monday-Thursday  9am – 9pm
  • Friday  9am – 5pm
  • Saturday   Closed