Study Aids

The law library has numerous print study aids on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

Many of these titles and more are also available to students by accessing our West Study Aids Subscription.

Law Library Exam Period Hours

Friday, April 19 – Thursday, May 9

  • Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 AM –  Midnight*
  • Saturday  9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

  • Friday  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Monday – Tuesday, May 13 – 14

  •  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

*Note: In order to use the Law Library between 11 p.m. and midnight, you must be in Hazel Hall PRIOR to the time when the building locks at 11:00 p.m. If you leave the building after 11 pm, you will not be able to get back in.


Fine Amnesty Returns: Happy National Library Week!

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 13-19, 2013) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.

First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.

GMU Libraries Provide Access to Vault Career Insider

Career Insider by Vault provides career information and management tools including:

  • Vault Career Guides (includes legal practice areas and law firms)
  • Industry and company profiles
  • Resume and cover letter resources
  • Salary information
  • Job alerts
  • Online career forums

GMU patrons may access Career Insider using the link above or from the GMU Database Portal (listed alphabetically under “C” or “V”).  First time users are required to set up a personal username and password.



A Response to The Donkey

Dear The Donkey,

Yesterday you made your annual April Fools’ Day appearance. While we readily acknowledge that all was intended as lighthearted jest, it was difficult not to feel one’s gander rise when confronted with the arbitrary mocking of a venerated colleague, friend, and trusted ally. We speak here, of course, of the lead headline titled, “Mysterious Artifacts Found Near Computer Labs” and its wanton denigration of The Book.

While readily acknowledging the virtues of the digital medium, we would be remiss in not reminding our loyal readers that The Book is far from an “artifact.” These bound instruments remain a vital tool for the best researchers—not mere luddites. Seasoned and resourceful information seekers know the belief that “everything is online” is mere popular mythology promulgated by naive digital natives. Just think tenure people.

To be sure, no one would wish to pull the Shepard’s volumes out of the dumpster or abandon the opportunity of performing standard legal research with a few deliberate clicks. But do not forget that The Book is a technology that has survived for more than six centuries. The iPad has some catching up to do.

Respectfully yours etc……

Baseball and the Law

It’s opening day for major league baseball.  As throngs converge on Nationals Park and other stadiums we (i.e. those of us at work/in class instead of at the game!) can take a moment to remember the unique legal status of baseball in all of sports: i.e. its antitrust exemption.

Well timed for the start of the new season, UCLA Law Professor Stuart Banner has just published a concise history of baseball’s antitrust exemption—The Baseball Trust. Banner traces the sport’s legal battles highlighted by the Supreme Court’s 1922 decision in Federal Club v. National League (holding federal antitrust laws do not apply to baseball), reaffirmed 50 years later in Flood v. Kuhn— a decision that famously devotes its introductory paragraphs to a history of “The Game.”