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Law Student Central: 1L Survival Guide

When is the Law Library Open?

The Law Library is open to law students for 105 hours each week!

Academic Year Hours for Law School Students & Faculty
Monday 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm - 12:00 am

The Law Library is a controlled access space. Law students can use their tap cards to access the Law Library during posted hours using the exterior elevator located in the Lobby to the far right of the Library Building Foyer. The Law Library is also accessible from within the University Library. Keep in mind that the two Libraries operate on different schedules. 

Each student should tap their keycard on the card reader. Never allow others to "tailgate" into either RU Library.

If your tap card doesn't work, contact the Law Public Services Desk or use the "doorbell" outside the University Library's entrance.



Law School Success Resources

1L Study Aids

Online and print study aids are practical resources that help students prepare for law school classes and exams. The Law Library subscribes to all three major study aid platforms (Aspen Learning Online, LexisNexis Digital Library, and West Academic), and to CALI, which provides over 1,200 interactive online lessons in over 40 legal subject areas. There are multiple links to the various platforms on the Law Library's website. You can locate print study aids using Primo, the Law Library's catalog and discovery tool. Our Study Aids research guide organizes both print and online resources for each law school course, including all first-year classes.

If you have questions about finding or using study aids reach out to Professor Magee! 

Study Aids

Lexis+, Westlaw Precision, Bloomberg Law

The Law Library provides Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law access. Use is restricted to authorized law school users. New students will receive information about Westlaw and Lexis registration during Orientation and in LARW. Extensive training on both platforms is integrated into LARW.

For Bloomberg Law, all current law school students can register for an academic user account (Use your law school email address.)

Be sure to look through the training tools, research guides, and other helpful resources on each site's Law School page. The links below are simply a starting point.

A Few Books for 1Ls

Law School Exam Prep

Law Library Spaces

Law Library Map

Law Library Floor Map

The Law Library offers a variety of spaces to support both quiet study and collaborative learning.

The Quiet Side is set aside for quiet, individual study. Complete silence is strongly encouraged. Phone calls are not permitted, and devices must be muted. The Collaborative Side is designed for study groups. Quiet conversation is welcome, but please be mindful of others.

Law Library Balcony

Law Library Reading Balcony

The Law Library Reading Balcony is one of the most popular spaces in the Law Library. Please note that noise levels on the Law Reading Balcony can vary, particularly when events are held in the Atrium. 

Law Library Carrel Image

Law Library Carrels

Carrels are individual study desks designed to minimize distraction and provide privacy. The Law Library provides nearly 150 carrels that law students can reserve for the academic year. Most are lighted and equipped with power/USB outlets. Reserved carrels are located on the Quiet Side. New students receive information about Carrel Reservations during Orientation. Returning students can renew or modify existing Carrel Reservations near the end of the Fall semester.

Law Library Study Tables

Study Tables

The Law Library has both group study tables and smaller tables ideal for one or two students. Tables are scattered throughout. The large tables near the Virginia state materials are located on the Collaborative Side and are a popular place for small-group study. 

Image of Law Student Studying

Individual and Group Rooms

The Law Library has a total of twelve individual and small group study rooms, as well as one study room reserved for larger groups (5-10 students), and a 15-seat conference room. Both individual and group study rooms can be checked out for 4 hours, with limited renewals. Visit the Law Public Services Desk for detailed information about study room use.

Find Study Rooms on the Map

Student Wellness Resources

Professional Identity Formation