Research Resources For Law Students

Reference Librarians - We’re Here to Help!

We welcome the opportunity to assist you with research questions and assignments. Whether it’s finding the answer to a quick reference question, providing a refresher on how to research case law, or devising the most efficient research strategy for an in depth research assignment in law or other disciplines, we’re here to help.

Contact a Reference Librarian - Schedule a Research Consultation

Reference Office Hours
Phone: 612-625-4309, Chat Reference Service, Email: law-ref@umn.edu

Reference Librarians

Schedule a Research Consultation

For more in-depth research advice, consider scheduling a research consultation. A reference librarian will meet with you to discuss research resources and strategies for your research assignments. Meetings are scheduled at least a day or more in advance to allow us to prepare for our meeting with you. To schedule a consultation, contact, Vicente Garces, garce003@umn.edu, 624-2597. Also, feel free to contact any of our reference librarians directly (contact info above) to schedule a research consultation.

Online Resources - Research Guides, Databases, Law-Related Websites & Library Catalogs

Research Guides: over 40 guides covering various legal research topics & areas of law.

Legal Databases: access the Law Library’s directory of over 300 law-related research databases.

More Databases: access the University Libraries’ databases directory.

Law & Government Websites: a handy collection of links to selected websites for legal research.

Library Catalogs: MNCAT, WorldCat and other law library catalogs.

Research Instruction

Legal Research and Writing Course
Students enrolled in the 1L Legal Writing Course receive legal research instruction from the reference librarians.  Reference librarians also coordinate instruction sessions provided by our school’s Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and Westlaw representatives.

Practice-Ready Legal Research
This seminar is usually offered in the fall and spring semesters.

International and Foreign Legal Research in Practice
This seminar is taught by Loren Turner and is offered in the spring semester.

Law Library Brown Bag Research Session Series
The lunch hour programs offered in this series cover a variety of topics from basic refreshers on case law and statutory research, to more advanced or specialized areas of legal research such as legislative history and administrative law.

CALI Lessons (registration required, contact Reference Office for authorization code to register)
CALI offers over 1,000 interactive, online tutorials written by law faculty and geared to law students. A substantial collection of lessons covering a wide range of legal research topics is included. Lessons are completely free for our law students, however registration is required. Contatct the Reference Office for the authorization code, required to register.  

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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