Steven Alexandre da Costa

Senior Legal Information Librarian


BA, University of Arizona
JD, University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate Diploma, Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne, Australia


Steven Alexandre da Costa joined the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries in December 2012. As the foreign and international law and senior legal information librarian, he teaches legal research and intermediate legal research certification classes to students in the First Year Writing and the American Law LLM programs. He also teaches International and Comparative Law and Administrative Law Research and liaises with the International Law Journal. Previously he was a Law Library Fellow at the Cracchiolo Law Library at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona from 2009 through 2011.

He has studied and clerked in Paris, France, and worked in Melbourne, Australia, for a large firm specializing in employment and labor law issues. His work experience also includes many years working as a union advocate and contract negotiator as well as extensive non-profit organizational work.

He is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries. In 2013, Steven was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 500 hours in six years to the US Fund for UNICEF.


1 credits

Many practice areas, from environmental law to immigration law, are heavily regulatory. Learn about the structure of administrative law research, from enabling statutes to agency adjudication, in this class. The class will focus on developing your understanding of the structure of administrative agencies and using the various sources of administrative law. You will learn what information is available from government sources and what specialty publishers bring to the table with an emphasis on being cost effective in the workplace. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using the major print, electronic and web based resources in administrative law. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. Meeting dates January 26 to March 2, 2017.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 763 A1 , Jan 26th to Mar 2nd 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 1 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW

2 credits

An important component of understanding international law is mastering all the diverse sources of this area of law. Students will learn to navigate the international system as well as the relevant primary sources of law. Student will learn research strategies and skills for locating treaties, decisions of international tribunals, documents of international organizations and other sources of state practice. Among the organizations the course will discuss the United Nations, the OAS, the EU and the WTO. In addition, students will be introduced to strategies for researching the law of foreign jurisdictions. Students will gain hands-on experience in answering legal research questions in the area of international and comparative law. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print, electronic, and web based resources for international law research. NOTE: This class satisfies the upper-class Professional Skills requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 748 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 748 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 2 Steven Alexandre da Costa
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