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Collection Policy: Scope of Law: U.S. Law By Subject

Current material is purchased in the following subjects at the levels indicated. Special consideration in collecting retrospectively is given to the AALS recommended titles.

Explanations of Collecting Levels:

In the following discussions of scope of coverage by subject and jurisdiction, the collection intensity levels used here are adapted from the RLG Conspectus and have been refined for the Boston University Law Library collections:

0. Out of Scope:

The library does not collect in this area.

1. Minimal level:

A subject area in which few selections are made beyond selected important works.

2. Basic Information Level:

A collection of current general materials that serve to introduce and define a subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. In addition to important works, it may include selected treatises and a few major periodicals. A basic information collection is not sufficiently intensive to support any law school courses or independent study in the subject area involved.

3. Instructional Support Level:

A collection that is adequate to support most graduate instruction, or sustained independent study; that is, adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of more important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, reference tools and fundamental bibliographical sources pertaining to the subject, and access to appropriate non-bibliographic databases. It includes as many multi-jurisdictional treatises on a subject as possible, selected student texts, looseleaf services of unduplicated coverage, and a wide selection of periodicals.

 4. Research Level:

A collection that supports journal students, seminar students, and most faculty research needs. It includes most multi-jurisdictional treatises, a wide selection of specialized monographs, representative looseleaf services and practitioner titles, an extensive collection of journals and major indexing and abstracting services, all important reference works, and a range of specialized databases. Older material is retained for historical research.

Level

Subject Area

3

Abortion Law

1

Accounting (Legal Aspects)

4

Administrative Law (including regulation)

3

Admiralty Law

1

Agricultural Law

2

Air Law (domestic air transportation, including deregulation)

3

Animal Rights

4

Antitrust

3

Arbitration

3

Art Law & Cultural Property

2

Assisted Suicide (Legal Aspects)

4

Asylum and Refugee Law (U.S.)

4

Banking Law


4
2

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
- theory and policy
- practice

4

Bioethics (Legal Aspects)


4
3
2

Biography
- judicial (U.S. Supreme Court)
- important federal and Massachusetts-connected persons
- general legal/historical/other states

2

Business Law

4

Business Organizations (corporations, agency, partnership)

 

Canon Law -- see Religious Law

3

Censorship (Legal Aspects)

3

Children's Rights

4

Church and State

4

Civil Procedure

4

Civil Rights

3

Climate Change/Global Warming (Legal Aspects)

3

Cloning (Legal Aspects)

4

Commercial Law - U.C.C.


4
3

Communications Law
- telecommunications law
- mass media (Legal Aspects)

3

Comparative Law (general)


4
4
4
4
4

Computer Law
- criminal aspects
- intellectual property
- Internet regulation
- privacy
- contractual aspects

4

Conflict of laws

4
4
3

Constitutional Law (excluding popular treatments)
- Federal and Massachusetts
- Other states

3

Consumer Protection

4

Contracts

 

Copyright Law -- see Intellectual Property

4

Corporate Crime (Legal Aspects)

4
3
3
1

Corporations
- finance (Legal Aspects)
- governance
- business aspects

1

Corrections


4
4
3
2

Courts (domestic) -- see also Federal Courts
- U.S. Supreme Court (analysis, history and biography)
- Massachusetts (analysis, history and biography)
- procedure
- other domestic courts

2

Criminal Justice (Non-Legal Aspects)

4

Criminal Law


4
3

Criminal Procedure
- constitutional (scholarly treatments)
- practice

1

Criminology


4
2

Damages - Remedies
- theory and policy
- practice

4

Death Penalty (Legal Aspects)

1

Diplomacy (Legal Aspects)

4

Disability Law

3

Dispute Resolution (excluding arbitration)

3

Domestic Violence Law

3

Drug Law


4

2

Economics -- see also Law and Economics
- scholarly treatises on subject areas of known faculty interest (e.g., antitrust, game theory)
- basic scholarly treatises & journals of a general nature

3

Education Law

2

Election Law

4

Employment Law -- see also Labor Law

2

Energy Law -- see also Nuclear Energy Law

3

Entertainment Law

3

Environmental Law -- see also Climate Change/Global Warming (Legal Aspects)

3

Environmental Justice (Legal Aspects)

2

Environmental Policy

3

Equity

2

Estate Planning -- see also Estates & Wills

3

Estates & Wills -- see also Estate Planning


4
3
2
2

Ethics
- legal
- medical (legal Aspects)
- business (legal Aspects)
- general philosophy

2

Euthanasia (Legal Aspects) -- see also Assisted Suicide (Legal Aspects)


4
3

Evidence
- theory and policy
- practice


4
3

Family Law
- theory and policy
- practice


4
3

Federal Courts -- see also Courts (domestic)
- theory and policy
- practice

4

Federal Government - Separation of Powers

4

Feminist Law

2

Feminist Theory (general)

4

Food and Drug Law

3

Foreign Investment (Legal Aspects)

2

Forensic Medicine and Psychology

3

Form Books (General)

Game Theory -- see Economics

4

Gender Discrimination (Legal Aspects)

2

Government Contracts

4

Health Law

2

Historic Preservation (Legal Aspects)

3

Holocaust (Legal Aspects)

3

Homeland Security (Legal Aspects)

4

Human Rights -- see also Civil Rights
- see also Children's Rights
- see also LGBT Rights (Legal Aspects)
- see also Indigenous Peoples (Legal Aspects)
- see also Women and the Law

3

Immigration and Emigration Law -- see also Asylum and Refugee law

3

Indigenous Peoples (Legal Aspects) -- see also Native American Law


3
2

Insurance Law
- theory and policy
- practice

4

Intellectual Property

1

International Relations (Legal Aspects)

4

International Trade Law

 

Islamic Law -- see Religious Law

 

Jewish Law -- see Religious Law

3

Judicial Administration

4

Jurisdiction - Conflicts of Laws

4

Jurisprudence - Philosophy of Law

2

Jury Instructions

2

Juvenile Law

3
2

Labor Law -- see also Employment Law
- collective bargaining (Legal Aspects)

2

Labor Relations

4

Law and Economics -- see also Economics

3

Law and Literature

4

Law and Philosophy

3

Law and Religion

3

Law and Technology (public policy & regulatory aspects)

3

Law of the Sea

1

Law Office Management

4

Legal Education

4

Legal Ethics - Professional Responsibility

4

Legal History - American

4

Legal Profession - Lawyering

4

Legal Research


4
4

Legal Theory
- critical legal studies
- critical race theory (legal analysis)

3

Legal Writing and Drafting


4
4
3

Legislation
- statutory construction
- separation of powers
- legislative drafting

4

LGBT Rights (Legal Aspects)

2

Law Librarianship

3

Litigation

3

Local Government - Municipal Law

3

Maritime Law

3

Medical Malpractice (Legal Aspects)

2

Military Law

1

Mining Law -- see also Natural Resources (Legal Aspects)

2

Monetary Policy (Legal Aspects)

2

Money Laundering (Legal Aspects)

3

Native American Law

2

Natural Resources (Legal Aspects)
-- see also Oil & Gas Law, Mining Law, Nuclear Energy Law

2

Nonprofit Organizations (Legal Aspects)

1

Nuclear Energy Law -- see also Energy Law

2

Occupational Health and Safety Law

1

Oil and Gas Law -- see also Natural Resources (Legal Aspects)

 

Patent Law -- see Intellectual Property

3

Political Philosophy (Legal Aspects)

3

Pornography (Legal Aspects)

3

Poverty Law

4

Privacy Law

3

Products Liability (Legal Aspects)

4

Race Discrimination (Legal Aspects)

3

Real Estate Law

4

Real Property Law

 

Refugee law -- see Asylum and Refugee Law


3
3
1
1

Religious Law
- Jewish
- Islamic
- Canon and Ecclesiastical Law
- Other

3

Retirements Benefits & Pensions (Legal Aspects)

4

Rule of Law

4

Securities Regulation

Sexual Orientation Law -- see LGBT Rights (Legal Aspects)

3

Social Policy (Legal Aspects)

3

Social Security Law

2

Social Security Reform

2

Space Law

2

Sports Law

 

Suicide -- see Assisted Suicide (Legal Aspects)

4

Supreme Court (analysis, biographies and history)

4

Takings (constitutional aspects)

 

4
3

2
3

Taxation
- Federal
--- theory and policy
--- practice
- Massachusetts
--- theory and policy
--- practice

3

Telecommunications Law

Terrorism -- see  Homeland Security (Legal Aspects)

2

Tobacco Litigation

4

Tort Law

4

Trade Law and Regulation

 

Trade Secrets Law -- see Intellectual Property

 

Trademark Law -- see Intellectual Property

3

Treaties - U.S. Practice

3

Trial Advocacy (emphasis on Massachusetts)


3
1

Trials
- analytical treatment
- popular treatment

3

Trusts

2

Victims’ Rights Law

4

Voting Rights

3

Water Law -- see also Natural Resources (Legal Aspects)

3

White Collar Crime (Legal Aspects)

4

Women and the Law

2

Workers' Compensation

3

Zoning and Land Use Planning (Legal Aspects)

 

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