Legal Information Librarians are available to assist with research, online searching, questions about the collection, and locating sources not owned by Boston University. Students working on seminar papers, certification papers, or journal notes are welcome to make an appointment for a research consultation with a reference librarian. The librarians can help you develop a research strategy for a successful research paper experience. Please note: they cannot provide legal advice.
Contact during Reference Hours
Contact outside Reference Hours
Law Journal Members
Each journal has a liaison on the library staff. These liaisons coordinate training with the editorial staff, provide support to source gatherers and tech checkers, and provide continuity from year to year.
- American Journal of Law & Medicine – Jenna Fegreus
- Boston University International Law Journal – Amelia Landenberger
- Boston University Law Review – Stefanie Weigmann
- Journal of Science & Technology Law – Shira Megerman
- Public Interest Law Journal – Kate Cochrane
- Review of Banking & Financial Law – Brian Flaherty
The library has created a general source gathering guide as well as an international source gathering guide to help you locate basic categories of materials. We can also help you with borrowing materials for your journals, tracking down items not on the shelf and requesting materials from other libraries (called interlibrary loan or ILL). For journal specific information on ILL procedures see the general source gathering guide and select the tab for your journal.
We also offer administrative support, including subscription management, help with macros, and support for digital publishing. Please contact Emily Mann for more details.
Lexis+, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Support
Lexis+, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are commercial electronic services that contain extensive and growing databases of case law, statutes, regulations, law reviews, treatises and secondary resources, news, business information, and other legal and non-legal materials.
JD and LLM students receive Lexis+ and Westlaw instruction during their first year of law school. Bloomberg Law contains resources that are more useful in 2L and 3L years. Many opportunities are available for advanced and topical training for academic course work, journal activities, and to prepare students for summer and permanent employment. Ask a reference librarian for information about training opportunities or check the research training calendar.
All three services are accessed using personally assigned passwords. Information about how to register for these services will be sent to you from the library before the start of the year. If you have any issues, you can email Kate Cochrane (email@example.com) for assistance.
Use of these databases is restricted to current law students only. In addition, Lexis+ and Westlaw usage is strictly limited by contract to curriculum-related research. The systems may not be used either directly or indirectly for any client or entity not part of the law school educational program.
Research Assistants to Law Faculty
Every faculty member has a liaison on the library staff. This librarian will work with faculty RAs to help them develop a research plan or to point out specialized resources. You can also use Chat or the Ask Us button if you have a question during library hours. There are also research guides for specialized resources.
FAQs for Research Assistants
I am checking out material for a faculty member from another Charles River Campus library.
Borrow the book on your ID and then bring it to the circulation desk at the law library and we will reassign it to the faculty member.
I need material from the Medical Campus library.
While you must retrieve books on the Charles River Campus, you can request books from the Medical Campus like an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Bear in mind that some material is non-circulating. If that is the case, please contact circulation.
I need a book in the closed stacks.
If the book may be requested, a “request” option will appear in the catalog and you can request that the book be retrieved for you.
The item is not owned by BU (ILL).
If you do not find the material you need in the catalog you must search here and request the material. We will Interlibrary Loan (ILL) the material from another library. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your item is available.
The book I want is in use or my faculty member and I both need a copy.
If the book you need is checked out to someone else, you can recall it by using the Request button in the catalog. Recalls take approximately week. If both you and your faculty member need a copy, the library will work with you to obtain an additional copy. Please contact circulation or stop by the reference desk.
The resource is supposed to be on the shelf but is not.
If the resource is not on the shelf request the material on the catalog with a note that it is missing from the shelf. The law library staff will search for the material, and will be in touch with more information as soon as it is available.