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Westlaw and Lexis access

Research using LEXIS or LEXIS Advance and WESTLAW or WestlawNext while signed in with your law student login is limited to research directly connected to educational activities. Contact Blake Wilson with any further questions.

CALI (Computer–Assisted Legal Instruction)

Web-based tutorials on a variety of legal subjects. Currently there are over 950 lessons in over 35 law school subjects in CALI's library of lessons. The lessons are free for KU Law students and faculty. Please contact the lawref@ku.edu Wheat Law Library reference desk for the password.

Legal Databases

Licensed electronic databases for all KU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet (unless otherwise noted). Off-campus database connections may require a login.

SJD Student Resources

Guidance as you move through the process of obtaining your S.J.D. from the KU School of Law. There is useful information for prospective, current, and graduating students throughout this guide. Links are provided to help you obtain more detailed information and connect you to the university's many student support services.

Bar Exam Resource Guide

This guide provides useful resources for Law School graduates taking the Bar Exam

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in any libraries on the KU campus can be obtained through this service.

Library Policies Pertaining to Students

Loan Policy: A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out. Items that can be checked out include Reserve items which are loaned for four hours and some books on floors 3-5 which can be checked out for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. Most materials in the Library can be checked out for one semester to study carrels within the Law Library. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. The charge is eight cents per page for black & white or forty-eight cents for color when using your KU ID. Students are allocated 100 pages of free printing by the University at the beginning of each semester. Once that has been used, you will need to add more funds to your KU card. Report any printing problems (poor quality, jammed paper, etc.) to the Circulation Desk.

Lost and Found: Items found in the library are kept at the Circulation Desk.

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. Snacks and beverages may be consumed away from library collections, computers, and equipment. Please dispose of all trash in appropriate containers. Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Reshelving Books: Please reshelve the books you use whenever possible for everyone's convenience.

Library Liaisons (PDF)

Each faculty member has a Library Liaison that she or he is assigned to assist with general library services, reference queries and research needs. Faculty members can send research assistants directly to their Liaison. They should receive updates from the Liaison concerning pending research projects or inquiries.

Legal Databases

Licensed electronic databases for all KU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet. Off-campus database connections may require a login.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in any libraries on the KU campus can be obtained through this service.

Copyright/Fair Use Information in the Classroom

Guidelines on using articles, videos, images, chapters, etc. as class materials.

Westlaw and Lexis access

Research on LEXIS or LEXIS Advance and WESTLAW or WestlawNext using the educational identification number provided to you is limited to research directly connected to educational activities. Contact Blake Wilson if you need a refresher or you have any further questions.

KU Law School Faculty publications on KU Scholarworks

KU Law School Faculty publications on SSRN

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Library Policies Pertaining to Faculty
Library Policies for KU Law alumni

Loan Policy: A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out. Items that can be checked out include Reserve items which are loaned for four hours and some books on floors 3-5 which can be checked out for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

KU Law alumni may contact the Interlibrary Loan department via email or phone (785-864-9264) and request copies of scanned materials (articles, statutes, etc.) at no charge. The copies will be emailed.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. The charge is eight cents per page for black & white or forty-eight cents for color if using your KU ID. If you do not have a current KU ID you will need to purchase a visitor login at the Circulation Desk.

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. Snacks and beverages may be consumed away from library collections, computers, and equipment. Please dispose of all trash in appropriate containers. Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Reshelving Books: Please reshelve the books you use whenever possible for everyone's convenience.

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Westlaw Public Access

A public version of Westlaw can be accessed at the public computers in the Reference Area

Research & Study Guides
Library Policies for the Public

Loan Policy: A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out but anyone desiring to use law books and other legal materials may do so in the Law Library. Items that can be checked out include some books on floors 3-5 which are loaned for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. The charge is eight cents per page for black & white or forty-eight cents for color when using a KU ID. If you do not have a valid KU ID you will need to purchase a visitor login at the Circulation Desk.

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. Snacks and beverages may be consumed away from library collections, computers, and equipment. Please dispose of all trash in appropriate containers. Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Reshelving Books: Please reshelve the books you use whenever possible for everyone's convenience.

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Westlaw Public Access

A public version of Westlaw can be accessed at the public computers in the Reference Area

Research & Study Guides
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The One-University Open Access Fund at The University of Kansas

What IS Open Access?  See the online guide .

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Circulation Desk
(785) 864-3026

Reference Question
lawref@ku.edu
(785) 864-3026

Joyce McCray Pearson, Director
jpearson@ku.edu

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