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Reference Services

For University of Minnesota Law Students

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.

How to Contact Us

In person: office hours,  Phone:  612-625-4309, Email:  law-ref@umn.edu, Live Chat

Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly to arrange an individual consultation for research assistance from a specific librarian.

» Vicente Garces 624-2597 garce003@umn.edu » Loren Turner 625-2905 lturner@umn.edu
» Michael Hannon 625-0173 mhannon@umn.edu » Scott Uhl 625-0793 uhlx0003@umn.edu

» Scott Dewey 625-0187 shdewey@umn.edu

Research Instruction


  • Legal Research & Writing Course
    Students enrolled in the First Year 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 WestlawNext representatives.


  • Practice-Ready Legal Research Seminar


  • International & Foreign Legal Research in Practice Seminar
  • 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.


  • Bloomberg Law 
    Student Representatives can be reached by logging on to Bloomberg Law and clicking on the "Contact Representatives" link.

  • LexisNexis  
    Sarah Bigler (sarah.bigler@lexisnexis.com) is our LexisNexis Representative.  Student Representatives can be reached by logging on to LexisNexis.

  • Westlaw 
    Student Representives can be reached by logging on to Westlaw.


  • CALI - Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (www.cali.org) (Registration Required, see Reference Office for information)
    CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials provided by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (www.cali.org). There are over 625 lessons available to help you study 32 different legal subject areas at www.cali.org. Lessons are completely free for our law students. They are great for mastering material during the semester and for studying for exams.
    cali.org in order to access CALI lessons.