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Reference Services

For University of Minnesota Law Students

We're Here to Help

Your reference librarians welcome the opportunity to assist you with your 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, Chat Reference Service, Email:  law-ref@umn.edu

The Law Library's reference librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly by telephone or email if you would like to arrange an individual consultation for assistance from a specific librarian.

» Suzanne Thorpe 625-0187 s-thor@umn.edu » Michael Hannon 625-0173 mhannon@umn.edu
» Vicente Garces 624-2597 garce003@umn.edu »  Ellen Qualey 625-0793 equaley@umn.edu
» Mary Rumsey 625-2905 rumse006@umn.edu


Research Instruction

 

  • Legal 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, LexisNexis and Westlaw representatives.

     

  • Advanced Legal Research Seminar
    This seminar is usually offered in the fall and spring semesters.

     

  • Foreign & International Legal Research Seminar
    This seminar is taught by Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian, Mary Rumsey.

     

  • 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 (https://www.bloomberglaw.com/lawschool/index.html) (Registration Required)
    Erica Horton is our Bloomberg Law Representative (phone: 212-617-6136, email:  ehorton4@bloomberg.net).
    Training Sessions: specialized and refresher training sessions are provided throughout each semester, individual training is also available.  Logon to Bloomberg Law for information or contact Erica Horton.  
    Student Representatives:  Erica hires several law students to assist fellow students in using Bloomberg Law.  Logon to Bloomberg Law and click on the "Contact Representatives" link to reach a Bloomberg Law Student Representative.

     

  • LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/) (Registration Required)
    Sarah Bigler is our LexisNexis Representative (phone: 651-216-3780, email:  sarah.bigler@lexisnexis.com).
    Training Sessions: specialized and refresher training sessions are provided throughout each semester, individual training is also available. Logon to LexisNexis for information or contact Sarah Bigler.
    Student Representatives:  Sarah hires several law students to assist fellow students in using LexisNexis. Logon to LexisNexis for information on contact a LexisNexis Student Representative.

     

  • Westlaw (lawschool.westlaw.com) (Registration Required)
    Laura Nelimark is our Westlaw Representative (phone: 612-272-9168, email: laura.nelimark@thomsonreuters.com).
    Training Sessions: specialized and refreshers training sessions are provided throughout each semester, individual training is also available.  Logon to lawschool.westlaw.com or contact Laura Nelimark.
    Student Representatives:  Laura hires several law students to assist fellow students with using Westlaw. Logon on to lawschool.westlaw.com to contact a Westlaw student representative.

     

  • 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.