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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, Chat Reference Service, Email:  law-ref@umn.edu

Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly to arrange an individual consultation for research 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 »  Elvira Embser-Herbert 625-3409 embs0001@umn.edu
»  Kurt Meyer 624-5334 kameyer@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, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext representatives.


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


  • Foreign & International Legal Research 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 
    Jackie McCloud (jmccloud@bna.com)  is our Bloomberg Law Representative. 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 
    Laura Nelimark (laura.nelimark@thomsonreuters.com)  is our Westlaw Representative.  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.