Welcome to the Fall Semester!

The Pepperdine Law Library welcomes new and returning students! As you settle into your classes, be sure to stop by and check out all the services we have to offer. These include:

  • Free coffee! (Bring your own mug, or purchase one for $5)
  • Study room reservations
  • Discount movie tickets
  • Course reserves
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games
  • Study aids (print & online)
  • Research help
  • An online exam archive

We also check out much more than just books! Continue reading

Welcome to Law School from the Reference Librarians!

Welcome to law school from the Law Library Reference Team! We look forward to seeing you in the Law Library. The Law Library is located on all three floors of the law school, with the main entrance located on the second floor.  The Reference Office, Public Services Desk, and Information Services (IS) support desk, along with most of the materials you will need as a first-year student, are located on the second floor.

We have a LawGuide that includes useful law school survival resources as well as tips for places to study and places to take a break from studying:

New Student Guide:  http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu/firstyearlawschool.

Some other LawGuides that you will find useful as first-year law students are:

  • Using the Law Library:  The Law Library provides services for circulation, technology support, reference assistance, and special events.  In this guide, you will find basic information on the Law Library’s policies and services: http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu/usethelibrary
  • How to Find Books and Articles: The classes you take at the Law School or at the Straus Institute are likely to involve writing a research paper or a similar assignment.  This guide is designed to help you find the books and articles you’ll need to complete your assignment: http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu/findingbooksandarticles
  • Directions and Maps:  This guide contains campus and library maps, and parking information:  http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu/directions

Best wishes for your Law School Career!

Welcome to the Fall Semester!

The Harnish Law Library welcomes new and returning students for the Fall 2013 semester. We are proud to provide a wide range of student services, from research help to free coffee! Whether you need to study or relax – or both – we are here to help.

The Law Library offers flexible hours during the semester to accommodate early birds, night owls, and weekend warriors alike. You can check out anything from course reserve materials to a Playstation from the Public Services desk. For a quiet place to study with a group, reserve a library study room using your Wavenet ID and password. When exams roll around, get a leg up by downloading previous exams from our online archive. Check out our helpful guide on Using the Law Library to learn more about all the student services we offer.

If you’re writing a paper or just want to know what all those books in the library are about, the reference librarians are here to help. We are on duty seven days a week during the semester; stop in during our regular hours to ask questions or just to chat! You can also send us questions via email, chat, and text through our new LawAnswers service. Our LawAnswers page includes a series of helpful research guides that the reference librarians have prepared on a number of topics. To further assist with your research, the Law Library subscribes to a number of online databases providing access to a wide variety of legal materials.

Need ideas for things to do when you go off-campus? We can help with that too! Take advantage of our discount movie tickets service and extensive DVD/Blu-ray collection, or check out a Kindle for some lighter reading fare.

The Law Library staff looks forward to meeting you. Best of luck during the coming semester!

Library Stacks Sessions-Learning Legal Research Using Books

Concerned that you will need to do legal research using books in your summer employment?  Curious about all those books in the law library?  The law library will be offering “Stacks Sessions” from March 25-April 11 where students will work through a written legal research exercise using print materials.  Each session is limited to no more than 10 students and will last from 45 minutes to an hour.  The sessions will be led by a reference librarian, who will review the various print sources and answer questions.  For session times and to sign up, please go to the Law Library Scheduler at: http://law.pepperdine.libcal.com.lib.pepperdine.edu/ and click on the Stacks Session that you would like to attend.   For more information, contact Don Buffaloe at donald.buffaloe@pepperdine.edu.

Bloomberg Law Now Available to Pepperdine Law Students

The Harnish Law Library is pleased to announce our acquisition of Bloomberg Law, an integrated online legal research platform now available to Pepperdine Law students, faculty, and staff. Along with state and federal primary and secondary legal materials, Bloomberg provides access to extensive business & financial news and information. Another notable feature is the ability to access federal dockets as an alternative to PACER, as well as many state and even some international dockets. Registered students have free summer use of Bloomberg no matter where you will be working.

To log into Bloomberg, you must first activate your account. Visit http://www.bloomberglaw.com.lib.pepperdine.edu/activate and fill in all of the fields, then click Submit. (You do not need an activation code.) You will shortly receive an email with a temporary password, and can begin researching right away by signing in at http://www.bloomberglaw.com. If you have any questions, please contact Bloomberg 24/7customer support at 888-560-BLAW (2529).

Digital Commons Law Network Offers Open-Access Law Review Articles

BE Press Digital Commons, a web-based institutional repository for academic scholarship, recently introduced the Digital Commons Law Network. This site culls together PDFs of over 10,000 law review articles from over 160 law schools, including Pepperdine, that are hosted on Digital Commons. The articles are entirely open-access – meaning that they are free to you! Users can browse articles by sub-disciplines ranging from Constitutional Law to Science and Technology, or by the popularity of particular articles or authors (based on a month’s downloads).

New LawGuide: Communications Law

The Law Library has just published a new Communications Law LawGuide. Communications law is a broad area covering such topics as media, the First Amendment, Internet regulation, and cable & television services. Materials featured in our LawGuide range from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and current awareness tools to  communications-specific law reviews and treatises. Read more