A primary mission of the law library is to support the scholarship and curricular needs of the law school faculty.
The librarians can gather and review materials for law faculty and provide summary research and bibliographic information. The librarians are also available for personal consultation regarding new resources, research projects and training research assistants.
Law faculty may request delivery of print and electronic items held by the library or acquired through interlibrary loan. The library will seek to deliver materials electronically unless a print copy is specifically required or requested.
Current Awareness Email Alerts
Faculty can receive current awareness information from a variety of subscription email alerts available through library resources. This Research Guide gathers information about services that provide email and online alerts.
The law librarians can conduct an instructional session during class on the use of specialized legal materials and research strategies. Students working on rigorous writing papers will learn effective and efficient research strategies using the online and print materials available through the law library. To request classroom instruction, tours and overviews of the library collections and services, or to refer students for individual research consultations, please contact the Reference Desk.
The law librarians create research guides that gather information on research strategies and subject-specific resources. Research Guides can be crafted for specific seminar courses or requested topics.
The law library places all required or recommended course materials on reserve at the circulation desk. Law faculty may request that other materials not appearing on their syllabus be placed on reserve for a specific class. To place items on reserve, please contact the Reference Desk and, if applicable, bring personal copies to the Reference Desk. Please allow for purchasing and processing time and do not announce to a class that an item is on reserve prior to bringing the request to the library. The law library will manage course reserves in compliance with copyright law.
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
The law library’s subscription to the CALI Library of Lessons encompasses over 600 lessons covering more than 30 legal education subject areas. Faculty can download lessons from CALI’s website, upon registering for a personal password. For assistance, please contact Joan Stringfellow at 817-212-3824.
Members of the law faculty may choose to deposit past examinations with the law library for archiving and providing examples for future students. Only current Texas A&M law students and faculty have access to the exam archive. To deposit your past exams, please complete this form and send it to Joan Stringfellow.
Librarians are available to provide orientation for new, continuing and adjunct faculty, including setting up accounts with Westlaw, Lexis, BoombergLaw and other research platforms that require individual accounts.
Using the Collection
Full-time law faculty may check out any item held by the law library with no limit on the number of items that may be checked out. Full-time law faculty may borrow items for one year from the date of initial check-out with one renewal allowed. Adjunct faculty may also check out any item held by the law library through the semester they teach.
Items that the law library does not own may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. If our library’s online catalog indicates we don’t have an item, please contact the Reference Desk to place an interlibrary loan request.
Wendy Law supervises the law library’s collection development and maintenance staff, overseeing all shelving, updating and loose-leaf filing tasks. She will contact faculty members as necessary regarding updating library material located in their offices.
Faculty members and their assistants may check out a copy card for photocopying class and research materials. The law library is also equipped with free scanners that will email documents to Texas A&M email addresses.
Managing Online Submissions
The Texas A&M University School of Law maintains an institutional account with ExpressO and Scholastica for full-time faculty members. When creating an account, use your @law.tamu.edu email address.
The law library promotes readership for scholarly works by assisting with deposits to online repositories including SSRN.
Rights Management for Authors
A number of resources are available to help negotiate publication agreements that preserve an author’s pre- and post-print rights to keep your work open and accessible. This Research Guide gathers resources on rights management and model publication agreements.