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AmLaw & Legal Research Guide for LLM's  

A guide to acquaint LLM students with American Law, library services and basic research tools
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction to American Law

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Fundamentals of American Law - Alan B. Morrison (Editor); William J. Brennan
Call Number: KF385 .F86 1996
ISBN: 0198764057
Publication Date: 1996-10-10

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Overview of United States Law - Ellen S. Podgor; John F. Cooper
Call Number: KF385 .P58 2009
ISBN: 9781422421444
Publication Date: 2009-01-01

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Introduction to the Law of the United States - David Scott Clark; Tugrul Ansay (Editor)
Call Number: KF385 .I58 2002
ISBN: 9041117016
Publication Date: 2001-12-01

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An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States - E. Allan Farnsworth; Steve Sheppard (Editor)
Call Number: KF387 .F3 2010
ISBN: 9780199733101
Publication Date: 2010-07-16

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International Lawyer's Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States - Deborah B. McGregor
Call Number: KF250 .M377 2008
ISBN: 9780735564770
Publication Date: 2008-06-26

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Legal English - Teresa Kissane Brostoff; Ann Sinsheimer
Call Number: K94 .H35 2015
ISBN: 9780199895458
Publication Date: 2013-05-17

Library's Databases

Most of the law-related databases listed below are available through the Law Library's website via the "Law School Databases" link below:

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If You Need Help...

There is an Information Desk on the third floor of the Law Library where an assigned Reference Librarian assists our students, faculty, and visitors during most hours the Law Library is open.  The Reference Librarian is available to help with specific research questions that do not require lengthy consultations, as well as advice on document retrieval, and minor technology issues. For more lengthy requests, including research guidance and individual tours, please ask to set up an appointment with a Research Librarian at LawResearchHelp@, or with Alfreda Russell.


Office Hours

Your Library Liaison, Alfreda Russell is available during the following office hours by appointment:

Mondays: 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.

                2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Wednesdays : 10 a.m.-11:00 a.m..


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Online Translators

Many online translators are available on the WWW, but these should be used with caution since web translators do not generally include specialized legal or commercial vocabulary.  Online translators, however, may be of some help in getting the general sense of a document or passage.  Examples of WWW translators are: 


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