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American Law & Legal Research Guide for LLM's: Getting Started

A guide to acquaint LLM students with American Law, library services and basic research tools

Introduction to American Law

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

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Get Help

Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research questions

3rd Floor Law Library at Info Desk

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tel: (617) 373-3332

Online Translators

Many translators are available online, 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 internet translators are: