1L Guide for Orientation

This guide is designed to assist first year students, and transfer students, navigate through the orientation process.

Library FAQ

1.   Where can I find copies of previous exams for my first-year classes?

Mabie Law Library’s website has general information on how to obtain exams and bar outlines from previous years. Also, Emery (SCU Gmail login required), the law school intranet, offers many full-text exams. If the exams that you need, are not on Emery, ask a librarian for assistance. We can help you find exams in the library’s print collection.

2.   Does the Law Library have a particular book that I need for a class assignment?

The University’s online catalog, OSCARshould be able to tell you if the law library has a particular title and if it is available for borrowing.  But you can always ask a reference librarian for help, too!

3.  Where can I get a professor's posting of course assignments?

Camino contains many of the faculty’s course documents, including syllabi, course readings, and assignments.

4.   How do I obtain a book that isn’t available at Santa Clara, but is included in other libraries’ collections?

You can search for the book on LINK+, a free service that supplies books to you that are not owned by our libraries. If you can’t find the book on LINK+, submit an interlibrary loan request.  Contact Research Services if you need help.

5.   How do I contact the reference staff if I need research assistance when I’m not in the library?

You can call the Research Services at (408) 554-4452 or you can e-mail us at lawref@scu.edu.  We are also available through chat or friend us as 'sculawlibarian' on Gmail for instant messaging.

6.   What are the library’s hours?

For the most up-to-date listing of library and reference desk hours, check our website.

Bloomberg, Lexis and Westlaw passwords

All first-year law students will receive passworded accounts to three major research databases: BloombergLaw, Lexis, and Westlaw.  

Training sessions will be offered over the fall and spring semesters by account representatives. There may also be student representatives who can handle questions and help you access customer or technical support.  Please be sure to bring your laptop and to be able to log onto the campus network.

Our BloombergLaw representative is Dan Gilbert.

Our Lexis representative is Courtney Gregor.

Our Westlaw representative is Marc Fong.

Heafey Law Library Research Team