Student Services

The librarians and staff of the UALR Law Library provide a wide range of services and facilities to support the study and research needs of our law students. We welcome student suggestions.

Summer Research Access

Find out more about using Bloomberg Law, LexisAdvance, and WestlawNext during the summer and as you prepare for the bar exam.

Reference Assistance

Reference librarians are available at the Reference Desk 68 hours a week when classes are in session. The reference librarians can answer questions and instruct you in the use of library resources. Librarians are very familiar with the types of questions in your Legal Research assignments, so please feel free to ask for assistance. Hours vary by semester. You may also call the Reference Desk at 501.324.9970.

Appointment with a Librarian

For in-depth questions, it may be helpful to make an appointment with a librarian. During your appointment, you can discuss your research project in detail.

Circulation

Circulating materials in the library include treatises, videos and audio materials. Students may check items out for two weeks and renew them for an additional two weeks. Library materials can be renewed in person or by phone. A library card, which can be obtained at the Circulation Desk, is required to check out materials, including faculty reserve items. Because we are a research library, some materials do not circulate. See the Circulation Policy for more information.

Copycards for the library copiers may be purchased at the Circulation Desk. Photocopiers are located on the first, second and fourth floors of the library.

Themis

Themis, the online catalog of the UALR/Pulaski County Law Library, contains information about virtually all the titles in the library’s collection. It is available on the Web or in the library at workstations on all four floors.

Electronic Resources

There are two computer labs in the law library. Both labs are available to all law students while the library is open. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library. Use your UALR account in the labs or to access the wireless network. Contact Computing Services (501.324.9995) for assistance.

Law students have unlimited access to Lexis and Westlaw for academic purposes. Access is by password only. Contact Melissa Serfass with password questions.

The library subscribes to several electronic databases and indexes. Databases are listed on the library website. Individual electronic titles are cataloged and may be accessed through Themis.

In-building access to electronic resources is available to all library users. Remote access to these resources is also available to students through the library website and Themis. Select a source from the list then enter your last name and your T number at the prompt.

CALI lessons, online tutorials covering almost 40 legal subjects, are available at the CALI website. You have to register for CALI access. If you have questions about registering for or using CALI lessons please contact Melissa Serfass.

Study Aids

The law library collection includes several popular study aids. These include the Black Letter Series, Understanding Series, Examples and Explanations, and Nutshells. There are also several titles available on CD and audio cassette . Books and audios can be checked out for two weeks. Find them through Themis or ask a reference librarian for assistance.

Leisure Reading and Movie Collections

The library has a collection of leisure reading materials on the “Good Reads” book shelf located on the first floor wall just past the Circulation Desk. This collection consists of recent legal fiction and an eclectic selection of non-fiction books.

The library’s movie collection can also be found in the same area of the first floor. If you need a break from studying please take a look at our selection of law related movies. These books and movies may be checked out for a two week period.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Library does not own a book or periodical, or if an item is otherwise unavailable, we can attempt to borrow it or have copied pages sent from another library upon your request via ILL. There are no borrowing charges incurred by Bowen students for ILL requests, provided the request is made for academic purposes. Please contact Professor Jeff Woodmansee to request an item. You may also place ILL requests directly through our website.

Because ILL books are borrowed from other libraries, it is important that you comply with the instructions provided on the front of the borrowed books. Please request renewals at least one week in advance of the due date so that we can make arrangements with the lending library. Whether a renewal is granted is at the discretion of the lending library.

Food and Drink Policy

Snack foods (but no meals, please) and drinks are allowed in all library areas except the computer labs and book stacks. Please clean up and report any spills to library staff immediately. Please “pack it in, pack it out,” disposing of all food and beverage refuse outside the library. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited in the library.