Law Library Services & Facilities for UW School of Law Students

Updated May 11, 2015.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg.

The Law Library offers many services and facilities especially for students of the University of Washington School of Law. Many of these are described on the Library's letter for Admitted Students.

Entrance to the Gallagher Law Library

After-Hours Access

Swipe your Husky card through the card reader to the right of the Library doors on L1 to enter the Library when it is closed. Please swipe your Husky card one at a time to enter the Library after hours. At times when Gates Hall is closed, you will also need to use your Husky card in the main elevators to gain access to Floor L1. Swipe you card in the reader inside the elevator. To ensure the safety of your classmates, please do not let strangers follow you onto the elevator or into the Library after hours

Alumni Services

Our assistance to you doesn't end when you graduate!

If you will be in practice locally, you can register to check out books and use the Library computers as a public patron. You can continue to ask reference questions in person, by phone, or through the email reference service called Ask Us.

We even offer a book delivery service!

Visit the Alumni Services page for more information.


Book Stands & Standup Desks

You asked for books stands and standup desks to make your study time in the Law Library more comfortable and ergonomic and we have them.

sample book standstandup desk You can request either or both of these items at the Circulation Desk and check them out just as you would a book.

Career Assistance

The Library website has several guides on career planning and searching for jobs and fellowships. Some of them are:

These guides refer to books available in the Library, as well as websites and databases. A lot of practice advice is also included.

Many of the books are found in the call numbers KF297 - KF320. The latest editions of several titles are located in the Reference Area; many more books are located in the Classified Stacks.


Check Out Books

When the Library is closed, you can still check out books.

Look for the self checkout clipboard found on the counter of the Circulation Desk. Record:

  • the book's bar code (on the back of the book)
  • the book's title
  • your UW student number
  • your UW email address
  • the date you checked out the book

Note that books from Course Reserve, the Reference Area, and the Reference Office can't be borrowed using this self checkout procedure.


Eat, Drink & Be Responsible

You may enjoy beverages throughout the Library so long as they are in covered containers.

You may eat your lunch or a snack in several of the law student-only areas in the Library:

  • the Law Student Lounge on L1
  • the Group Study Rooms on L2
  • the Student Org Commons on L2

Please deposit recyclable material and trash in the appropriate receptacles.


Visit the UW Law Exams page to find exams from previous UW School of Law classes supplied by the professors. You will be prompted to login with your UW Net ID.

The list is arranged by faculty member and then by course. You can also find exams for a particular topic by chooseing the first name on the list and then using Ctrl-F to search for a word or phrase.

Please note that the Library posts all exams and sample answers that are provided by UW School of Law professors. Instructors are not required to supply exams, however.

The Gallagher guide on Law School exams includes links to exams from other US law schools that are available on the Internet and to books and other sources on taking law school exams.


FLS Slideshow

Library Resources, 2014 (PowerPoint Slideshow)


L2 Student Commons

The Student Commons space on L2 is administered by the Associate Dean for Students, Mary Hotchkiss. Please address concerns and questions about use of the space, requests for whiteboard markers and erasers, and other matters to her or to the Academic Services staff.


Legal Research Guides & Gallagher Blogs

The Reference librarians have prepared more than 125 guides to help you with legal research tasks. Many of the guides have been developed in conjunction with class presentations.

The Legal Research Guides page provides a keyword and topical list of the guides.

A link on the top navigation bar of the website also links to that page.

Gallagher Law Library website navigation

The goal of a legal research guide is to identify the most useful books, databases, and other sources for a researcher approaching a new topic. The guide is not exhaustive list of every book or resource available at the Gallagher Law Library. Consider a legal research guide as a starting place for your research and as a reminder when you have been away from a subject for a while.

Because we have so many legal research guides, keeping them up-to-date is a challenge! Remember that new editions of books might have become available since the last update and that website addresses may have changed. Guides are generally updated when a librarian is preparing to give a class presentation or as time permits.

Subscribe to Gallagher Blogs for timely research tips and news about new free and commercial sources.


Online Legal Research Services

The Law Library subscribes to several commercial services for the exclusive use of students, faculty, and staff of the UW School of Law. These services include:

  • Bloomberg Law
  • LexisNexis
  • Westlaw

You will receive information on establishing individual passwords for these services. For more information, see Access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.

You may also register for free access to lower-cost commercial services such as Casemaker and VersusLaw. See Low-Cost Legal Research Services on the Web for more information.

You also have access to more legal databases through the Legal Databases & Indexes page. In general, you do not need individual passwords or IDs to use these services, even when you are computing from home. You may be prompted to login with your UW Net ID to authenticate that you are a user who is entitled to remotely access particular databases.

Dozens of databases on other subjects are available to you via subscriptions maintained by the University of Washington Libraries. Browse the list of Article & Research Databases or review one of the many Subject Guides prepared by UW librarians.



The Student Bar Association solicited examples of class outlines for 1L courses in 2013. The outlines are available on the Law Library website. You will be prompted to login with your UW Net ID.

The Law Library also has many commercially prepared outlines in its collection. Search the Library catalog by "[subject] outlines" to identify and locate outlines on a particular subject. For example, "torts outlines" or "constitution outlines." You can sort the catalog search by "Date-Newest" to put the most recent editions at the top of the list. The latest editions are usually located in the Reference Area.


Learning how to conduct legal research can be challenging. The Law Library reference librarians are here to help!

Gallagher Law Library Ask Us

The Reference librarians are experts in identifying, finding, and using legal information.

You are invited to visit us in the Reference Office on Floor 1 when the Office is open (about 52 hours a week when classes are in session). You may also call us at 206/543-6794 and/or use the Ask Us link on the top of every webpage to submit a question by email.

We can help you decipher strange citations, learn how to use unfamiliar database, and discuss legal research sources and strategies.

We can also help you with questions about statistics, foreign and international law, nonlegal sources and materials from other academic disciplines, etc. If we don't know the answer, we can direct you to someone who can!


Research Appointments

Sometimes you may have difficult, complicated, or numerous research-related questions. We realize that stopping by the Reference Office or putting the questions in an email may not be convenient or easy.

We offer UW law students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a reference librarian at a time that fits into your schedule. Librarians have office hours where you can stop by their office with your in-depth research questions. Appointments outside of office hours are available by request.

Visit for reference librarian office hours and instructions on requesting an appointment.


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