The Westminster Law Library has a wide variety of resources and services available to assist you with your law school career and beyond. Please review this page for more information on the basic library services and policies.
Accessing the Library
Students are welcome into the Law Library during open hours. The entrance to the law library is located on the second floor of the Law Building.
Study rooms in the Law Library are reserved only for Sturm College of Law students, faculty, and staff. Groups who are not affiliated with the Sturm College of Law may not use these rooms.
The Law Library contains five study rooms (330U, 330T, 330S, 330R, 330Q) that are located along the north side of the 3rd floor, including four 4-person study rooms and one 10-person room. Students may reserve a study room in the Law Library or throughout the law school using the reservation system. Before making a reservation, please review the Study Room Guidelines that govern the usage of all study rooms in the Sturm College of Law, including those located in the Law Library.
Some DU Law Professors make a selection of their past exams available for download. DU Law Students can access past exams using their Pioneer Number and Password.
In addition to the resources available in the Westminster Law Library, the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) provides tutoring and study aids to students for both doctrinal classes and the bar examination. It is located in Room 457 of the law school.
The Westminster Law Library maintains a collection of popular study aids for doctrinal law school courses. The study aid collection is located on the 2nd floor of the law library facing the common study area. These materials are available for check out for 24 hour renewable periods. Electronic copies may also be accessed via the LexisNexis Digital Library.
Additional tips and resources for law school examinations can be found in our Final Exams Guide.
The library maintains a permanent core collection of reserve materials behind the circulation desk at Westminster. Additional materials are placed in this area each semester as requested by law faculty for courses. If you are unable to locate material you think should be on reserve, please check with a circulation staff member. Course Reserves can be located using the Course Reserve Search in our discovery platform.
Generally, reserve materials marked Library Use Only or Non-Circulating must be used within the library. Reserve materials may be borrowed for two hours.
Overdue Reserve Items
Law students who have overdue reserve material will receive an email and/or phone call from library staff requesting the immediate return of the material. All other borrowing is suspended until overdue reserve materials are returned.
How to Search for Course Reserves
To find course reserves:
- Go to the library discovery system
- Click on Course Reserves
- Enter Professor's name into the search field
The Westminster Law Library is committed to helping students excel in legal research.
Ways to get research
In addition to your Westlaw and Lexis accounts, the Westminster Law Library maintains subscriptions to over 500 other databases and journals. These materials can be accessed electronically using your DU Student ID and password. See our A-Z list of databases for a description of each resource.
How to Make an Appointment
The reference librarians at Westminster Law Library are happy to help you in your research. Whether you have a brief question or would like individual consultations or training, you can reach us via chat, phone, email, or in-person at the reference desk.
Research Guides & Tutorials
The librarians at Westminster Law Library have prepared research guides for how to locate, evaluate, and utilize resources for specific legal subjects. Research Guides are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Our reference librarians are happy to provide individual or group training sessions if there is a particular resource, tool, or research subject area for which you would like specific instruction. To schedule training contact one of our reference librarians.
Certificate in Legal Research
The Certificate in Legal Research (CLR) program, taught by the librarians here at the Sturm College of Law, provides students with the research skills necessary for success in class, internships, externships, summer associate positions, or for your first position as a new attorney. The certificates are a great resume builder and topic of discussion during the interview process.
Classes are open to any DU Law student interested in improving research and practice-oriented skills. Topics cover a wide range of areas and provide an excellent grounding as you begin to combine the knowledge gained in school with the actual practice of law. Students are free to attend as few or as many classes as desired and are under no obligation to complete the requirements for a certificate.
More information on requirements and specific classes can be found in our CLR Guide.
The Westminster Law Library provides a series of sessions on typical research projects and skills needed for summer placements. The Bootcamp consists of six sessions taught over two weeks, typically in June. Registration is free for current law students. For more information about the Summer Research Bootcamp, please contact Madeline Cohen at email@example.com.
Using the Library
The Law Library is open to students, faculty, and staff of the College of Law. All patrons must comply with Library policies.
Printing at the Law School is provided by Wēpa, a third-party vendor. Wēpa provides cloud-based campus-wide student printing. Services include:
- Printing from your laptop, a library computer, or a USB drive
- Printing from your cloud-based storage (Google Drive, Box, DropBox, Office 365, or OneDrive)
- Upload and print through the Wēpa website and mobile app.
For instructions on how to use the Wēpa printers, please visit the Wēpa Public Printers page.
The Wēpa printers, including the color printer, are located on the second floor next to the elevator. On the third floor of the library, the printers are located in the copy rooms in the northeast corner of the library. If you have questions regarding the printers, please visit the circulation desk.
Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows patrons to borrow resources from other libraries. For more information see our Interlibrary Loan guide. If you need any assistance, please contact the Law Library Interlibrary Loan Department at 303.871.6386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.