LAW SCHOOL RESEARCH DATABASES
In addition to Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Law, Suffolk Law School students, faculty, alumni and staff can also access a long list of legal databases like: MCLE OnlinePass, HeinOnline, Law360, JSTOR, and more! Almost all of these databases can be accessed on- or off-campus by active students, staff, and faculty and on-campus by alumni. For a guide to free and cost-effective research databases, take a look at our Top Ten list.
LEGAL RESEARCH COURSES, WORKSHOPS, AND TRAININGS
The law library offers advanced legal research classes for students who want to hone their research skills and become practice-ready attorneys. These law school courses are typically 2 credits and designed to give students a hands-on learning experience. They are generally offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Recent legal research course offerings have included: Massachusetts Legal Research (a fully online class), Practice-Ready Legal Research (a hybrid class which includes three online-only sessions), and International and Comparative Legal Research.
Throughout the year, legal research librarians also offer advanced trainings, one-on-one refreshers, micro-trainings, and workshops for current Suffolk Law students. Check out our events page for more information or contact a librarian at the reference desk for assistance. Stop by any time between 10 – 6 Monday through Thursday or between 10 – 5 on Fridays. Call or email us: (617) 573-8516 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Research guides and treatises are a good way to begin your research when you are studying or writing a paper in an area of law that's new to you. Our subscription to the LexisNexis Digital Library gives you access to study aids like the Understanding series, and more. Our West Study Aids online collection includes hornbooks, Nutshells, and audio lectures through Sum and Substance! We encourage the use of CALI exercises in preparation for exams.
ICOMPETE WRITING: A COMPILATION OF LEGAL WRITING COMPETITIONS
See our Guide to Student Writing for Publication and Prizes for tips on writing and getting your work published. Entering your work in student writing competitions is one way to refine your legal writing and research skills. There are over a hundred competitions on many different topics, some of which offer substantial prize money. The Law Library and the Legal Writing Skills Program have put together a list of current competitions called iCompete Writing – this resource is arranged by topic so you can search for writing competitions in your areas of interest and also limit by deadline. This list of competitions is regularly updated and is a portal to dozens of competitions, with prizes up to $25,000.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN REQUESTS
If a book or article you need is not available at the Moakley or Sawyer Library, we can request it from another library through an interlibrary loan.
RESERVE A STUDY ROOM
Current Suffolk Law Students can use our online reservation system to sign up for a group study room.
BLUEBOOK GUIDE FOR LAW STUDENTS
If you need Bluebooking help, then our Bluebook Guide for Law Students is a great starting point.
Watch one of the law library’s short legal research videos.
RESOURCES FOR NEW STUDENTS
For an overview of law library resources and services that will help you succeed in law school, check out our Quick Tips Guide (this currently links to a very old one). Incoming law students can check out the Bibliography for Incoming Law Students – a basic guide for students who have asked for reading recommendations and want to learn more about law school and the legal process before they begin their official journey as law students.