A primary mission of the law library is to support the scholarship and curricular needs of the law school faculty.

Research Services

Research Support
The librarians can gather and review materials for law faculty and provide summary research and bibliographic information. The librarians are also available for personal consultation regarding new resources, research projects and training research assistants.

Research Assistant Training
The librarians are happy to provide training to research assistants for their faculty projects. This training includes inter alia introducing them to the library’s electronic resources, interlibrary loan procedures, and strategies for efficient research. These sessions are generally tailored toward the specific resources and particular research methods relevant to your current projects.

To schedule research assistant training, please contact your library liaison.

Document Delivery
Law faculty may request delivery of print and electronic items held by the library or acquired through interlibrary loan. The library will seek to deliver materials electronically unless a print copy is specifically required or requested.

Current Awareness Email Alerts
Faculty can receive current awareness information from a variety of subscription email alerts available through library resources. This Research Guide gathers information about services that provide email and online alerts.

Teaching Resources

Classroom Instruction
The law librarians can conduct an instructional session during class on the use of specialized legal materials and research strategies. Students working on rigorous writing papers will learn effective and efficient research strategies using the online and print materials available through the law library. Contact your Reference Librarian Liaison or fill out the Library Service Request Form online to request classroom instruction, tours and overviews of the library collections and services, or to refer students for individual research consultations.

Research Guides
The law librarians create research guides that gather information on research strategies and subject-specific resources. Research Guides can be crafted for specific seminar courses or requested topics. Contact your Reference Librarian Liaison or fill out the Library Service Request Form online to request the creation of a research guide.

Course Reserves & Desk Copies
The law library places only required course materials for current Fort Worth on-campus courses on reserve at the circulation desk. Fort Worth resident law faculty may request that other materials, such as recommended books, be placed on reserve for a specific class. To place items on reserve, please contact the Reference Desk. If you have personal materials you would like placed on Reserve, please bring them to the Reference Desk. We ask that you please allow for purchasing and processing time. Please do not announce to a class that an item is on reserve prior to bringing the request to the library. The law library manages course reserves in compliance with copyright law. The bookstore can help faculty request examination or review copies directly from publishers. Our Desk Copy Guide has information and details.

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
The law library’s subscription to the CALI Library of Lessons encompasses over 600 lessons covering more than 30 legal education subject areas. Faculty can download lessons from CALI’s website, upon registering for a personal password. For assistance, please contact Joan Stringfellow.

Using the Collection

Electronic Resources & Training
Librarians are available to provide orientation for new, continuing, and adjunct faculty. For assistance setting up accounts with Westlaw, Lexis, and other research platforms that require individual accounts, please contact Joan Stringfellow.

Borrowing Privileges
Full-time law faculty may check out any item held by the law library. The maximum number of items full-time law faculty may have checked out at one time is 100. Full-time law faculty may borrow items for one year from the date of initial check-out with one renewal allowed. Fort Worth Resident Adjunct faculty may also check out any item held by the law library through the semester they teach. The maximum number of items Fort Worth Resident Adjunct faculty may have checked out at one time is 15. Our policies regarding circulation and more can be found in our Law Library Guide.

Interlibrary Loan
Items that the law library does not own may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. If ​our library’s online catalog indicates we don’t have an item, please use our ILL Request Form to request an interlibrary loan.

Collection Maintenance & Purchase Requests
Wendy Law supervises the law library’s collection development and maintenance staff, overseeing all shelving, updating and loose-leaf filing tasks. She will contact faculty members as necessary regarding updating library material located in their offices. Contact your Reference Librarian Liaison or fill out the Library Service Request Form online to request print or electronic materials be added to the library’s collection.

Scholarly Communications Resources

Law Review Article Submissions Through Scholastica
Texas A&M University School of Law faculty article submissions through Scholastica are paid for through an institutional account. Contact Pam Watson if you have any inquiries about or issues with your Scholastica account.

Bepress Institutional Repository & Expert Gallery
The law library supports Texas A&M Law Scholarship, our institutional repository that features Texas A&M University School of Law faculty scholarship, and the Texas A&M Law Faculty Expert Gallery, which showcases the research profiles and presentations of the law faculty.

Author Profiles & Impact Support
The law library aims to support law faculty with maintaining author profiles, collecting available impact data, and consulting with faculty on developing qualitative and quantitative measures of engagement with your work. See our Author Platform guide for more information about relevant author platforms for legal scholars, and see our Impact Metrics & Altmetrics Guide for more information about impact data resources.

Copyright & Rights Management for Authors
A number of resources are available to help negotiate publication agreements that preserve an author’s pre- and post-print rights to keep your work open and accessible. See our Copyright & Author Right’s Guide for resources on rights management and model publication agreements.