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Welcome! Law Library Basics for New Students


We want to welcome all of the incoming 1Ls, LLMs, and transfer students to the Charlotte School of Law Library. We are always happy to answer questions whether at the Reference Desk, Circulation Desk, or roaming the halls of the law school, but we thought we’d take a moment to address some of the most popular ones around this time of year.

What are the hours?

The library’s space will be open 7am-11pm on Monday-Friday and 8am-11pm on Saturday and Sunday. The reference desk is staffed 9am-6pm on Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm on Friday, and 12pm-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The circulation desk is staffed 8am-10pm on Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 12pm-9pm on Sunday.

Where can I print?

Law students may print 800 pages per academic semester on any of the Law School printers free of charge. If a student exceeds the 800 print quota at any time he/she will need to add additional funds before being able to print more pages. Students can add additional funds to their print cards through the finance department.

You can print to the Law School printers from your personal laptop, click here for further details and and instructions.

LexisNexis printing is free if you send your print job to the LexisNexis printer. The LexisNexis printer is located in the computer lab on the eighth floor.

Where can I scan or make photocopies?

There are several computer labs with printing and copying abilities throughout the law school. There is a copy room with three printer/copy machines on the fourth floor of the library. There is also a printer/copier on the fifth floor of the library, right in front of the reference desk. There is no cost to scan and email a document. Scanned copies that are printed counts towards your printing quota.

When will I get my Westlaw and Lexis passwords?

We will distribute LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords to 1Ls at the new student orientation next Friday, August 15th.  If you are not at the orientation to get your passwords please stop by the reference desk on the fifth floor

How do I check books out? 

When you get your student ID there will be a barcode printed on the back. You use this barcode to check-out any library materials. You also use this barcode to access any of CSL’s electronic databases while off campus.

How do I know what’s on reserve for my classes? 

The Library maintains a list of books on reserve for Law School classes both electronically and in print at the Circulation Desk.

Have other questions?

We’re sure you do. Stop by the Reference Desk, send us and email or give us a call at (704)971-8574.

~Minerva Mims~


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Top Tool for Appellate Advocacy Class: West CiteAdvisor


Taking Appellate Advocacy this semester?  You will definitely want to check out West CiteAdvisor available to our 2L and 3L students as part of our Charlotte Law Westlaw subscription.


What does CiteAdvisor do?

West CiteAdvisor identifies citations in your legal document and suggests the correct citation format if necessary.  CiteAdvisor follows Bluebook format, ALWD Citation Manual format, or state or local rules.  CiteAdvisor will also insert a table of authorities (TOA) in your document.  Access CiteAdvisor at citeadvisor.westlaw.com.

Check out the Quick Reference Guide or if you have more time check out the User Guide.

Tips for using CiteAdvisor:

  • Use the Server Version.
  • Only open it on one computer at a time.  If you are logged in at home, you will not be able to access it at school.  This is very different from Westlaw.
  • It only accepts .doc at the moment, not .docx but that is subject to change.
  • Keep a safe copy of your brief just in case you want to undo anything.
  • Create custom settings!  Choose your source and your type of document and other settings and SAVE your settings.
  • Note:  CiteAdvisor defaults to the West version of statutes NOT the official version so make sure to choose official statutes!


Questions?  Contact any reference librarian or come see us on the 12th floor!

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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Summer Access to Westlaw


Wondering if you can use Westlaw this summer?

Password extension for acceptable uses is available at www.lawschool.westlaw.com.

Find the button above on the Westlaw landing page (see bottom right of page) and click GO.  Follow the instructions on the Password Extension page.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Susan Lucas, Reference Librarian, at mlucas@charlottelaw.edu.

Happy researching!


Questions about LexisNexis summer access?

Check out our earlier blog here.

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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West Study Aids: Remedies

How do I find them?

Just log into your Westlaw account and find the red button for STUDY in the middle of the homepage. Browse all subjects to the next page to find the three items available about Remedies.

What study guides are available?

Weaver and Kelly’s Black Letter Outline on Remedies

This text provides a concise summary of equity laws including equity and equitable remedies, enforcement of equitable decrees, injunctions, restitution, declaratory judgments, and damages. It discusses the historical perspective on equity, contempt rules, and forms of loss as they relate to damages.

Written by Russell L. Weaver and Michael B. Kelly.

Published October 31, 2005.

Gilbert Law Summaries:  Remedies, 11th

The topics covered in this outline include damages, equitable remedies (including injunctions and specific performance), restitution, injuries to tangible property interests, and injuries to business and commercial interests (including business torts, inducing breach of contract, patent infringement, unfair competition, and trade defamation). Also discussed are injuries to personal dignity and related interests (including defamation, privacy, religious status, and civil and political rights), personal injury and death, fraud, duress, undue influence, unconscionable conduct, mistake, breach of contract, and unenforceable contracts, including statute of frauds, impossibility, lack of contractual capacity, and illegality.

Written by John A. Bauman, John H. Bauman, and Kenneth H. York

Published December 2003.

Remedies in a Nutshell

This Nutshell explains what remedies are and their history. It examines the basic rules for legal and equitable remedies, injunctions, damages, restitution, rescission, reformation, and specific performance. In addition, it explains how remedies are used for injuries to realty, personal property and money, personal interests, misrepresentation, mistake, duress, and breach of contract. It also addresses restitution for unenforceable contracts.

Written by William Murray Tabb

Published January 1, 2005

How much do they cost?

Charlotte School of Law has purchased a subscription to these study aids on remedies as well as other course study aids. There is no cost to anyone at Charlotte Law with access to Westlaw. While Remedies in a Nutshell is available in course reserves in the library (if not checked out), the Gilbert Law Summaries: Remedies and Weaver and Kelly’s Black Letter Outlines on Remedies are not in the library’s collection. So here are some new resources. Purchasing just these three titles on Amazon would cost close to $120. Definitely, these study guides are a good deal for students wanting study aids on Remedies.

~ Betty Thomas ~

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UPDATED: Summer Access to Lexis Advance & More

Have you heard the news?

Lexis Advance will be available all summer for students engaged in the following pursuits:

•          Summer course preparation and assignments

•          Research associated with Moot Court, Law Review, or Law Journal

•          Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship

•          Service as a paid or unpaid research assistant to a professor

•          An internship, externship or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement

•          Study for the bar exam

•          Research skill improvement for educational purposes

Students do not have to do anything extra to “register” for summer access besides just registering their Lexis Advance ID like many have already done.  If you need any help in registering, stop by the Reference Desk in the Library or contact our Lexis Representative, Carmela Orsini at carmela.orsini@lexisnexis.com or 678-646-8721.  See the Policy on Use of LexisNexis Law School Educational IDs for more information.

UPDATE: Students may also register for Lexis.com (Lexis Classic) for summer access for the same academic reasons as Advance.

Here’s the full policy:

Full Access to Lexis Advance™ this Summer for Academic Purposes
We are happy to announce that you will have full access to Lexis Advance™ to complete your research this summer. You simply need to be registered for Lexis Advance and use it for educational purposes only.

Registering for Summer Access

Guidelines for Summer Access
You may use your Lexis Advance ID from June 1 – August 1, 2012 for academic purposes** which include, but are not limited to:

  • Summer course preparation and assignments
  • Research associated with Moot Court, Law Review, or Law Journal
  • Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
  • Service as a paid or unpaid research assistant to a professor
  • An internship, externship or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
  • Study for the bar exam
  • Research skill improvement

Register for Summer Access to lexis.com®
If you require access to lexis.com for educational purposes this summer, you must complete the lexis.com registration form. This form will grant you full access to lexis.com from June 1, 2012 – August 1, 2012.

Rewards and Support throughout the Summer
Continue your research throughout the summer with your Lexis Advance ID – and earn LexisNexis Rewards points. In June and July, complete the monthly Spotlight YouTube video and quiz and you will earn 200 points for each.

Your school’s LexisNexis Account Executive is available to you during the summer for training and support. Feel free to contact him or her early to let them know your summer research goals.

You also have access to 24/7 customer support for help with Lexis Advance, summer access or research questions at 1-800-45-LEXIS (53947).

*Students and graduates (including December 2011 graduates) engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work may apply for access to Cases, Codes, Law Reviews, Shepard’s, and Matthew Bender treatises on lexis.com through the ASPIRE 2012 program, which will be available in early April. Verifying documentation is required. Exclusions apply.

**“Academic purposes” do not include research conducted for a law firm, corporation, or other entity (other than a professor or law school) that is paying you to conduct research, or that is passing along the cost of research you conduct to a third party. These are deemed “commercial purposes.” LexisNexis is committed to ensuring that its educational IDs are used by authorized users for legitimate purposes. To ensure that the highest standards of consumer privacy and data security are met, LexisNexis regularly monitors search activity and reviews usage patterns. There can be consequences when inappropriate searches are performed.


Need summer access to Westlaw?   Go to Westlaw Password Extension for more information.

Come see us in the Library if you have any questions or concerns!

~Mary Susan Lucas~

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Prisoner Sues Over WestLaw

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What is better, print or electronic??  The debate between print and electronic resources continues to wage in libraries across the country, but now an unlikely stakeholder is weighing in.

Dwayne Harris has been incarcerated in a Ohio state prison, serving a sentence for rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated assault since 1989.  The prison library replaced the print copies of law books with an electronic subscription to WestLaw and upon doing so upset Harris.  Now, Dwayne Harris has filed a lawsuit against the prison and is asking for $80,000 in compensatory damages and up to $200,000 in punitive damages because in Harris’ opinion this shift from print to electronic  has violated his constitutional right to a law library.

Prisoners do, in fact, have a right to a law library or legal assistance ever since Bounds v. Smith in 1977, but the question is whether the resources in this Ohio state prison law library are adequate.  Although the library that Harris uses contains some books, 7 computers with WestLaw, and assistance from law librarians, he alleges that this is not enough.  In Harris’ complaint he states that the prison is missing 14 vitally important books from the American Association of Law Libraries minimum collection, that he is computer illiterate, and that 7 computers are not enough for all the prisoners to conduct legal research on.

As you can see, many people are weighing in on the debate between print  and electronic resources.  What do you think?

~ Brian Trippodo~

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1L? There’s a LibGuide for That…

With the new semester just days away and our 1L orientation well underway, Charlotte Law classrooms are filled again and the school is bustling with excitement.  It seems like a fantastic time to point a finger at one of our newest LibGuides, Commonly Used 1L Resources.

This LibGuide is filled to the brim with tips, tricks and a variety of print and electronic resources hand selected by Charlotte Law students to help you survive your first year in law school.

Here you’ll find not only online materials specifically targeted to your 1L needs and books available through our library, but how-to-guides, tutorials, quick reference cards, specialized research guides and so much more

Westlaw, TWEN, LexisNexis and CALI questions?  We’ve got you covered.  There’s even a collection of amusing law school videos to peruse when the stress quotient ratchets up too high and the sweet release of laughter is needed.  Check out this gem from George Washington University’s Law Review below…

So to all of our new students – enjoy the beginning of your semester, and be sure in the coming years to capitalize on all of the support the library can offer you on your journey!

~Ashley Moye~

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