University of Wisconsin–Madison

About the Law Library

If you are new to the law library, or just need a refresher, here are some important things to know about our services:

  • Ask a Librarian! Law Librarians are ready to help with reference and research questions. Assistance is available at the desk (fifth floor), by phone (262-3394), by email (, or via Instant Messenger (AskUWLaw). For more information or to use any of these services, visit the UW Law Library's Ask a Librarian Web page.

  • A virtual tour of the Law Library is available on our Website.

  • The computer workstations on the fifth floor are available for quick research and access to law library materials. To keep them available for this purpose, please don't use them for e-mail, chat rooms, games, or recreational web-surfing. Law students may check their email in the computer labs on the second floor or at the DoIT kiosks in the Atrium.

  •  Mac or PC laptops can be connected to the Law School servers without cable or wires. Computer lab assistants can help you configure your machine. See also the Wireless Network Setup instructions for Windows.

  • Wired laptop access is also available by connecting to one of the library's network jacks. For more information, including maps of the library's networks jacks, see the Library's Network Connections for Laptops Web page.

  •  To find books, CD-Roms, videos, and other materials owned by the UW Madison Libraries, use the MadCat Library Catalog. Note: journal articles are not available in MadCat.

  • To find law-related articles, cases, codes and administrative regulations, check out the library's collection of Electronic Resources accessible via our Home Page.

  •  There are many great places to study in the law library, including the Grand Reading Room, the Quarles and Brady Reading Room (both located on the fifth floor), and the third floor, west wing, near the stacks. Law students can also reserve study rooms at the circulation desk. Floor maps of the library are available on our Web site.

  •  The library has a collection of books devoted to success at law school. Below is a list of the most recent material:

Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class.
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/283/N69/1999

Bridging the Gap between College and Law School : Strategies for Success
Location: Law Library KF/283/S77/ 2001

Educating Lawyers : Preparation for the Profession of Law.
Location: Law Library KF/272/E38/2007

Expert Learning for Law Students.
Location: Law Library KF/283/S39/2005

Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams.
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/283 F57/1999

How to Succeed in Law School
. 3rd ed.
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/283/M86/2001

The International Student's Survival Guide to Law School in the United States: Everything You Need to Succeed.
Location: Law Library KF/283/2003

An Introduction to Law, Law Study, and the Lawyer's Role. 2nd. ed.

Location: Law Library KF/272/M64/2004

The Language of Law school : Learning to "think like a lawyer."
 Location: Law Library KF/279/M4/2007

Law School Confidential: The Complete Law School Survival Guide: By Students, for Students.
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/283/M55/2000 (Revised 2004 edition available at College Library : KF/283/M55 2004)

Law School Labyrinth : A Guide to Making the Most of Your Legal Education.
Location: On order. Ask at reference desk for update.

Law School Survival Guide
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/285/L395/2003

Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success.
Location: Law Library Reserve KF/240/S53/2009

A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams.
Location: Law Library KF/283/D47 2001

Reading Like a Lawyer: Time -Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert
Location: Law Library KF/283/M398/2005

Succeeding in Law School
Location: Law Library KF/283/R36/2006

What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know : An Introduction to the Study of Law.

Location: KF/283/G46/2009

Submitted by Sunil Rao, on September 8, 2009

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