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  • Howard University
  • School of Law







  • 2929 Van Ness Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20008
  • 202.806.8045
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Databases
Legal and non-legal information databases. More non-legal databases accessible through the Howard University Libraries Databases.

BNA
  • Bloomberg BNA Resources
  • Search BNA legal, regulatory, economic, and international information online.
  • Sign up for e-mail updates on case law and legal news by topic.
  • Campus access from networked computers.
  • Remote access with BNA username and password.

CALI
  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • Access with CALI username and password.
  • Non-profit consortium of mostly U.S. law schools that publishes web-based tutorials on a variety of legal subjects.

CCH
  • CCH Database (IntelliConnent - Wolters Kluwer Law & Business)
  • No password needed. On Campus Access only.
  • CCH provides access to Law and Business resources such as news, banking, and tax legislation.

Congressional Publications
  • Congressional Publications
  • Campus access from networked computers Remote access with LexisNexis username and password.
  • Retrieve congressional materials and legislative histories by searching abstracts, titles, indexing information, and other bibliographic data.

DOAJ
  • DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

FoundersFounders' Library Databases
  • Access Howard University Library databases and resources using your Law Campus log-in credentials.
  • To access the Library’s databases, under resources, click where it says research databases.

Archives Unbound
  • GALE - Archives Unbound
  • Password Access to GALE - Archives Unbound is: howard.

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)
  • Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.
  • The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government,

HeinOnline
  • Campus access from networked computers Remote access with HeinOnline username and password.
  • Full text law journals in their original page-image (PDF) format. Also includes Treaties and Agreements, Federal Legislative History, U.S. Statutes at Large, Federal Register, U.S. Supreme Court and Phillip C. Jessup Library.

IIAPP
  • Searchable database of investment treaty cases up to May 2010.
  • Open access to research on investment arbitration.

Leadership Directories
  • Leadership Directories online allows you to conduct searches for contact and biographical data for thousands of individuals in leadership roles from organizations, associations, companies, nonprofits, medium-sized to large law firms, the government, the judiciary, etc.

LexisNexis
  • Access with LexisNexis username and password.
  • Comprehensive legal database.
  • The law librarians schedule mandatory training sessions in January for all first year students.
  • Lexis offers certification training on cases, statutes and secondary sources. Certification is also a component of the Howard Law Journal and Advanced Legal Research classes. Certification is highly regarded by potential employers.

ODS
  • The Official Document System (ODS) is an online database of UN documents that was first launched in 1993 and updated in 2016. ODS has full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiaries, as well as administrative issuances and other documents.

PACER
  • PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)
  • Librarians can search PACER to access U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide.

Shepard's, via LexisNexis Universe
  • Campus access from networked computers Remote access with LexisNexis username and password.
  • Retrieve prior and subsequent case history, and all citing references.

Statistical Insight
  • Statistical Insight
  • Campus access from networked computers Remote access with LexisNexis username and password.
  • Search and sort statistical data by geographic, demographic, and economic fields.

Supreme Court Database
  • Definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2014 terms.

THOMAS
  • THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress.
  • The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public.

UNBISNET
  • United Nations Bibliographic Information System
  • Catalogue of United Nations (UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva.

UN Treaty Collection
  • This online database provides the most detailed information on the status of over 560 major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as of 1 June 2014) and covers a range of subject matter such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Commodities, Refugees, the Environment and the Law of the Sea.

TWEN
  • Link to Access with Westlaw username and password.
  • Comprehensive legal database.
  • Westlaw offers certification training on cases, statutes, and secondary sources. Certification is also a component of the Howard Law Journal and Advanced Legal Research classes. Certification is highly regarded by potential employers.

WorldCat
  • Link to Access with Westlaw username and password.
  • Collections and services of over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
HU Law School Past Exams
  • Exams are kept on a TWEN site named Howard Law School Past Exams.
  • Exams are organized by course title, professor, and date.
  • Exam selection is the decision of the faculty member teaching the course. To inquire about the availability of past exams that are not included, contact the professor directly.
  • Professors retain all intellectual property rights to their written exams.
  • Only Howard University School of Law students, faculty, and staff have access to these exams.
  • Past exam collection questions should be directed to Richard Akers, Public Services Technician, at 202.806.8206.
Bar Exam Research
For information on bar exam certification, loan information, and mentoring please see information provided by the Office of Student Affairs at Bar Exam Resources.

Commercial Bar Review Study Courses

Multistate Examinations

Recent State Bar Exam Databank

State Bar Exam Application Information
AlabamaMaineOregon
AlaskaMarylandPennsylvania
ArizonaMassachusettsPuerto Rico
ArkansasMichiganRhode Island
CaliforniaMinnesotaSouth Carolina
ColoradoMississippiSouth Dakota
ConnecticutMontanaTennessee
DelawareNebraskaTexas
DCNevadaUtah
FloridaNew HampshireVermont
GeorgiaNew JerseyVirginia
Hawaii New MexicoWashington
IdahoNew YorkWest Virginia
IndianaNorth CarolinaWisconsin
IowaNorth DakotaWyoming
KansasOhio 
LouisianaOklahoma 
Research Guides
These guides provide specialized subject, collection, and bar information. Submit your suggestions for additional topics to Reference at 202.806.8208.

  • There are multiple steps for applying to practice in any jurisdiction.
  • You will not be qualified to sit for the bar exam unless all requirements of the bar admission process have been met.

  • An area of law unfamiliar to you.
  • Primary persuasive authority by jurisdiction.
  • Researching an undeveloped area of law.
  • Your initial case law search retrieved no authority or too much authority.

  • Manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials.
  • Interviews of alumni, former deans and faculty, and civil rights activists.
  • Materials relating to civil rights litigation and legislation.
  • Howard University School of Law history.
Hours
All circulation transactions, including returning study room keys and reserve materials, must be completed 15 minutes prior to the library closing.
Please call 202.806.8045 to confirm library hours of service before traveling to campus.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Sunday, August 7, 2016
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
The library is closed on the following federal holidays
Labor Day
Monday, September 5, 2016
Columbus Day
Monday, October 10, 2016
The Law Library is open from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Columbus Day.
Veterans Day
Friday, November 11, 2016
The Law Library is open from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Veterans Day.
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
New Year's Day
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Washington’s Birthday
Monday, February 20, 2017
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017
Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Study Rooms
  • There are 5 individual and 7 group study rooms for use by current Howard Law students only.
  • Group study rooms must be used by at least 2 students.
  • Rooms are available for up to 4 hours daily; first by reservation, then on a first come, first served basis.
  • No student room reservations will be made over the phone.
  • Individual students or groups must sign up for study rooms in person at the Circulation Desk.
  • Reservations will be held for 15 minutes, after which the room will be released to the next waiting student.
  • Reservations can be made up to 1 day in advance.
  • Only 1 reservation, up to 4 hours per day may be made.
  • If multiple reservations are made, all will be deleted.
  • Students will need their valid Capstone ID to check out a study room key.
  • Please note: a $5.00 per hour fine will accrue for late keys.
Services
Circulation Desk
  • Located at the entrance to the library on the first floor.
  • Circulation employees can help you with borrowing, study rooms, photocopiers, and printers.
  • The Circulation Desk is staffed all the hours that the library is open.
  • All transactions for borrowing and returning materials take place at the Circulation Desk.
  • Any Circulation transactions not completed by closing will be credited to the next business day and fines may accrue.

Reference Desk
  • Located on the second floor, at the top of the main staircase.
  • Please check posted hours for Reference Desk coverage.

Access
  • Howard law students must be registered in the library's Circulation system to check out materials.
  • Registration requires name, address, phone, Capstone ID number, e-mail address, and a signed acknowledgement that you are responsible for all materials checked out in your name.
  • To register for borrowing privileges, students must have a validated Capstone ID.
  • Students must make sure that their IDs are validated each semester, and that they update their library patron registration each semester.

Borrowing
The Howard University Law Library is the research library of the Howard University School of Law. As such, the majority of the collection does not circulate. In general, only single volume monographs, reserve, and A/V items circulate. Items that are part of a series or multi-volume set, or that are supplemented with pocket parts, looseleaf pages, or bound supplements, may not be checked out.

Visitors may not check out materials, but may use them within the library. Our staff is happy to assist with searching our online catalog and locating materials on the shelves.

Interlibrary Loan Office
The Law Library maintains formal agreements with libraries worldwide to share materials with, or provide photocopies to, other libraries. This service is available to Howard Law School students, faculty and staff only.
  • Located in room 210
  • Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Requests are processed Monday - Friday, except holidays.
  • Photocopies are delivered within 3 working days.
  • Books are delivered within 10 working days.
  • Delivery can take significantly longer, depending on the availability of the materials and the response time of lending libraries.
Materials not loaned
  • An entire volume of a journal, periodical, reporter, code or digest.
  • Rare books; loose-leaf volumes; volumes from a multi-volume set, or reference material.

Reserve
The reserve collection is located in the Reserve Reading Room adjacent to Circulation. The reserve collection includes textbooks for first-year courses, hornbooks, nutshells, legal dictionaries, and selected local materials. Course reserve materials requested by faculty are located behind the Circulation Desk, and are searchable in the library's catalog, WRLC, by course or professor's name.

Reserve materials may be used inside the Reserve Room or they may be checked out by students and faculty for 3 hours and used within the library. Reserve materials not returned promptly are subject to a $1.00/hour fine.

A photocopier is located in the Reserve Reading Room for your convenience.

Orientation
Your Library Orientation Tour will include information on:
  • Circulation--student registration and borrowing privileges
  • Reserves and Course Reserves
  • Photocopiers, printers, scanner
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Study Rooms--online reservations and key check-out
  • Reference assistance
  • IT--email password account activation
  • Your Law Library swag bag

Special Collections and Archives
The Archives' goal is to acquire, and make available for public use, manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials that document the history of the law in general and that of the Howard University School of Law in particular. Specifically, the Archives collect materials relating to civil rights litigation and legislation.

In addition to its paper-based collections, the Archives has an active oral history program, and houses a growing digital collection of interviews of alumni, former deans and faculty, and civil rights activists.

The Archives is open Monday - Friday by appointment only. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call Seth Kronemer at 202.806.8304.

Photocopiers
The photocopiers in the library are located in the Reserve reading room and in Rooms 2-C and 3-C on the second and third floors. Copy cards are available from the dispenser in the Reserve room at a cost of $1.00, to which funds must be added. Copies are $0.15 each. Please be aware that the photocopy machines only accept copy cards, not coins or bills.

Printers
There are three networked printers in the Law Library: two in the main Computer Lab (LL102), and one in room 313. These are part of the Law School's network resources and are managed by the IT Department. Please direct any concerns regarding printer performance problems to Frank King at 202.806.8030.

Lost and Found
Lost and found items are centralized for the law school campus in the Office of Student Affairs on the 2nd floor of Houston Hall. Items found in the library are sent to Student Affairs, with the exception of textbooks. These are held in the reserve reading room.

Security
Library security officers are on duty twenty-four hours every day. The officers check identification for everyone who enters the library. They patrol the library, as well. To gain access to the library, Howard law students, faculty and staff must show the officer on duty their Capstone ID card. Students, faculty or staff who cannot present a Capstone ID upon entering the library must show another current photo ID and sign in at the security desk.

All visitors must present a current photo ID and also sign in at the security desk. Security is responsible for stopping library patrons when the security gate alarms sound as they enter or exit. If the gate alarms do trigger, the patron's packages are subject to search.

Tours
The Law Library staff is pleased to welcome all visitors. We offer individual or group tours of our building and collections for visitors of all ages. Tours can also be designed to meet any special interests, or focused on unique resources such as our Archives, which houses unique materials spanning the Civil War through Civil Rights eras.

To make arrangements for a tour, please contact Eileen Santos at 202.806.8301. Please submit your request at least 1 week in advance for a group tour, and please note that no tours are given during the Law School exam period.

U.S. Government Depository
The Law Library of Howard University School of Law was designated a U.S. Federal Depository Library in April 1998. The Law Library is committed to providing free public access to Government information for our primary patrons and for all public patrons. As a selective depository, the Library receives approximately 7% of all government documents available through this program. In accordance with the mission of the law library, most depository selections cover a broad range of law-related materials in many formats.

Please note that public patrons are allowed in-house use of the collection only. Patrons may request assistance in using government depository resources from any librarian staffing the reference desk.
Staff
Administration
202.806.8047
Rhea Ballard-Thrower, J.D., M.I.L.S.
Law Library Director / Associate Professor
202.806.8047
rballard@law.howard.edu
Eileen Santos, M.L.S.
Associate Director / Research Instructor
202.806.8301
esantos@law.howard.edu
Mary Lovely
Executive Assistant
202.806.8047
libraryadmin@law.howard.edu
Archives & Special Collections
202.884.8304
Seth Kronemer
Archivist
202.806.8304
smkronemer@law.howard.edu
Facilities
202.806.8224
Jerome Roberson
Facilities Manager
202.806.8224
jroberson@law.howard.edu
Public Services
202.806.8301
Eileen Santos, M.L.S.
Associate Director / Research Instructor
202.806.8301
esantos@law.howard.edu
Richard Akers
Public Services Technician / Computer Lab Manager
202.806.8206
rakers@law.howard.edu
Victoria L. Capatosto, M.S.L.I.S.
Reference Librarian / Research Instructor
202.806.8175
victoria.capatosto@law.howard.edu
Gutema Gaga
Evening Circulation Supervisor
202.806.8046
ggaga@law.howard.edu
Zachary Knatt
Public and Technical Services Technician
202.806.8203
zknatt@law.howard.edu
Technical Services
202.884.1536
Kwei Hung, B.L.
Acquisitions Librarian
202.806.8051
khung@law.howard.edu
Hakim Muhammad
Acquisitions Technician
202.806.8118
hmuhammad@law.howard.edu
Chiquita Ramsey-Roach
Serials Assistant
202.806.8118
csroach@law.howard.edu
Web Coordinators
Eileen Santos, M.L.S.
Content Editor
202.806.8301
esantos@law.howard.edu
Sean Varner, M.I.L.S.
Directions
  • 2929 Van Ness Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20008
  • 202.806.8045
Metrorail Travel
The Metro Station for the Howard University School of Law is Van Ness/UDC, which is on the Red Line. Take the Red Line to the Van Ness/UDC station. Follow the exit to the right hand side onto Connecticut Avenue. At ground level, turn around and proceed across Veazey street. Turn left at the next street, which is Van Ness. Follow Van Ness to the end of the street. The Howard University Law School is at the end of the street. The Law Library is the building at the top of the rise, on the left.

Driving from Reagan National Airport
Follow signs to Washington. Take I-395 North/US-1 North. Follow signs to US-1 North. US-1 becomes 14th Street, NW. Go up 14th Street and turn left on K Street. Get in the right lane and go about 4 blocks to Connecticut Avenue. Turn right on Connecticut Avenue. Turn right on Van Ness Street. Howard University School of Law is at the end of the street.

Driving from the south: refer to I-395 directions above

Driving from Dulles International Airport
Take the Toll Road to 66 east. Once on 66 east take 495 north/east (towards Baltimore). Once on 495 east, take the Connecticut Avenue exit (Exit 31). Turn right and go south on Connecticut Avenue for about three miles. Turn left on Van Ness Street. Howard University School of Law is at the end of the street.

Driving from Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Take I-95 south to I-495 west. Once on I-495 west, take I-495 to Connecticut Avenue (Exit 31). Turn left and go south on Connecticut Avenue for about 3 miles. Turn left on Van Ness Street. Howard University School of Law is at the end of the street.

Driving from the north: refer to I-495 directions above

Parking
Directly behind the Law School is a large parking lot. Parking is by permit only. Therefore, it is recommended that you take the Metro to the Law Library.
About
Welcome
Welcome to the Howard University School of Law Library. We provide access to and maintain a collection of information resources that support law school programs, legal research, and the needs of all library users. The Law Library selects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to all of its resources as a way to assist those in their pursuit of justice.

The Law Library has a collection of approximately 225,000 volumes and is open 105 hours per week. Seven librarians and seven staff members provide excellent service for those who need legal research assistance. Our building is a 76,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. With wireless access throughout, as well as oak tables equipped with data jacks and electrical outlets, computers for accessing the online catalog on each floor and a 52 seat computer training room, the Law Library is on the cutting edge of technology. Of course, the Law Library also has print resources. On the fourth floor is the Special Collections area, which houses the papers of such civil rights giants as Charles Hamilton Houston, Spottswood Robinson, and Phineas Indritz (a prominent Washington lawyer who helped desegregate the D.C. bar).

So, whether you visit the Law Library in person or via the Internet, we welcome the opportunity to assist you.

rhea
Rhea Ballard-Thrower, J.D., M.I.L.S.
Law Library Director / Associate Professor
rballard@law.howard.edu
202.806.8047


Mission
The Mission of the Howard University Law Library is to provide a quality, complete collection of legal materials for the Howard University School of Law faculty and students. Recognizing that the legal system extends beyond the Howard University School of Law community, the Law Library also provides access to legal materials for the practicing attorney, as well as people of all races, creeds, and colors.

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Collection
As repositories of knowledge and as places to learn, libraries are central to a university’s mission. In May 2001, Howard University School of Law Library moved into its state-of-the-art facility. The four-story, 76,000 sq. ft. building provides space for a book collection of up to 215,000 volumes; can seat more than 295 students (more than 70 percent of the student population), including 90 open carrels; enlarged microfilm and audio-visual facilities; three distinctive rooms of wood and brick for special collections, newspaper and periodical reading, and a rare book collection.

facility
Facility
The library is organized around the second floor, triple-height Reading Room, which has wireless access to the Internet and faces the new courtyard and Holy Cross Hall to the south. The tall windows of this 4,000 sq. ft. space give views onto the landscaped courtyard and celebrate the display of readers and books to the campus. Table and lounge seating for 80 students is provided in this great room, as well as the 2,000 volume reference collection.

The book collection and individual student carrels are distributed equally on the second, third, and fourth floors that open directly to the Reading Room. A wood-paneled lobby on the first floor connects the building entrances from the courtyard to the south and the parking areas to the north, and functionally separates the Law Library from the Smart classroom and student computer lab.

Framing the interior entrance to the library are display cases that inform visitors about the law faculty and the library. The west wing of the library provides a total of five private study rooms and six group study rooms that serve from two to eight students each and are on the second and third floors. Crowning the west wing and surrounded by a roof terrace is the Special Collections Rare Book Reading Room.
Alumni
As members of the Howard Law family, we welcome the opportunity to assist you. Our mission is to provide a quality, complete collection of legal materials. The Law Library has a collection of approximately 670,000 volumes and is open 105 hours per week. Our building is a 76,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility with wireless access throughout.

Our librarians and staff members provide excellent service for those who need legal research assistance. On the fourth floor is the Special Collections area, which houses the papers of such civil rights giants as Charles Hamilton Houston, Spottswood Robinson, and Phineas Indritz. Whether you visit the Law Library in person or via the Internet, we welcome the opportunity to assist you.

Howard University School of Law Alumni may sign-up for an account to access all Law Library online databases and services.
  • Please create a password account for access to our electronic resources.
  • Your account will be active within 24 hours after submission of the form.

To access law databases
STEP 1: Navigate to https://secure.howard.edu/law.
STEP 2: Enter user name and password.
STEP 3: Click "Law Library Databases" link.