Borrowing from GMU Libraries:
Books may be checked-out in person at the law library’s Circulation Desk located on the first floor or by sending a request to your library liaison. You may also borrow materials from the other Mason campus libraries by sending a request to your liaison.
Borrowing from Outside Libraries:
Materials not available in the law library may be obtained from libraries outside GMU through interlibrary loan. Please send your interlibrary loan requests to your library liaison.
There is a book return box outside of the faculty lounge. Please feel free to drop off your books to be returned to the law library including interlibrary loans or books from Fenwick Library. The box is kept locked so the books will be secure. Staff will check the contents twice a day. If you have lots of books to return, please call the Circulation Desk at 703-993-8120.
The law library subscribes to most BNA online publications. To access the BNA databases, go to http://www.law.gmu.edu/library/guides/bna_db and click on a title link. You will also see a link to sign-up to receive e-mail highlights. Please note that if you are off-campus, you will be prompted to sign in through the library's proxy server once you click on one of the BNA titles. Alternatively, you can use the special BNA ID and password that have been assigned to the law library. Please contact your liaison for the most current login information.
The law library is a member of CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) which provides students with free access to over 1100 interactive, computer-based tutorials available in 40 different legal subject areas. For more information, go to http://cali.org. In order to set-up a new account, students and faculty must enter the law school’s authorization code. Faculty can obtain the code by emailing Melanie Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your library liaison.
Class Syllabi - Posting on the Web:
The University requires that all course syllabi be placed on the web. Please email your syllabi and other course information to Melanie Knapp (email@example.com) at least a week before the first day of classes.
Current Index to Legal Periodicals:
Faculty members may sign-up for a customized weekly e-mail edition of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) published by the University of Washington Law Library. This index provides current indexing of articles from major law reviews and journals. The customized version (SmartCILP) lets you choose to receive a table of contents from individual law reviews and/or items based on selected subject areas. To set up a customized profile, go to http://depts.washington.edu/scilp/scilp3.cgi. Please contact your library liaison for the authorization code and if you need print copies of articles from CILP.
Legal Research Databases:
The law library subscribes to LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool), Westlaw (http://lawschool.westlaw.com), and Bloomberg Law (http://www.bloomberglaw.com). For questions about your passwords, contact Melanie Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your library liaison.
Library Catalog & Other Databases:
The law library shares an online library catalog with the University Libraries, as well as access to thousands of electronic journals, research indexes and full-text databases. In addition to Lexis and Westlaw, the law library subscribes to a number of services including Bloomberg BNA, HeinOnline, LLMC Digital Collection, ProQuest Congressional, ProQuest Legislative Insight, U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978, Making of Modern Law, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, Practicing Law Institute, and Thomson Reuters Checkpoint. For a complete list of databases and electronic journals, see http://www.law.gmu.edu/library/catalog. Note: If you are off-campus, be sure to access the library databases through the law library’s website so that you will be routed through the University Libraries’ proxy server. You will be prompted to enter your Mason email login ID and password.
New Book Orders:
Faculty members are encouraged to recommend material for the collection. Please email or send your recommendations to your library liaison.
News for the Website or Social Media:
If you have been in the news or know of other law school-related news stories that would be a good fit for the law school's website or social media accounts, please contact Deborah Keene (email@example.com).
The library staff will provide photocopies of cases, articles, and other library materials upon request. Please contact your library liaison for assistance.
The law library’s reference staff is available to assist faculty with locating print materials or providing assistance in the use of all electronic resources. Reference librarians may also assist with research needs, such as compiling subject bibliographies. For more in-depth research projects, reference librarians can train faculty members’ research assistants on the use of library resources and can help RAs develop research strategies. Please call 703-993-8076 for general reference assistance or contact your library liaison.
To place materials on Reserve, please contact your library liaison for assistance. For complete information on reserve guidelines and copyright requirements, see http://www.law.gmu.edu/library/services/reserve.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN):
The law school publishes two SSRN Research Papers series: Legal Studies and Law & Economics. To post a research paper on SSRN, contact Melanie Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, the library subscribes to a number of specialized research networks in selected areas of the social sciences. Faculty may sign up to receive electronic journals from SSRN. To subscribe, contact Melanie Knapp (email@example.com).
Many faculty use TWEN (The West Education Network) for posting course material and communicating with students. For more information, contact Melanie Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The law school's Technology Services unit provides support for all computer hardware and software. Call 703-993-4855 for help or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Classroom AV Support:
Most of the Law School’s classrooms have built-in computers, projectors, DVD players and sound equipment for use with your classes. This equipment is supported by the University’s AV staff (DoIT). For problems with the equipment, contact DoIT at 703-993-8226. For more specialized assistance including video recording, contact Carlos Sandoval (firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-993-8261).
Computer & Software Purchases:
Each faculty member is provided with a Faculty Research Account that can be used for purchasing personal computers, peripherals, or specialized software. For price quotes or to make a purchase, please contact Deborah Keene (email@example.com).
Each faculty member has an Office 365 email account with 50GB of space provided by the University. Mason email may be accessed on the web at http://office365.gmu.edu or by using a client like Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. For more information, contact Law Support at 703-993-4855.
The law school provides faculty with the option to allow their students to take essay exams on a personal laptop using the software program ExamSoft. For more information, contact Deborah Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Hupalo (email@example.com).
Law School Listservs:
Faculty will be automatically subscribed to the law school’s listservs. For questions about the listservs, please contact Deborah Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Network Login and File Server:
The law school uses a Windows file server for desktop login and file storage. Access to the file server is also available from home using a VPN and a remote desktop client. All faculty and staff have access to the university's VPN by going to vpn.gmu.edu and logging in with your Mason email credentials. You will be prompted to download the Cisco AnyConnect mobile client. For assistance, contact Law Support at 703-993-4855.
The University provides faculty and staff with a free license to use Microsoft Office Professional, as well as certain statistical packages like SPSS and SAS, on Mason-owned laptops and home computers. In addition, the law library has a site license for home use of WordPerfect Office X3. Please contact Law Support to obtain copies of this software. The University also offers a free copy of Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus which can be used on home computers. To download, see https://typhon.gmu.edu/antivirus.
The University provides an automatic spam filter for all users on the Mason email system. To raise or lower the spam settings or view your spam, go to https://antispam.gmu.edu and login using your Mason email userid and password.
If you would like to update your CV or biographical information on the law school’s website, please contact Donny Truong (email@example.com). For assistance with creating a personal website, please contact the library’s Web Services Developer Donny Truong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University provides a wireless network (Mason Secure) in most areas of the building. You login your Mason email userid and password. For help with configuring your laptop, please contact Technology Services, 703-993-4855.
Ellen Feldman, Head of Administrative and Access
Room 242, 703-993-8103; email@example.com
Deborah Keene, Associate Dean for the Library and
Room 243, 703-993-8110; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Knapp, Head of Reference and
Room 139, 703-993-8111; email@example.com
Esther Koblenz, Part-Time Reference Librarian
Room 140, 703-993-8604; firstname.lastname@example.org
Leighton, Research Services Specialist
Room 111, 703-993-8238; email@example.com
Cynthia Myers, Head of Collection Development and
Room 241, 703-993-8592; firstname.lastname@example.org
Endia Sowers Paige, Reference and Outreach Services Librarian
Room 141, 703-993-8126; email@example.com
Law School Technology Services
Jose Coradin, Director, Room 362, 703-993-4855; firstname.lastname@example.org
Law School Web Services
Donny Truong, Web Services Developer, Room 240, 703-993- 8180; email@example.com
Classroom AV Support - General
DoIt, 703-993-8226; firstname.lastname@example.org (general equipment troubleshooting)
Classroom AV Support - Advanced
Carlos Sandoval, Technology and Classroom Services Specialist (advanced support and video recording); Room 362, 703-993-8261; email@example.com
Room 141, 703-993-8076