Faculty members are encouraged to recommend titles for the collection. Please email or send your recommendations to your library liaison. The library also places orders for books (print only) for faculty who wish to make a purchase with their professional development account. Please send the order information to your 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 a large number of books to return, please call the Circulation Desk at 703-993-8120.
Borrowing from Mason 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 Mason through interlibrary loan. Please send your interlibrary loan requests to your library liaison.
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 John Scherrer (email@example.com).
Class Syllabi - Posting on the Web
The University requires that all course syllabi be placed on the web. Please email your syllabus to Rob Willey (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, or if you need print copies of articles from CILP.
The law school has an institutional account with ExpressO. ExpressO provides an easy 3-step submission process to over 700 general and specialty law reviews. You must create an account and login using your George Mason email address. All current full-time law faculty are on the approved list of users. If you have any questions about your account, please contact Rob Willey (email@example.com). Please note that although we don't have an institutional account for Scholastica, you can create an account and receive reimbursement for submissions from the law school.
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 Rob Willey (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 Law, HeinOnline, LLMC Digital Collection, ProQuest Congressional, ProQuest Legislative Insight, U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 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.
The library staff will provide photocopies or PDFs of 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, please email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many faculty use TWEN (The West Education Network) for posting course material and communicating with students. For more information, contact Rob Willey (email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Classroom Support staff. For problems with the equipment, contact University Classroom Support at 703-993-8226. For more specialized assistance, including support for Echo360 or WebEx, contact Carlos Sandoval (email@example.com; 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 office365.gmu.edu or by using a client like Outlook. 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 (email@example.com) or the Records Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Law School Listservs
Faculty will be automatically subscribed to the law school’s listservs. For questions about the listservs, please contact Deborah Keene (email@example.com).
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. The university has recently implemented additional security for the VPN. See Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for login information. 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. 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 GMU-owned 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.
For assistance with creating a personal website, please contact the library’s Director of Design & Web Services Donny Truong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University provides a wireless network (Mason Secure or eduroam) in most areas of the building. You login with your Mason email userid and password. For help with configuring your laptop, please contact Technology Services, 703-993-4855.
Research Services Specialist
Head of Collection Development and Technical Services
Reference and Outreach Services Librarian
Law School Technology Services
Room 362, 703-993-4855
Law School Web Services
Director of Design & Web Services
Classroom AV Support - General
University Classroom Support
email@example.com (general equipment troubleshooting)
Room 248, 703-993-8076