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New Student Library Orientation: Class Support

This guide is designed to help new students through the first few weeks at UNMSOL by introducing them to the Law Library's resources, services, and policies.

Course Reserves

Professors often put required textbooks as well as other course materials on course reserve. To see what materials a professor has placed on reserve, ask at the Circulation Desk or search the library catalog.

Course reserve items may be checked out for two hours or kept overnight if checked out within two hours of closing and returned within one hour after the Library opens the next morning. A valid UNM ID is all that is needed to check out course reserves.

Academic Support/Study Aids

Study aids are materials used by law students to better understand the cases and key concepts covered in their casebooks.

The print academic support collection is located in the bookcases across from the Reference Desk. It contains Nutshells, Examples and Explanations, and hornbooks. Academic support items may be checked out for two hours, but may be kept overnight if checked out within two hours of closing and returned within one hour after the Library opens the next morning.

First Year Glossary

When you enter law school you will encounter a new vocabulary.  This First Year Glossary is a quick and helpful guide to the jargon. Other advisable options include asking your professors (you are not the only one wondering what the word means!) or invest in Black's Law Dictionary. Black's can also be found online at https://thelawdictionary.org.

Law Library Website

Additional information about the Law Library is available on the UNM Law Library website.


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