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New Student Library Orientation: Legal Research

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.

Electronic Resources: Passwords

Instructions for activating Lexis and Westlaw passwords are emailed to your law school email addresses during Orientation.

If you are having problems with one of your passwords, contact the Law Library here.


Electronic Resources: Quick Links

For access information, hover your mouse over the icons following the database name.

Legal Research Competency

Legal Research is an essential part of practicing law and one of the seven student learning outcomes identified by the UNM School of Law to further it's mission. To become proficient in legal research requires continual practice. As 1Ls you will learn basic legal research skills in Elements of Legal Argumentation (ELA) and Introduction to Legal Research. You will further develop them as 2Ls in Applied Legal Research, and practice them in seminars, externships, and Clinic.

We look forward to seeing you in Intro to Legal Research in the Spring semester!

Legal Research Assistance

You have several options when seeking assistance with legal research:

Contact the Reference Desk. The Reference Desk is located at the entry to the Law Library. For immediate one-on-one assistance, stop by, contact the Library via our portal here, or call (505.277.0935) during regular business hours.

Schedule a Research Consultation. Whether you are working on a seminar paper or law journal note, preparing for your summer job, or having trouble keeping up with the course work, we will be happy to help you through individual consultations. To schedule a consultation, contact a Librarian via our portal here. We're happy to meet in person or via Zoom.

Consult an Online Research Guide. Our research guides pull together essential primary and secondary sources on a topic. Some even provide research advice, checklists, or step-by-step instructions.

Law Library Website

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

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