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Researching the Law in the United States for LLM Students

Resources for LLM students for research, the U.S. legal system, and studying at law school

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Law librarians and library staff are available to help you find your way around the library and its legal materials, provide research support, and assist you in locating materials that are not in our library. You can find the latest information about our hours and services on the library homepage. There are several ways to contact us:

Email us

In Person: The Borrowing Services Desk and Reference Office are on the main floor of the law library. Online and in-person appointments with the reference staff can be made from the library homepage

Call us:

Borrowing Services Desk: (650) 723-2477
Reference Desk: (650) 725-0800

Course Reserves, Past Exams & Study Aids

Course Reserves

Course reserves are resources that are required for courses and that are made available for short-term loans at the library. Course reserves are located on the second floor in the Teaming room. The large scanners next to course reserves can be used to scan the assigned pages of the material. For more information about course reserves and how to check them out, see the library's Course Reserves page.

Past Exams

Many professors post copies of past exams and answer keys to the library's Digital Reserves. The exams are organized by instructor and by course. Note that not all professors post exams and/or answer keys.

Study Aids

The library also has an extensive collection of study aids in the Eyles Aisle, which is on the second floor directly across from the elevators/restrooms. This aisle contains numerous study aids, including the Concise Hornbook Series, Nutshell Series, and Examples & Explanations. These resources can be checked out only for a short period of time; you can also use the scanners in the Teaming room to scan relevant pages. You can either browse the physical collection of study aids; or view the full list of available study aids before physically going into the library.


Additional Resources

The below resources may also be useful to you, though they don't fit precisely into any category. Please also reach out to the reference librarians ( with any questions about any of the resources on this guide, suggestions for additional resources, or questions about accessing any of these resources.