Law Library Protocol
Law Library Responsibilities
In accordance with the Virginia Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules, Access Services employees may not:
- conduct legal research, including Shepardizing;
- answer a legal question;
- advise a patron regarding the best resources for research on a particular issue;
- advise a patron on proper legal citation form;
- advise a patron on the meaning of a legal term;
- advise a patron as to what the law is on a particular issue;
- provide advice on what the text of a law or legal opinion means;
- provide advice on legal procedure, court rules, or jurisdiction.
Lost & Found items may be claimed at Access Services. Each summer, the contents of the Law Library Lost & Found are transferred to the main University Lost & Found, which is housed in the Office of Student Services.
In the interest of preserving the safety of our patrons and the integrity of our collections, the Law Library reserves the right to inspect all bags, packages, wrappings and similar items of patrons entering and leaving the premises.
Law Student Responsibilities
The Law Library is a quiet environment in which users may pursue their research. Please refrain from using cell phones within the Law Library. Public pay phones are available in the Law School Commons on the left, past the student mailboxes.
In the public areas of the Law Library, drinks are permitted only in spill-proof containers. Food may not be consumed, except in the student lounge. No personal electrical appliances are may be used in the Law Library.
The Student Lounge is an authorized food area of the University. The Law Library provides cafe seating, a microwave and a coffee maker for the convenience of our students. Students are trusted to leave the lounge in the same, or better, condition as they found it.