Law Student Services

Ask a Law Librarian

Please feel free to contact any of our reference librarians with your research assistance questions. We are always happy to see you at the reference desk, but you may also want to stop by one of our offices, or call or email us.

Librarian Office Email Telephone
Sibyl Marshall Law Library 106 smarshal@utk.edu 865-974-5906
Nathan Preuss Law Library 105 npreuss@utk.edu 865-974-6736
Kris Tobin Law Library 104 ktobin3@utk.edu 865-974-4381

Audio-Visual Support

The library offers an assortment of audio-visual equipment for classroom use. Examples of some of the items available include LCD projectors, laptop computers, video cameras (analog and digital), digital cameras, televisions, DVD and VHS players, ELMO’s/document cameras, overhead projectors, and audio equipment. If you need to use audio-visual equipment for your classroom presentation, moot court team, etc., please contact Jeff Groah at  865-974-6731 (or jgroah@utk.edu) at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that the necessary arrangements can be made.
The library also offers a station for viewing DVD’s and other visual media. This station is in the Microfiche Room, which is accessed through the Reserve Reading Room. You may wish to check out headphones, which are kept on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

We may also be able to help set up equipment for video recording of mock negotiation sessions, client counseling, and so on. Please contact Jeff Groah at 865-974-6731 (or jgroah@utk.edu) to discuss how we can best meet your needs.

Bluebook Citations (Samples)

This PDF document contains sample Bluebook citations and explanations. You can also find quick examples on the inside front and rear covers of your Bluebook.  The inside front cover uses the format preferred in law review footnotes, and the inside rear cover uses the format preferred in court documents and legal memoranda.

CALI Lessons

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, offers over 600 interactive online lessons for law students, designed to supplement and enhance learning in almost every legal subject. You will need a password to access CALI lessons. Passwords are distributed via cards placed in student mailboxes at the beginning of each school year. If you have misplaced your card, you may contact any reference librarian to receive the password. Requests must be made either in person or from your official UTK email account. Reference librarian contact information:

Sibyl Marshall – smarshal@utk.edu
Nathan Preuss – npreuss@utk.edu
Kris Tobin – ktobin3@utk.edu

Checking out and Renewing Library Materials

As this library is primarily set up for in-house academic research, many of our materials do not circulate, or circulate only for brief periods of time. If you do want to check something out, bring it to the Circulation Desk and we will let you know the circulation period (if any). Here are our circulation, renewal, and fine/blocking policies for students:

As this library is primarily set up for in-house academic research, many of our materials do not circulate, or circulate only for brief periods of time. If you do want to check something out, bring it to the Circulation Desk and we will let you know the circulation period (if any). Here are our circulation, renewal, and fine/blocking policies for students:

Circulation

Most books will check out for either 2 weeks or 3 days, depending on the type of book. Please bring the book to the Circulation Desk so that we can determine the circulation period. Books on Secured Reserve check out for 2 hours. Audiovisual materials (such as DVD’s) check out for 24 hours.

Renewals

Items checked out on a 14-day loan may be renewed up to two times by telephone, email, or by logging into the library catalog with your NetID and password. Renewals will be permitted unless the item has been recalled, or has a hold placed on it. If an item has been requested by another patron you will be informed that it cannot be renewed. Students who have had their library check-out privileges suspended (see below) will not be able to renew items until the suspension has been lifted.

Overdue and Lost Items

The law library does not charge overdue fines for items that are checked out for 14 day or three day periods.  Items on 2-hour or 24-hour check out accumulate overdue fines at 25 cents per hour, with a maximum fine of $20.
Fines and fees must be paid at the circulation desk or by mail and may only be accepted by a full time library staff member. Full time library staff are generally available to take fines/fees  from 7 AM – 9 PM Monday-Thursday, and 7 AM – 5 PM on Fridays. We accept cash or check only. To pay by mail, mail your check, plus a copy of a fine/fee notice (if available) to:

Jeff Groah, Circulation Supervisor
Joel A. Katz Law Library
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville TN 37996-1800
We will mail you a receipt for your payment.

Having any overdue items may result in loss of library borrowing privileges until the item is returned and the account cleared.

When an item is long overdue, the Law Library declares that item lost and issues a bill for replacement and a processing fee. When the bill is issued, a hold is also placed on all of the student’s records and accounts at the campus level. If/when the item is returned in satisfactory condition, the replacement and processing fees will be waived, but any accumulated overdue fines must still be paid.

Books on 2 week circulation are declared lost after 21 days overdue.
Books/periodicals on 3 day circulation are declared lost after 10 days overdue.
DVD’s/books/other items on 24 hour or 2 hour circulation are declared lost after 5 days overdue.

Books and other items that have been recalled or have a hold on them are declared lost 3 days after the due date/recall due date.

The library sends courtesy notices of overdue and lost items to the email address that we have on file for you. If we do not have an email address, we will send a courtesy notice to a physical address that we have on file for you. Borrowers have a responsibility to notify the library of changes to their email and physical addresses. These notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive a notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility.

Holds/Recalls

Any patron may request that the library place a hold or recall on an item that is checked out. Once done, the patron who has it checked out may not renew it. When it is returned, it will be held for you at the circulation desk and you will be sent an email notice that your item is waiting for you. Recalls must be placed in person at the circulation desk, or by email from your official UTK email account. To place a hold by email, email Circulation at lawcirc@utk.edu. Please provide as much information as you can (title, author, volume number, call number, etc.) about the title you want held. You may also wish to provide a telephone number so that we can contact you immediately to resolve any issues that arise under the hold.

Recalled items:
When an item is recalled, a new due date may be assigned (the new recall due date will vary, depending on the type of item and the patron who has it checked out).  A Recall notice will be sent to the original borrower to advise them of the new due date. Failure to return a recalled item by its new due date may result in the accumulation of overdue fines or the suspension of borrowing privileges or both. When a recalled item is returned, it will be held for the new patron at the circulation desk and an email notice will be sent to the new patron that the item is waiting at the circulation desk.

Computer Lab

Copiers

The library has three copiers available for law student use. These copiers are located on the third floor near the elevator, in the rear corner of the Reserve Reading Room, and in the alcove next to the interior stairwell on the first floor. To use the copier, you must purchase a copy card from the black vending machine located behind the gold record display case on the first floor. This vending machine takes paper money only – no coins, credit cards, debit cards, or Volcards. Please let someone at the circulation desk know if you need assistance using the copiers or the vending machine, or if one of the machines is not working properly. Copies cost ten cents per page.

If you are working as a law faculty research assistant, your professor should make the necessary arrangements for you to have access to the faculty copier on the third floor of the College building, in the administrative suite; and/or to use the copy service in the basement. We do not have copy facilities in the library to make special accommodations for faculty research assistants here.

The library will make special arrangements for copy cards for Law Review, journals, and moot court teams. Let us know how many copy cards you want and how much money you want placed on each copy card, and we will create the copy cards for you. Just provide us your university budget account number and we will transfer the funds to pay for the cards. To request cards for your journal or team, contact De Burns at dburns3@utk.edu or 865-974-9878.

Course Materials

To locate available materials (including sample exams) from your professor, search by professor’s last name or course name in the catalog. You will need your university NetID and password to access electronic course materials and sample exams. If you do not know your university NetID and password, visit this page to get them:http://accounts.utk.edu/your-netid.html

Hard copy materials placed can also be located using the search above. You can check out hard copy course materials at the circulation desk. Just tell the circulation staff your professor’s name, the name of the item that you want and that it is course material. Course materials circulate for two hours.

Exams on File

To access sample exams placed on reserve by your professor, search by professor’s last name or course name in the box above (under the course materials heading) or in the catalog. You will need your university NetID and password to access electronic course reserves and sample exams. If you do not know your university NetID and password, visit this page to get them:http://accounts.utk.edu/your-netid.html

Facsimile Services at the Law School

For job search related fax needs see career services. All other fax needs should be addressed through the dean’s office.

Faculty Research Assistants

If you are working as a faculty research assistant, please have your professor contact one of the reference librarians to let us know. We can arrange for you to be able to check out books and other materials on behalf of the faculty member, and for any research assistance or additional training you might need.

Your professor should make the necessary arrangements for you to have access to the faculty copier on the third floor of the College building, in the administrative suite; and/or to use the copy service in the basement. We do not have copy facilities in the library to make special accommodations for faculty research assistants here.

If you anticipate checking out items from Hodges Library or another UT Knoxville library on behalf of your faculty member, you will need to obtain a proxy card from him or her. To learn more about how faculty get proxy cards, go here:
http://www.lib.utk.edu/ius/cards.html#_proxy
You do not need to have a proxy card to check out law library materials on behalf of your faculty employer. Just have the faculty member contact a member of the reference or circulation department, and we will place a note in the faculty member’s electronic library patron record stating that you are allowed to check materials out for him or her.
We strongly discourage faculty research assistants from checking out library materials under their own name when those materials are actually going to be used by the faculty member.

Please contact Jolyon Gray, Network Manager, jcgray@utk.edu
or 865-974-2547, for assistance with printing your research-related work, so that you may print what you need without depleting your own personal account.

Interlibrary Loan (Getting Materials from Other Libraries)

If you need a book, article, or other item and the law library does not own it, we can likely help you borrow it from another library. If it is not held anywhere on the UT Knoxville campus, we can try to borrow it for you from another library. To place a request for an interlibrary loan, please fill out this form. Contact lawill@utk.edu or 865-974-1823 if you have questions about the form. Please provide as much information about the item as you can and be sure to include the best way to contact you, so that we can resolve any questions about the item, and also so that we can notify you when it arrives.

Interlibrary loan items generally take at least a week to arrive after placing the request, so please place your requests as soon as possible.

If Hodges or another UT Knoxville library owns it, you can usually have the item delivered to the Records Office, which will notify you when it arrives. To request items from other campus libraries, use the Library Express Service. Click here to use Library Express:
http://www.lib.utk.edu/request/library-express/

Journals/Moot Court/Mock Trial Teams

We strive to serve the extra needs of our student publications and intercollegiate competitive teams. Students involved in these publications and teams may be entitled to additional printing allocations in the library. We can also arrange to have high-denomination copy cards created for your team members (upon provision of your budget fund number so that we can arrange reimbursement). If study rooms are available on the third floor, we may be able to assign a locked study room for use by your team. Reference librarians are available to provide additional research training to your group. If you need library materials that are unavailable for any reason at our library, we can attempt to get them for you, either by requesting to borrow them from other libraries or considering them for purchase for our own collection.

Service Contact Phone Email
Additional printing De Burns 865-974-9878 dburns3@utk.edu
Copy cards De Burns 865-974-9878 dburns3@utk.edu
Study Rooms De Burns 865-974-9878 dburns3@utk.edu
Research seminar Nathan Preuss 865-974-6736 npreuss@utk.edu
Library materials Sibyl Marshall 865-974-5906 smarshal@utk.edu

Library Lockers

Lockers are available in the library for law student check-out. These lockers are free and are checked out to you for the entire academic year. Information about the checkout procedure will be distributed in the beginning of the fall semester or by request at the Circulation Desk. We do not recommend that you leave valuable items in your locker, particularly where they may be visible to passersby (the front of the locker is a see-through wire mesh). You are responsible for turning in your locker key at the end of the academic year – if it is late or lost, it will be treated as any other late library material. If you have lost the key, please let us know immediately so that we can get the locker re-keyed.

We also check out lockers over the summer term to law students who are in Knoxville for the summer. For summer check out, please inquire at the circulation desk. If we have lockers available, we also may check them out to our immediate graduates who are studying for the bar in Knoxville. Again, please inquire at the circulation desk for this service.

Passwords for LexisNexis and Westlaw

You will receive your LexisNexis and Westlaw passwords as part of 1L orientation. Training will be provided in your Legal Research I and II classes. If you have forgotten your passwords, contact a reference librarian for assistance. If you are a transfer student, contact a reference librarian for help in moving your accounts from your prior school to the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Popular Movies

The library has a small collection of popular law-related movie titles available for check-out (24 hour loan period). Do a Title search for a movie you are interested in, or inquire at the circulation desk.

Printing at the Law Library

Each student receives 1500 pages of printing (single-sided) at the Law Library. You may print from your free printing account by using the lab computers in the library ground floor labor by using our wireless printing system. For more information on wireless/remote printing, click here. If you are enrolled in summer school classes, you will be given an additional 400 free page prints.

See the computer support pages for more information.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available on the ground through third floors of the library. All library policies must be followed while in study rooms. These study rooms are not soundproofed, so please be courteous to your fellow law students in the library and keep your voices down while talking in study rooms.

Law student study groups have priority for study rooms. A select number of study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance. Only law study groups may reserve study rooms. To reserve a room, ask for the study room reservation book at the circulation desk. Rooms may be reserved for up to three hours, and you will need to provide at least two names for the reservation.

Individuals or non-law students may use a study room, but will be asked to vacate it if it has been reserved by law students. If a group has reserved a room but only one of that group is present and using the room, that individual will be required to vacate the room if a group requests to use it. However, individual law students will not be required to vacate the room in deference to a group of non-law students.

Group rooms on the third floor are typically reserved for use by moot court and similar teams, or for professors who require additional workspace for ongoing projects. If your moot court team would like to request that a locked study room on the third floor be assigned to you, please contact, De Burns, at 865-974-9878 or dburns3@utk.edu. If we have a room available for you, we will assign it to you. However, library policies must still be followed in locked study rooms, and repeated violations of library policies will result in your room being reassigned or made available for general use.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, please contact our Head of Public Services, Sibyl Marshall, at smarshal@utk.edu or 865-974-5906. She will arrange for your LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts to be transferred here and will be pleased to give you a tour of the law library, explain our student services, and answer any questions you may have.


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