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Law Research Guide: Find Books

A great place to start your research for all pre-law and legal classes at the University of the South!

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Locating Books in the Library

Below is a very general outline of the major Library of Congress Classification areas in which materials in law and related areas can be found. Most of these materials will be located on the main floor of the library. Using the library catalog is best to pinpoint materials; however, the areas listed below can also help guide you to areas in which you can browse for materials.

K Law
KB Religious Law
KF Law of the United United States
KFT Law of Tennessee
KZ Law of Nations

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Searching for books and other resources

Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

Use WorldCat to identify materials held by other libraries around the world. Most of these you will need to request via interlibrary loan should you wish to use them. ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, is linked below. Please feel free to use the interlirbary loan service, but be sure you have planned for the time it will take for books to be shipped here. Articles are usually delivered electronically and, therefore, much quicker.

Google Book Search offers certain advantages such as the ability to search the full-text of works as well as the ability to view the text of works that are no longer restricted by copyright. If you find something in Google Books that appears to be useful for your research, but you cannot view the book, be sure to check to see if the book is in our library. If not, you can place an interlibrary loan request.

Law Reference Books in duPont Library

The Law School Lowdown

If you're a law school student, or if you're planning to apply to law school, you'll find the practical guidance you'll need for success--plus tips on pitfalls to avoid--when you open this important new book. Written by a recent Harvard Law School graduate who is currently associated with major Wall Street law firm, this brand-new blueprint for legal accomplishment gets down to specifics with-- The law school application process and tips on taking the important Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Selecting a law school, applying for scholarships, and deciding between top-ranked and lower-ranked schools Making the grade during that vital first year at law school The best courses to take in second and third years The advantages of publishing papers while in law school Seeking out summer positions at law firms Taking and passing state bar exams Finding employment at a law firm after graduation Other post-law school options, including judicial clerkships Valuable appendices give you still more advice, and include a completed model law school application form, effective résumés, a model brief of a case for class, and much more. Written by a successful attorney and based on his own law school experiences, Law School Lowdown zeroes-in on both the rigors and satisfactions that comprise the law school experience, offering the advice and counsel that will pave your way to a successful career in law.

Barron's LSAT

This all-new review book--which can be purchased alone or with an optional CD-ROM--thoroughly prepares law school candidates for the all-important Law School Admission Test. Introductory chapters explain the LSAT's format, suggest a detailed three-month study plan for success, and present a diagnostic test with explained answers. Chapters that follow explain and review each of the LSAT's sections: Logical Reasoning Reading Comprehension Analytical Reasoning The LSAT Essay Each chapter includes study tips, strategies for understanding and correctly answering the questions, critical strategies for controlling time, and a sample test with explained answers. The book begins with a diagnostic test and concludes with three full-length practice tests, including Test 65, a recent actual LSAT. All tests contain answer keys and through answer explanations.

Major Acts of Congress

In nearly 275 entries, this 3-vol. set examines landmark pieces of legislation, explaining the historical factors that led to the proposal of each act, looking at the adoption process and assessing each act's impact on American life. A great addition to collections in needof resources on government, civics, citizenship, history and the law.

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