Sarita Kenedy East Law Library


THE CATHOLIC AND MARIANIST UNIVERSITY


 

Spring 2021 Hours:

Mon–Thur: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Sat–Sun: 9am - 5pm

See calendars for holiday hours and for extended hours during exams and bar study.

Contact Us:

Ph: (210) 436-3435
Fax: (210) 436-3240
lawlibrary@stmarytx.edu

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COVID Updates

The St. Mary’s University community has continued to make great strides in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in recent months. This success is aided by the measures we, as a community, have taken to ensure each other’s health and safety. In light of Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement, the University is reminding everyone of our face mask requirement. St. Mary’s has in place a mandatory Face Mask Policy for the 2020-21 academic year.

The law library is open and accessible for current St. Mary’s faculty, staff, and students. In compliance with university policy, face coverings are required to be worn at all times while in the library and while on campus. Members of the public are not allowed in the library at this time.

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St. Mary's Coronavirus Updates and Campus Plans

In order to help ensure the safety of our community and to comply with social distancing guidelines, both the Alumni Room and Law Commons are being utilized as classrooms, which limits accessibility to these areas. Additionally, small study rooms and lockers are not available for use. To ensure social distancing, limited seating options are available on both floors. Students are encouraged to follow all University health guidelines and to not congregate in the library. Students are also expected to follow University guidelines while on campus.

For those needing access to Federal Government information, please visit govinfo.gov.

 

New Book List for March 2021

A list of all books received by the law library in November and December 2020 can be viewed here.

 

New Book List for February 2021

A list of all books received by the law library in February 2021 can be viewed here.

 

New Electronic Resources Available

The Law Library has just added the HeinOnline U.S State Package to our electronic offerings! This database streamlines and simplifies legal research at the state level. Seven databases have been brought together to provide nearly 31 million pages of content related to all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Learn more here. For more guidance on searching and utilizing HeinOnline, see Blume Library's guide on their website.

 

Resources Regarding Legal Ethics

The Dean's Research Fellows have compiled a guide for both national and Texas-specific ethics resources available online. More information is available under the Research & Reference tab or on the Ethics Resources Page.

 

Bar Study Collection Now Available in the Law Library

If you are currently studying for the bar exam, be sure to make use of our collection of materials designed to help you succeed. Materials are available for both the traditional Texas Bar Exam and for the Uniform Bar Examination. Search the library catalog by keyword above for “Bar Prep Materials” for a complete list of resources in this collection.

 

Welcome to the New Semester!

To all new students (1Ls):  You will receive a blue folder from the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library during your orientation. Here's what's inside:

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Law Students
  • 1L Database Guide
  • Legal Research Registration Codes - These are your personal passwords.  Make sure to register these today.  This is how you get Lexis, Westlaw, and TWEN.
  • Information on how to print
  • Information on electronic resources available to you

 

Electronic Resources Designed to Help You Succeed in Law School

The Law Library provides you with access to the West Academic digital collection of study aids - including audio and video - to help you succeed in all your courses! Access is available for Nutshells, Hornbooks, Concepts & Insights, Exam Pro, and many other study aids and treatises to help you ace your finals! To take advantage, visit West Academic Study Aids to set up your account today, and don't forget to download the app so you can study anywhere!

Bringing greater accessibility to LexisNexis treatises, study aids, deskbooks, and more, the St. Mary’s University Digital Library provides access to more than a thousand volumes of legal eBooks you can access anytime, anywhere!  Just visit http://skell.law.overdrive.com and enter your school email address. Browse the available materials, and don't forget to access both the Questions and Answers series and Understanding series to help you study! 

The Law Collection from Oxford Scholarship Online offers you access to over 1500 books covering a wide variety of topics related to law - from copyright to environmental law to access to justice and everything in between. Just go to Oxford Scholarship Online and start browsing now!

The Law Library has on-campus access to Fastcase, a legal research database whose libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as federal coverage going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F.Supp. 1, and 1 B.R. 1. The collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.

Any questions or comments? Please contact Professor Stacy Fowler. 

 

Exam Resources

April 29, 2019

The law library has resources to help you through the stress of finals:

  1. The law library maintains an Exam Bank at http://lawlib.stmarytx.edu/exambank.html , where you can find old exams given at St. Mary's. You can use the buttons on each column to sort by date, professor, or course.
  2. The law library has additional exams for Professors Johnson, Liu, and Ariens available in binders at the front desk.  These are the multiple choice question binders.

 

State Statutes Online

Statutes for all fifty states are available online. Click here to find out more information.

 

Hein Online Guides

Need help trying to navigate Hein Online? Check out their two new reference guides, specifically designed to make you a Hein expert in no time!

Quick Reference
Comprehensive Guide

 

Texas Law Videos Available

If you are looking for some light productive legal study for your semester break, try podcasting or watching videos of the State Bar of Texas CLEs. CLEs, or Continuing Legal Education classes, are short training sessions for practicing lawyers who want a quick overview of a new practice area. The Texas Bar's CLEs are free-of-charge for current students and employees of accredited law schools in Texas. Instructions for video and audio CLEs are here. Important:  Do not enter your credit card info.  These are free-of-charge for current students.  You add the CLE to your cart, then apply a discount for current law student in Texas.

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