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U.S. Supreme Court Opening Day – First Monday in October

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Today, Monday, October 2, 2017 is the beginning of the 2017/18 term of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Follow the activities of the court at the following websites:
Supreme Court Links to opinions, oral arguments and much more
ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases Opinions, oral arguments, briefs, and much more

Want more information? Go to our Legal Bibliography on the Supreme Court and other federal courts

Upcoming Fall Break hours (Sept. 28-Sept. 29)

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law School’s Fall Break is coming at the end of this week, Thursday, September 28-Friday, September 29. The Law Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on these two days, resuming regular hours on Saturday, September 30.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is available at

Hours at other University Libraries locations are at



Access Study Aids Online 24/7 through the Law Library

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

You can now access over 500 study aids, case briefs, outlines, and audio lectures online through the Law Library’s new subscription with West Academic. Just go to to get started. There are multiple titles for first year and upper-level courses, as well as a variety of academic and career success resources for students in every stage of law school.

We hope you will all take advantage of this convenient and very useful collection. If you have any trouble accessing these or any other library resources, please contact Brian Detweiler, Student Services Librarian, for assistance.


Reminder: Law Library holiday hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Just a reminder that the Law Library will be closed this weekend (Saturday, September 2-Sunday, September 3) and on Labor Day (Monday, September 4).

We’ll re-open and resume our regular schedule of hours on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:30 a.m.  We’ll look forward to seeing you then!


New semester, new Library hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Welcome to Fall and a new semester schedule for the Law Library!

We will be closed this weekend, Saturday-Sunday. August 26-27, and then beginning Monday, August 28, the Library will be open on the following regular schedule:

Regular Fall Hours – August 28 – December 1, 2017*

Monday-Thursday:    7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday:    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:    9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday:    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

* Please note that we’ll be closed on Saturday-Sunday, September 2-3, and Monday, September 4, for Labor Day (more exceptions).

A full schedule of Law Library hours is available at Hours at all University Libraries are at

Bar exam wishes and Law Library hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library is cheering and supporting everyone taking the Bar Exam — you’ve studied hard; you’re well prepared; and you’ll do the best that you can do!

The Law Library will be open today, Monday, July 24th, until 9:00 pm, to support ongoing study.


New Law Library late summer hours will begin on Tuesday, July 25th.

Billions in Private Student Loan Debt Could be Wiped Out Due to Missing Paperwork

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

If you are a student loan borrower, you may have read with interest recent stories about missing paperwork jeopardizing the collection of billions of dollars in private student loan debt. According to this New York Times article, the National Collegiate Student Loan Trust, who owns the loans in question, “hold[s] 800,000 private student loans, totaling $12 billion, [of which] more than $5 billion…is in default.” National Collegiate and its collection company, Transworld Systems, are also now being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who vowed that he “won’t allow a generation of New Yorkers to get victimized by the very system that was created to help them get ahead.”

But before you spend next month’s student loan payment on a bottle, or let’s face it, a case of champagne, check out this article from Time to see if you might be affected. Likewise, this article cautions that defaulting on your loans can “have ruinous consequences for your credit [and, if you lose your case,] could stick you with National Collegiate’s legal fees, on top of the debt you’d be ordered to repay and any lawyer’s fees of your own.”

The debt held by National Collegiate originated as private student loans, which “lack the consumer protection” of federal loans. Borrowers wishing to dispute federally guaranteed loans can find additional information on the Department of Education’s website, or by contacting the Department’s Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group.