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SIU Law Library: Services

Services For:

Library Services for Law Faculty include:

  • Reference Assistance (Note: those faculty members in need of substantial research assistance should hire a student research assistant.)
  • Training of Student Research Assistants
  • Borrowing
  • Interlibrary Loan 

Please send requests for service to lawlib@siu.edu.

Reference service for law students will usually take the form of research instruction.

NOTE: Law students are encouraged to follow the Ten Minute Rule when determining if they need research help:

Ten Minute Rule: If it takes longer than ten minutes to determine your next research step--ask a law librarian for assistance.*  

Services for Law Students include:

  • Reference Assistance (usually this will take the form of legal research training).
  • Borrowing 
  • Interlibrary Loan 

Please send requests for service to lawlib@siu.edu.

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* NOTE: Law librarians love to teach law students how to do legal research, you are not bothering us, we literally get paid to help you. So please, justify our salaries by consulting the law librarians early and often.

 

 

To those with legal issues:

Law Librarians cannot provide non-attorney* patrons with information relating specific facts in your life to the current law. This would constitute the practice of law. We can help you find resources that may help you with such problems but cannot provide you with legal advice of any kind.

Additionally, law students are not permitted to assist non-attorneys with legal problems.  

If you have legal issues or problems you are attempting to solve without the aid of an attorney, please consult the Legal Self Help tab for more information. 

Services for community members include:

  • Reference Assistance 
  • Borrowing (see circulation staff for details)

Please send requests for service or questions you may have to lawlib@siu.edu.

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* Attorney is defined as someone who is licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction in the United States.

 

To those with legal issues:

Law Librarians cannot provide non-attorney* patrons with information relating specific facts in your life to the current law. This would constitute the practice of law. We can help you find resources that may help you with such problems but cannot provide you with legal advice of any kind.

Additionally, law students are not permitted to assist non-attorneys with legal problems.  

If you have legal issues or problems you are attempting to solve without the aid of an attorney, please consult the Legal Self Help tab for more information. 

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* Attorney is defined as someone who is licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction in the United States.