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Student Resources FAQs

This guide provides answers to common questions that Fowler Law students have about Law Library services.

Books, Supplies, & Materials

Do you have study aids available?

Yes. We have a wide range of study aids, with some available in print in the Law Library and some online through our West Academic study aids subscription. View a complete listing of both print and online study aids.

Do you have textbooks for my course?

Sorry, we do not collect and circulate textbooks.

Do you have a stapler or hole punch?

Yes. A variety of staplers and hole punches are available for your use along the side of the Circulation Desk.

Do you have earplugs?

Yes. You can pick up a free pair from either the Research Help Desk or the Circulation Desk. Please do not return them. That would be gross. They're yours now.

Do you have MCLE self-study materials?

Yes. The Law Library has nearly 100 California MCLE self-study CDs available on Reserve. They may be checked out for three hours at a time. You may also check out a portable CD player and headphones at the Circulation Desk.

Do you have a phone/laptop charger I could borrow?

Sorry, we do not have laptop or cell phone chargers. There is, however, a cell phone charging station in the Student Lounge, and you may check out laptop chargers from the Student Union Electronics Borrowing Program at Argyros Forum.

How long can I check out books for?

Materials on Reserve can be checked out for three hours at a time. All other circulating materials can be checked out for 14 weeks at a time. Please note that many items in our collection, such as treatises, practice guides, and primary law, are non-circulating.

How do I access previous exams and model answers?

1. Go to the Law Library homepage.

2. In the box labeled Course Reserves & Exams, enter your instructor's name and click Search. You can also search by the title of your course by clicking on the "Search by Course Name" link.

3. Select the appropriate course.

4. If the exam is available at "Law Course Reserve," you can check out a copy at the Circulation Desk.

If it is available at "Law Electronic Reserve," click the title of the exam and proceed to Step 5.

5. Enter your name and your Chapman ID number and click "Submit."

6. A pdf of the exam will open in a new tab.

Fines

Does the Law Library charge fines for overdue/lost items?

Yes. The Law Library assesses fines at the following rates:

  • Overdue items from the general collection:  $0.50/day
  • Overdue Reserve items:  $0.50/hour
  • Lost study room key cards:  $10.00
  • Lost items other than study room key cards:  replacement cost

I have a fine on my account. Who should I see to take care of it?

Please speak with a Law Library staff member at the Circulation Desk.

Inter-Library Loan

I need to obtain a book or article, but you don't have it. Can you help me?

Certainly. Submit an interlibrary loan request and we will do our best to obtain the material for you. Before you submit your request, though, make sure you have checked both the Law Library and the Leatherby Libraries catalogs. Items obtained through interlibrary loan typically arrive within seven business days.

Legal Research Assistance

Can you provide assistance with legal research?

Of course - that's what we are here for! We can help you with research questions; locate items in the Law Library; obtain materials for Law Review; show you how to use a database; brainstorm research strategies; and more - just ask us at the Research Help Desk! And if you have a more in-depth research question, make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Research Librarian by e-mailing lawlib@chapman.edu. Briefly describe your research problem and what steps you have already taken, and we will respond to set up a meeting.

Library Hours and Policies

What are your hours?

Our current hours may be found on the Law Library homepage. Hours are extended during the Law School's Reading Period and Final Exams.

Can I eat in the Law Library?

Yes! Ignore the signs with the weird little pieces of bread that say you can't.

Just don't make a mess, please.

Printing, Copying, & Scanning

How do I print?

Free wireless printing is available from three locations in the Law School. To print a one-sided document, compose an e-mail to mobileprint@chapman.edu, attach your document, and click send. To print a two-sided document, compose an e-mail to duplex@chapman.edu, attach your document, and click send. To print multiple documents, simply attach them to your e-mail. You can release your print job from the first or second floor of the Law Library or the computer lab in Room 163.

Is color printing available?

Color printing is available in the Leatherby Libraries Rotunda. The cost is 50 cents per side.

Where can I make copies?

There are copiers on the first and second floors of the Law Library. Copies cost 12 cents per page, and you can pay with your Chapman ID card (if you have funds available), cash, or a credit card. You can add funds to your Chapman ID card by visiting the Cashier's Office in Bhathal Hall.

Is there a scanner available in the Library?

Yes. There is a scanner available in the Microfiche Room on the first floor of the Law Library.

Study Rooms

How can I reserve a study room?

You can reserve a study room using our online reservation system up to a week in advance. Simply click the boxes representing the time period you wish to reserve (up to three hours) and click "Submit Time Slots." Enter your Chapman e-mail address and the last seven digits of your Chapman ID number and click "Login." Next, confirm the details of your reservation and click "Submit my Reservation." You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. At the time of your reservation, bring your Chapman ID to the Circulation Desk, where you can pick up your study room key card. Please return your key card prior to the end of your reserved time to avoid late fines.

Technology Issues

I'm having trouble logging into Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg.

Please contact Research/Instruction Librarian Heather Joy at (714) 628-2539 or joy@chapman.edu.

My Chapman login is not working for e-mail, database access, printing, etc.

Please contact the Chapman IS&T Service Desk at (714) 997-6600 or servicedesk@chapman.edu.

My Chapman ID card is not working.

If your ID card is not working properly, or if you have lost it and need a replacement, visit the Telecommunications Office on the first floor of Leatherby Libraries.