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Remote Student Resources FAQs

While the Law Library is closed, we are continuing many of our services remotely. This guide provides answers to common questions that Fowler School of Law students have about remote services and resources.

Books, Supplies, & Materials

Do you have study aids available?

We have a variety of study aids in e-book format that offer detailed explanations, outlines, and/or practice questions and answers. All can help you organize your studying, enhance your understanding, and review for exams. Please contact a Research Librarian regarding circulating print study aids while the Law Library remains closed.

Do you have textbooks for my course?

Sorry, we do not purchase textbooks.

How long can books be checked out?

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. Materials on reserve are not in circulation while the Darling Law Library remains closed. For help with Law Library material while the Law Library is closed, please contact a Research Librarian.

How do I return material when the Law Library is closed?

You may return material to us by mail. Please contact us and we will provide additional details.

Course Reserves & Exams

Some professors have made past exams available to students as study tools. To access these exams, follow these steps:

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

5. At the Login screen, enter your name, Chapman ID number, and PIN and click "Submit." If you do not have a PIN follow the directions to create one.

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

Interlibrary 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, check both the Law Library and the Leatherby Libraries catalogs for the material you are seeking.

Legal Bites

What are Legal Bites?

The Law Library’s Legal Bites program provides brief research tips. Each tip is quick and to the point, focused on tricks or info you might otherwise not learn until later in law school, or even later in your career. Keep an eye out for Legal Bites in The WRIT during the semester, along with the occasional two-minute how-to video. 

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; suggest useful resources; obtain materials for Law Review; show you how to use a database; brainstorm research strategies; and more - just ask us! If you have a more in-depth research question, make an appointment with a Research Librarian or email us. Briefly describe your research problem and what steps you have already taken, and we will respond to set up a meeting.

Library Account & Fines

How do I access my Library Account?

Navigate to the Library Account Login page. Please contact the Law Library Research Desk at 714-628-2548 or lawlib@chapman.edu if you need help with your PIN.

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 contact us and we will assist you.

Library Hours

What are your hours?

While the Law Library is closed, we are continuing with many of our services remotely. Librarians are available to help you by email, phone, and remote consults. Our current help hours may be found on the Law Library homepage. How to reach us:

  • Email us at lawlib@chapman.edu
  • Call us at (714) 628-2548 (please leave a voicemail and a Librarian will return the call as soon as possible)
  • Schedule a remote consult or telephone appointment

Please visit CU Safely Back for the latest University plans and updates.

Library Account PIN

Create a PIN to manage your library account and access course reserves and old exams.

To create a PIN, navigate to chapcat.chapman.edu/patroninfo

  • Enter your name, first last
  • Enter your Chapman ID number (last 7 digits)
  • Leave the last box BLANK and click Submit
  • A new screen should appear including two blank boxes for your pin; add a pin that is
    • 4-8 characters
    • Letters and numbers only (and any letter or number no more than twice)

Printing

How Do I Print?

Printing is currently unavailable.

When campus is allowed to reopen and printing resumes, your Chapman ID cards will be credited with a balance of $35.00 for the Fall and Spring semesters ($70.00 for the academic year) and $5.00 for the Summer semester for printing. Any unused credit does not roll forward to the next semester. If you use up your credit for the semester, you may add funds to your Chapman ID card by visiting the Cashier’s Office in Bhathal Hall. 
 

Study Rooms

How can I reserve a study room?

Study rooms are currently unavailable.

Technology Issues

I'm having trouble logging into Westlaw, Lexis+, or another Law Library Database

Please contact the Law Library's Research Desk at lawlib@chapman.edu and a Research Librarian will assist you.

I need help with my library account PIN

Please see the information on creating a Library Account PIN, or contact the Law Library's Research Desk at lawlib@chapman.edu and a Research Librarian will assist you.

My Chapman login is not working

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