Reference/Research Services


Bridge the Gap 2015

Do you need a refresher on your legal research skills?

Are you curious about life as a summer associate?

At eight lunchtime sessions from March 30th through April 15th, the Law Library will present a different topic that will help you prepare for summer (or post-graduation) success. All students are welcome to attend regardless of your class year or summer employment status.

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP; please bring your own drink.

Registration is now open at the Reference Desk - sign-up is requested for catering purposes and handouts. All sessions will be held from noon-12:50pm in Room L30. Please contact Alexis Fetzer,, with questions.

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Monday, March 30th
Judicial Clerkships - Virginia Supreme Court Senior Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy
Moderated by second year law student Ann Reid, Virginia Supreme Court Senior Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy will discuss her experiences and answer questions about judicial clerkships.

Tuesday, March 31st
FastCase and Practice Materials - Joyce Manna Janto & Kathleen Klepfer
Practice materials tend to focus on the law as it exists, with advice and tips for dealing with real-life legal problems. They are updated frequently and often contain forms or checklists. Also, learn quick and easy searching strategies with Fastcase, which will be a free alternative to searching for case law.

Wednesday, April 1st
Westlaw in the Workplace - Denise Stewart
Learn the most efficient and cost-effective ways of search Westlaw.

Monday, April 6th
Advanced Databases & Dockets – Alexis Fetzer & Amy O’Connor
More comprehensive instruction on Bloomberg BNA, CCH Intelliconnect, and Bloomberg Law all resources that you may use free of charge during your summer employment.

Wednesday, April 8th
LexisNexis in the Workplace – Shelley Landfair
Learn the most efficient and cost-effective ways of search LexisNexis.

Monday, April 13th
Professionalism in the Legal Workplace - Legal Recruiting Manager Sarah Hallock of Williams Mullen
Conflicting advice about professionalism in interviews and in the workplace are often a cause of stress for law students. This presentation, from the Manager of Legal Recruiting at Williams Mullen, will dispel some myths about the behavior expected of law students in the workplace and answer students’ questions about time management, the dress code, and navigating your new employment.

Tuesday, April 14th
Research Strategies & Alerts – Timothy L. Coggins
Make sure your research strategies are effective starting your first day. Learn how to start research in an unfamiliar area of law; plan, track, and update your research; and manage your time.

Wednesday, April 15th
Student Employment Panel - Shane Frick, L’14, Associate Attorney at MG Law; Julie Hoffmeister, L’14, Clerk for Senior Judge James R. Spencer, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; Milena Radovic, L’16, Intern at Legal Aid Justice Center
These researchers have applied many of the lessons taught in Bridge the Gap to their professional careers, including law firms, government, and agencies. They will present an overview of their experiences and give practical advice for conducting legal research in your work environments.

Reference Assistance

Reference assistance is available during the academic year Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Users should seek reference assistance from the librarian on duty at the reference desk during those times or call the Reference Desk at (804) 289-8685.

If the reference desk is not open, ask about reference services at the circulation desk or e-mail reference requests to

Online Catalog

All University of Richmond libraries share an integrated catalog that unifies collection and circulation information. Catalog workstations are located throughout the library-near the main entrance, near the stairs on the main floor, and on each floor of the library.

The library maintains a public access terminal for patrons' use. Access to Virginia materials, federal materials, and Key Cite is available via a limited Westlaw subscription.

Virginia Collection

The library maintains an extensive collection of materials specific to Virginia law, including monographs on specific topics, reports for Virginia state courts, Virginia statutes and administrative materials, as well as various indices to Virginia law. The Virginia materials are shelved in the KFV classification on the first floor of the library.

    Bibliographic Resources

    These bibliographies, pathfinders, and other resource guides present materials that are available in the law library collection.

    Please direct comments and suggestions to Alexis N. Fetzer, Reference and Research Services Librarian.

    Library Publications

    The library's Reference and Research Services Department periodically prepares annotated bibliographies and legal research guides for library users. Individual copies are available in the displays near the reference desk. The Reference and Research Services Department also publishes the Museletter-a newsletter designed to inform students and faculty of library news and services.

      Research Guides

      The University of Richmond Law Library reference librarians use LibGuides to assist users with frequently encountered research tasks.  Users can access the Law Library LibGuides through

      Special Collections

      The Law Library's Special Collections include a number of rare volumes pertaining to the development of Anglo-American legal principles and most Virginia primary materials printed before 1866.The Law Library also accepts donations of unique documents and private papers from judges, attorneys, or faculty members that relate to other collections already held by the Law Library or to research interests in the Law School. These documents are available for inspection by researchers; interested parties should contact Kat Klepfer, Reference & Research Services Librarian, to arrange a time to inspect the documents. 

      A more detailed explanation of our current archival holdings, including indices to most of our larger collections of papers, can be found here.