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Bridge the Gap

Do you need a refresher on your legal research skills?

Are you curious about life as a summer associate?

Through a series of lunchtime sessions offered during the Spring semester, the Law Library offers programming on an array of topics 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.

Registration will open at the Reference Desk in weeks prior to the scheduled sessions. Dates and location to be announced at a later date. Please contact Alexis Fetzer,, with questions.

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"If you don't go, you don't know what you're missing."

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.