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Survival Guide for New Students

A guide to Law Library resources and services for new students


The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library welcomes our incoming J.D., M.L.S., and L.LM students!

The materials on this page will help orient you to the library and its services. This guide includes information about getting ready for class, getting online, and getting the most out of the library resources during your first days and weeks in law school.  We're here to help so please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions!


Other Useful Guides and Links:

Course Web Pages & Databases

Westlaw/TWEN: You will be provided with a temporary password for Westlaw/TWEN during orientation.  Once you have registered your password you will be able to access the Westlaw legal research database.  The same password will also provide you access to TWEN (The West Educational Network), the Course Management System used by your faculty.  TWEN is similar to Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn and other CMS but is designed specifically for legal education.

Lexis AdvanceYou will be provided with a code for Lexis Advance during orientationOnce you have created your own account you will be able to access the Lexis Advance legal research database.

Bloomberg LawYou will be provided with a code for Bloomberg Law during orientation. You can also use your CUA email address to create an account. Once you have created an account you will be able to access the Bloomberg Law legal research database.

If you did not receive your Westlaw/TWEN, Lexis Advance or Bloomberg Law information during orientation please stop by the Circulation Desk of the Law Library.

Help with Your Classes & More

Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library / 3600 John McCormack Road N.E., Washington, DC 20064 / 202-319-5155