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Students wondering whether they will have access to the major legal research databases as well as other databases during the summer or post-graduation can find out more information in our Guide to Summer & Post Graduation Access.



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The Law Library will be open extended hours during the exam period.

  • Monday April 29th - Wednesday May 8th: 8am - Midnight
  • Thursday May 9th: 8am - 7pm
  • Friday May 10th: 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday May 11th - Sunday May 12th: CLOSED






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The US News & World Report Law School rankings began publication in 1987, although for the first few years only the top 20-25 law schools were included. Beginning in 1993, and running through 2002, Catholic Law was not assigned a numerical ranking and instead was assigned to a quartile or tier. Starting in 2003, the top 100 law schools were ranked, and more recently the top 176 schools have been ranked. The dates below refer to the publication year of the ranking not the edition.

1987 - NR

2006 - T3

1988 - NR

2007 - 98

1989 - NR

2008 - 91

1990 - NR

2009 - 94

1991 - NR

2010 - 98

1992 - NR

2011 - 79

1993 - Q2

2012 - 82

1994 - T3

2013 - 80

1995 - T4

2014 - 107

1996 - T3

2015 - 108

1997 - T2

2016 - 103

1998 - T2

2017 - 106

1999 - T2

2018 - 110

2000 - T2

2019 - 108

2001 - T2

2020 - 111

2002 - T3

2021 - 102

2003 - 84

2022 - 94

2004 - 82

2023 - 122

2005 - 85

2024 - 94



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Thank you to everyone who completed the Law Library’s student survey.  We received valuable feedback, which will help guide future projects. We’ve analyzed the results and read every comment submitted. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll use the survey results to help us improve the services and resources that you have identified as being important to you.

In the meantime you can view the raw data from the survey together with our analysis here




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Each year the staff of the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library compile the written scholarship of the Law School's faculty and students from the previous year in the form of a retrospective brochure.  The brochure for 2023 has recently been released and includes faculty presentations made throughout the year.

Past editions of the brochure are available on the Law Library Publications guide.



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Congratulations to this year's team from Catholic Law for winning the 74th Annual Seigenthaler-Sutherland Moot Court competition!  The competition is one of the oldest national moot court competitions in the United States and originated in 1950 at Catholic Law when the competition was called the Sutherland Cup.

For more information on the history of the tournament, together with a list of past winners and associated ephemera, please visit our guide on the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Moot Court competition.



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The Law Library hours for the Easter Holiday period are as follows:

Thurs 3/28 - Fri 3/29: 10am - 6pm
Sat 3/30: 9am - 5pm
Sun 3/31: CLOSED
Mon 4/1: 10am - 9pm



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Women's History Month Display - 2024

The Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library celebrates Women's History Month with the installation of an exhibit honoring women in the legal field. Some recent books highlighted include:

The First Fifteen : How Asian American Women Became Federal Judges by Susan Oki Mollway

Paving the Way : the first American women law professors by Herma Hill Kay

Shortlisted : women in the shadows of the Supreme Court by Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world by Linda Hirshman

Additional books featured include:

Library users were also invited to share who in their life inspires them.  

Bulletin board with post-its - who inspires you 










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Law students: we want to hear from you!

Every two years the Law Library invites students to give your feedback on Law Library services, spaces, and resources. Your voice matters to us, and we will be reviewing every response we receive. Please click this link or scan the QR code below to take our quick 10 minute survey.

Complete the Law Library survey between March 18 and March 27 for your chance to win one of four $50 digital gift cards.* Thank you for participating!

*E-mail addresses are collected for incentive purposes only and are not saved with survey responses. Survey responses are completely anonymous. Prizes will be awarded to current CUA law students only.




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The Law Library's hours for the week of Spring Break (March 11th - March 17th) are as follows:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 9pm
Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 10pm

For a complete listing of the Law Library's hours of operation please click here.

OCPD and the Law Library Present: Researching Judges for Job Seekers (Virtual)


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Attend this virtual hands-on workshop led by reference librarians to be prepared for judicial clerkship and internship applications and interviews.

Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 12:30-1:00pm
Location: Zoom

Register here!

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Accessing Law Library E-Resources


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In order to improve access, we are working on our links in our databases.  Effective June 17th you may experience issues with database links. If so, please contact


We are currently in the process of migrating to OpenAthens in place of EZproxy to manage off campus access to e-resources (e-books, e-journals, databases).  During this switch, on campus users should not notice any differences. Off campus users may encounter a temporary access issue with some of the online resources.

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