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1L & New Student Survival Guide

A guide to Law Library resources and services for new students at the Columbus School of Law

Temporary Change in Policies & Procedures

Please note that the policies and procedures described in this guide may be impacted by how the Law Library is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Additionally, access to certain services and resources may be restricted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library welcomes our incoming J.D. (classes of 2024 and 2025), M.L.S., LL.M, and transfer students!

The materials on this page will help orient you to the library, its collections, 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!

To see how the Law Library is responding to the COVID-19 crisis and continuing to meet the needs of our students please consult the following guide:


Other Useful Guides and Links:

Library Essentials

Access to the law library is controlled by your CUA I.D. Hold your I.D. to the card scanner to the right of the law library doors to enter.

Course Web Pages & Databases

Westlaw/TWEN: A registration code for Westlaw/TWEN will be included in an email to all 1Ls  during orientation week.  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 or CMS used by your faculty.  TWEN is similar to Blackboard and other CMS but is designed specifically for legal education.  Your faculty might post reading assignments in advance of the first day of class, so be sure you can access TWEN by the end of orientation week. 

Lexis+A site code for Lexis+ will be included in an email to all 1Ls  during orientation week.  The Lexis+ site code is also available on the Law Library TWEN site. Once you have created your own account you will be able to access the Lexis+ legal research database.

If you do not receive an email containing your Westlaw/TWEN or Lexis+ information during orientation week please contact the Reference Department at

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