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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


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!

The Law Library provided all 1L and 1E students with a free copy of the Bluebook during orientation. However, if you did not receive your copy, please contact the Reference staff in Room 235 of the Library.

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 Sites & Research Databases

Westlaw/TWEN: A registration code for Westlaw/TWEN was included in an email sent to all 1Ls  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 with access to TWEN (The West Educational Network), the course management system used by your faculty.  TWEN is similar to Blackboard and other course management systems used in higher education around the country, 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. 

Lexis+A site code for Lexis+ was included in an email to all 1Ls  during orientation.  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 did not receive an email containing your Westlaw/TWEN and Lexis+ information during orientation please contact the Reference Department at

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