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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 2023 and 2024), 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!

Please note that the Law Library will offer all new students (1L, 1E, M.L.S., LL.M) a free copy of The BlueBook: A Uniform System of Citation during orientation.  However, if you did not receive your free copy during orientation please stop by the Reference Department and ask one of the Reference Librarians for a copy.  You will need the Bluebook throughout your time in law school and beyond. In addition, it is required for the first year Lawyering Skills Practice course (LSP).


Other Useful Guides and Links:

Course Web Pages & Databases

Westlaw/TWEN: You will need to obtain a temporary password for Westlaw/TWEN from the vendor on the first day of 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 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 AdvanceYou will need to obtain a code for Lexis Advance from the vendor on the first day of orientationOnce you have created your own account you will be able to access the Lexis Advance legal research database.

Bloomberg LawYou will receive a code for Bloomberg Law on the first day of orientation. You can also use your CUA email address to create an account using the activation link below. Once you have created an account you will be able to access the Bloomberg Law legal research database.

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

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