With the new semester underway, check out our latest research guide on how to take advantage of all we have to offer.


Would you like to enhance your resume?  The Law Library Research Fellow Program has an opening for a second or third-year Cornell Law student.  Fellows conduct research for faculty who do not have their own research assistant, or who need additional help with a project.  Research Fellow’s hours are flexible, and they have the same pay rate as other Law School faculty RAs.  To apply, send your resume to Matt Morrison, mmm72@cornell.edu.

Now that the new semester is in full-swing, here are a few notes to keep in mind as things get underway:

Library Fines

  • Effective January 22, 2014, the maximum fine for overdue equipment and reserves has been changed from $35 to $150.  These changes were made on a University-wide level to ensure that materials are returned in a timely manner for the use of the next borrower.

Lost and Found

  • The circulation desk has a large number of lost and found items that accumulated over break. If you are missing any books, flash drives, clothing, study guides, coffee mugs, etc., please see us to retrieve your materials before February 1.

  • Carrels located on the first, fourth, new ground, and basement floors may be reserved for one semester at a time by 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students.
  • Each carrel must be shared by two students. Students may select a carrel partner or choose to have the library assign one.
  • Carrels located on the second floor may not be reserved and are available daily on a first-come, first served basis to all law students.
  • See Janet Gillespie personally in room 352 to reserve a carrel.
  • Questions may be directed to Janet at jmg32@cornell.edu or 607-255-5854.
  • All carrels are numbered. A map of the carrels will be made available with the signup form for easy identification.


Wednesday, January 22 8am-12pm


For students serving on journals, moot courts, or working for a professor
Thursday, January 23 8am-12pm


For all other 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for January 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Law and Social Theory – Reza Banakar; Max Travers


Research Methods in Law – Dawn Watkins; Mandy Burton

Research methods in law

Neutrality and Theory of Law – Jordi F. Beltran; Jose J. Moreso; Diego M. Papayannis

Neutrality and theory of law

Law Library services will be limited to the circulation desk on Monday, January 20.  The desk will open at 8am and close at 5pm.  All other library services will resume at 8am on Tuesday, January 21.

The end of one year and the begenning of a new one always seems to bring with it a trove of lists taking stock of the best and worst of the previous year. Never one to miss an opportunity to list things, we thought we’d highlight one of our own featuring the top ten most downloaded papers in the history of the Scholarship@Cornell Law Repository. Some on the list are more recent publications, while one others have been around for a decade or more.

Top Ten Downloads:

African Customary Law, Customs, and Women’s Rights
Muna Ndulo

Basic Indian Legal Literature for Foreign Legal Professionals
Uma Narayan

Overview of Legal Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: India
Navoneel Dayanand

Overview of Legal Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: South Korea
Oh Seung Jin

Legal Education in China: English Language Materials
Roderick O’Brien

Legalization of Prostitution in Thailand: A Challenge to Feminism and Societal Conscience
Virada Somswasdi

A Study of Islamic Family Law in Malaysia: A Select Bibliography
Raihana Abdullah

Introduction to the Italian Legal System. The Allocation of Normative Powers: Issues In Law Finding
Marinella Baschiera

Larger Board Size and Decreasing Firm Value in Small Firms
Theodore Eisenberg, Stefan Sundgren, and Martin T. Wells

Legal Treatment of Cohabitation in the United States
Cynthia Grant Bowman


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