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Join the Law Library for pet therapy with the Cornell Companions in the student lounge on Tuesday, April 28 from noon to 1pm. llama

This program is co-sponsored by the Cornell Law Library, Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program sponsored by the Cornell University veterinary community. Spouses, partners, and children are welcome.

prizelogoThe Law Library invites 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs to submit scholarly research papers to be considered for the annual Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research.

Entries may include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or journal notes.  All papers must have been written in the time period spanning May, 2014 – May, 2015.  Work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted.  Papers must be a minimum of 10 pages in length, must be written in proper Bluebook format, and must be properly footnoted.

First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library.  For submission procedure and selection criteria, please see here:

Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2015.  The winners will be announced May 8, 2015.

We’re running a Before They Were Stars edition of our repository highlight series with a publication by 1954 Cornell alum and future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.ginsburg paper

The paper, appearing in the Winter 1963 edition of the Cornell Law Review, is titled “The Jury and the Namnd: Some Observations on Judicial Control of Lay Triers in Civil Proceedings in the United States and Sweden.”

Ginsburg wrote the paper while working as an Associate Director for the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure and she spent a great deal of time studying the Swedish civil procedure system during this period, even co-authoring a book on the subject in 1965.

For more historical Cornell Law Review articles and for the latest publications from the law school faculty visit the repository at Scholarship@Cornell Law.

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While our Popular 240540-Compulsion8DVD Collection features many contemporary titles such as Game of Thrones and House of Cards, we’ve also made it a point to feature classic titles that emphasize law, lawyers, public policy, and government. One of those includes the under-appreciated 1959 film Compulsion starring Orson Welles, Diane Varsi and a young Dean Stockwell.

From the summary:

“Chicago, 1924. Two young men, one bossy and intimidating, the other sensitive and introverted, thought their superior intellect would enable them to pull off “The perfect crime.” The result is a sensational case with defense attorney Jonathan Wilk putting capital punishment itself on trial.”

Cornell faculty, staff, and students may check out DVDs; the loan period is seven days. From this guide you can see our current titles and link to the catalog record to see if the DVD is available or checked out.  You can also browse the collection in person in the study area directly outside the Law Library’s Reading Room.

Do you have a suggestion for the collection? Contact Nina Scholtz, Digital Resources Librarian.

In honor of Dean of Students Anne Lukingbeal’s retirement this month and 37 years of service at Cornell Law School we have a new exhibit on display in the eating area just outside the Reading Room on the third floor of the law library. The gallery below features a few of the images included in the exhibit.

Our digital repository Scholarship@Cornell Law has a new cleaner design that matches the look of our new website. Come check out the thousands of publications avalable from Cornell Law faculty and journals with our new look!


Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for February 2015 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Empirical Legal Analysis – Edited by Yun-chien Chang


Methods and Perspectives in Intellectual Property – Edited by Graeme B. Dinwoodie

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Trends in the Judiciary:
Interviews with Judges Across the Globe – Dilip K. Das, Cliff Roberson with Michael M. Berlin

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The law library has three new exhibits in the Gould Reading Room to coincide with Cornell’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The exhibits are:


Cornell at 2015: Celebrating 150 years at the Law School
A showcase of memorabilia and historical materials from throughout Cornell Law School’s history.

Myron C. Taylor: Cornell Benefactor, Industrial Czar, & Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Ambassador Extraordinary”
A feature of Cornell Law School’s primary benefactor and building namesake.

Cornell at 2015: Grateful to our Law Library Donors
A celebration of many of the Law Library’s donors of named endowments.

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