Because keeping up with current events and scholarship is important for faculty research and writing, the Law Library provides a number of current awareness tools. This page summarizes some common current legal awareness resources. Most of these resources are also available to students and can be utilized in teaching. Contact your library liaison with questions or to develop a current awareness plan tailored to your needs.
Overview of Current Awareness
Law faculty can receive notifications when their articles are cited by signing up for various citation alert services.
On HeinOnline, faculty can sign up for email alerts in their HeinOnline author profile page for whenever their articles on Hein are cited by new publications and cases on Hein. View instructions on how to manage author alerts from HeinOnline here: https://help.heinonline.org/kb/how-to-manage-author-alerts/.
You can make a Google Scholar profile and receive alerts any time your articles on Google Scholar are cited by other works in Google Scholar. You can read more about Google Scholar profiles and how to receive alerts here: https://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/citations.html#citations. If you need help making your Google Scholar profile, see the screencast made by the BYU Law Library here: http://huntersquery.byu.edu/google-scholar-profiles/.
Contact your library liaison for any assistance you may need.
Library and Technology Services Available After Graduation
Graduating law students have access to Lexis through December 31, 2022. Beginning July 10, 2022, when you sign on to Lexis you will see the Graduate Homepage where you can select a gift from Lexis (Law360, Intelligize, Lexis for Microsoft Office, Practical Guidance, or a LexisNexis e-book).
Graduating law students have access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.
Westlaw provides access for six months after graduation for up to 60 hours per month. You must register for “Grad Elite” status at https://lawschool.thomsonreuters.com/grad-elite-status/. Just like with summer access, you may NOT use Westlaw to do research for a client— only for personal learning or preparing for the bar exam.
The Law Library also has two computer terminals near the reference desk with public Westlaw access. They are available for use by anyone when the library is open to the public. Researchers must limit their sessions to 30 minutes when someone else is waiting. You are welcome to return to the library to use the terminals.
All attorneys who have bar membership in the United States have free access to Fastcase. Check your bar association’s website for details.
Other Law Library Databases
Students have access to most other law library databases including Quimbee until the August 1st following graduation. After graduation, BYU Law School alumni have access to two electronic resources through the Law Library: HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library and the LexisNexis Digital Library. Alumni can access some databases like HeinOnline (all BYU Law content), Westlaw patron access, and VitalLaw by visiting the Law Library in person.
HeinOnline Alumni Access: Alumni can access HeinOnline’s extensive library of over 2,800 law journals. Use the HeinOnline Alumni Access link at the bottom of the Law Library’s home page under “Helpful Links” and log in with your NetID and password.
LexisNexis Digital Library Attorney Access: Alumni and members of the Utah Bar can sign up for an account to checkout e-book versions of legal treatises and volumes of the Utah Code Annotated. For more information and a complete list of titles, go to https://library.law.byu.edu/information/digital-library-attorney-access/.
Carrels are available to recent graduates who are studying for the bar exam. Students who graduate in December are able to continue using the carrel they are currently assigned. Students who graduate in April will need to vacate their current carrel and pick a carrel for the summer via the carrel pick website. Further instructions regarding carrel picks will be sent to graduating students prior to the end of the semester.
Security and building access to the J. Reuben Clark Building remain the same until August 1 of the year you graduate. Graduating students have 24/7 access to the building and the quiet reading room in the library during library hours until August 1.
Graduates are always welcome to contact Reference Services or law librarians with research questions! Contact information is available at https://library.law.byu.edu/information/ask-a-librarian/.
Law Library Checkout Privileges and Document Delivery
Full checkout privileges extend through the end of the August following graduation. Afterward, graduates can sign up for a Community User account. Open the Community User Agreement.
In addition, we can provide scans of pages from non-circulating materials and email them to you. Send the title, author, and page range, along with a link to the book in our library catalog, to Melanie Coleman. Please allow 24 hours for turnaround. Requests are not processed over the weekend. Requests received after 3 p.m. on Friday are processed the following Monday. Requests that violate copyright law will not be processed.
Harold B. Lee (Main Campus) Library Privileges
Access to books and databases provided by the Harold B. Lee Library ends the August 31 following graduation. You can get circulation privileges by becoming a “friend of the library” for a $50 donation. For larger donations you can get remote access to some databases. For more information, see https://lib.byu.edu/services/friends-of-the-library/.
The Utah State Bar has authorized a limited number of recordings on CD and DVD for self-study CLE credit. Utah attorneys can check out these materials from the Law Library for free for a short time. For more information and a list of available recordings, see https://library.law.byu.edu/information/self-study-cle-materials/.
BYU Email Addresses
Graduating law students have access to their @law.byu.edu email addresses for one full year following graduation (until May 1 of the next year). Law School IT will contact alumni approximately one month before accounts expire to give you a chance to move your emails to another account.
In addition, BYU alumni have access to a permanent @byu.net email address that can be forwarded to the email service provider of your choice. For information go to https://alumni.byu.edu/email-forwarding.
Software (Microsoft Office, Zoom, Box, Eduroam, etc.)
Graduating students have access to BYU software for 30 days following graduation. For more information go to https://law.byu.edu/departments/it-services/laptop-initiative/software-and-services-for-students/ or email the Help Desk.
Printers for the Public
BYU Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint Printers
BYU students use the BYU Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint printing system with their BYU ID cards.
Patrons who are not BYU students may use the Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint system to print with a courtesy card. Courtesy cards are free when you add money to the card. You can add any amount you would like. You can get a courtesy card at the Circulation Desk. You may always deposit more money onto your reusable courtesy card. There are several ways funds can be added to Courtesy Cards.
There is a color printer in the law school for student and community use. This printer is a BYU Campus Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint printer (named BYU Campus Public Color), and it works like the other BYU Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint printers across campus. It is on the third floor of the law library near the Rex E. Lee room. There is actually a BYU Campus Public Color printer and a BYU Campus Public B&W printer there. There is also a BYU Campus Public B&W printer (but not a color printer) in the following additional location: on the second floor (the ground floor) of the law library by the reference desk.
Anyone can print from one of the public computers in the law library on the second floor (the ground floor).
To print to one of the Pharos/Open Access/ExpressPrint printers from your own computer, you must download the BYU Pharos Printer drive.
- Go to software.byu.edu.
- If prompted, enter your BYU net ID and password.
- Under the “Vendors” heading, click the “Pharos” link.
- Click the “Download Now” button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click the plus sign button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click “Continue” to download the program.
- Once the printer drive is downloaded to your computer, the BYU Campus Public Color printer will be available in your print dialogue box when selecting a printer. (The BYU Campus Public B&W printer will also be available.)
To print to the BYU Campus Public Color printer or the BYU Campus Public B&W printer from a law library computer or your own computer that has the BYU Pharos Printer drive:
- From the File menu of your document, select Print.
- From the drop-down menu on the Print dialogue box, select BYU Campus Public Color to print all the pages in your document on a color printer, or select BYU Campus Public B&W to print all the pages in your document on a black and white printer. Click “Ok.”
- A window will pop up asking your net ID and a name for the print job; enter the number on your courtesy card as the net ID and give it any name you want and click “Print.” Your print job is then sent to a print queue that you can access from any printing release station on campus.
- To print in color at the law school, go to the third floor of the law library near the Rex E. Lee room. There is actually a BYU Campus Public Color printer and a BYU Campus Public B&W printer there.
- Swipe your courtesy card at the printing release station, and follow the instructions on the screen in order to select and print your job.
- These two BYU public printers, and the cost associated with printing to them, are in no way affiliated or connected with the BYU Law Co-Op printing.
- When you download the BYU Pharos Printer drive, you will be downloading both the BYU Campus Public Color printer and the BYU Campus Public B&W printer.
- The cost of one sheet from the color printer, regardless of whether it actually has color on it, is $0.15.
- The cost of one sheet from the black and white printer is $0.07.
- The BYU Campus Public Color printer and the BYU Campus Public B&W printer share a screen at the printing release station on the third floor of the law library. This screen is used to swipe your courtesy card and select the job(s) to print. However, the BYU Campus Public Color printer and the BYU Campus Public B&W printer are two separate printers. Because there is no way to select between the two printers from the printing release station, your document will print from the printer you selected on your computer. The cost for that document will depend on the printer you chose from your computer, not on whether it has color. (For example, if you print a black and white document on the BYU Campus Public Color printer, you will be charged $0.15 per page. There are no refunds for mistakes.)
- Double-sided printing is considered the same as printing two pages and is charged accordingly.
- When you swipe your courtesy card at the printing release station and subsequently select a job to print, the cost is automatically deducted from the money on your courtesy card.
LexisNexis Digital Library for Attorneys
LexisNexis Digital Library Attorney Access Policy
The BYU Law Library provides access to the LexisNexis Digital Library through its Attorney Access program to the following individuals:
- BYU Law School alumni
- Members of the Utah State Bar
- Paralegals working for members of the Utah State Bar
The LexisNexis Digital Library contains ebook versions of the following Utah legal titles:
- Utah Code Annotated
- Utah Court Rules Annotated
- Utah Civil Practice
Ebook versions of well-regarded legal treatises including Nimmer on Copyright, Collier on Bankruptcy, and Business Organizations with Tax Planning are also available in the Digital Library. View the complete list of titles.
Questions? Email Iantha Haight at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open the Google Form
Self-Study CLE Materials
The Utah State Bar has pre-authorized a limited number of recordings for self-study CLE credit. A fee is not charged to the attorney. Due to high demand, please call 801-422-3593 to verify the availability of CDs prior to coming to the library. The recordings approved for credit in 2022 are:
|Title||Media Type||Call Number||CLE Credits||# of Copies||Checkout Period|
|Constitutional Law (Sum+Substance) (2020)||CD||KF 4550 .Z9 .C43 2020||14||1||24 Hours|
|Torts (Sum+Substance) (2019)||CD||KF 1250 .Z9 .F56 2019||11||1||24 Hours|
Note: The list of CLE materials changes every year.
All of the CLE materials must be picked up in person from the law library circulation desk at BYU and may be borrowed for a 24-hour loan period.
You also have the option to listen to or watch these materials at the law library when the law library is open to the public. To listen or watch in the library, when you pick up your CLE materials from the Circulation Desk, you may also check out headphones and an external drive (which is compatible with DVDs and CDs), which will allow you to watch or listen to the CLE materials on any computer that has a USB port and applications for CD listening and DVD watching. An employee with Reference Services can get you set up on one of the law library computers to watch or listen to CLE materials.
After you have listened to the recording, please contact Annalee Hickman Pierson (HickmanA@law.byu.edu) to have your credit posted. When contacting her, you must include the following information: (1) your name, (2) your Utah bar number, (3) the name of the recording, (4) how many hours of the recording you listened to, and (5) the date(s) that you listened to the recording.