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The Law Library is pleased to announce the purchase of Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati, a 1478 edition of Bartolus’s important commentary on part of Justinian's Digest. Printed in Venice by Nicolas Jenson, it is the Law Library’s first incunable. The word “incunable” comes from the word meaning “cradle” in Latin. Applied to printing, it refers to books from 1450 to 1501, an era initiated by Johannes Gutenberg’s Bible, the first book printed with perfected moveable type. Previously, our oldest book was a 1505 edition of ...

Students may now access study aids via a free mobile app. Last fall, the Law Library announced the addition of West Academic’s Study Aids for Law Schools to its collection. Now, students may access these same study aids via a free mobile app that provides the same highlighting and note-taking capabilities of the web version, and syncs those notes across all of your devices. The collection includes over 250 study aids including Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Hornbooks, Flashcards, and exam prep titles, covering subjects across the law...

The Law Library is pleased to announce the addition of West Academic’s Study Aids for Law Schools. Students now have electronic access to over 250 study aids covering subjects across the law school curriculum. The collection includes Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Hornbooks, Flashcards, and exam prep titles. Features include the ability to bookmark pages, highlight passages, and add notes. With electronic access, you can use these study aids at BLB, at home, or anywhere you can access the internet. Check out these great tools for outlines and exam preparation.

January seems far away, but now is the time to consider courses for next semester. To help you become efficient and effective researchers, and to help you meet your experiential credit requirements, there are several advanced legal research (ALR) courses being taught by librarians in Spring Semester 2018: During intersession (January 9-12): Advanced Legal Research Methods in Specialized Subjects: Business Law, a 1-credit topical course taught by Mr. Don Ford Semester-long: Advanced Legal Research, a...

We are excited to begin the new academic year. The Law Library is here to help with your legal research needs. The Law Library’s entrance is on the second floor of the Boyd Law Building. If you are not familiar with the layout of the Law Library, please see our maps page. For the Law Library’s opening hours and reference hours, please visit the Law Library’s homepage. To check out materials or access reserve items, please visit our Circulation Desk, which is directly to the left as you enter...

The University of Iowa Law Library is delighted to announce an addition to our extensive Rare Book collection pertaining to Sir William Blackstone: The Palladium of Conscience (1773).

Looking for book recommendations? We have a vibrant community of scholars at Iowa Law. Our faculty read both for work and for pleasure. This is no surprise in Iowa City, home of the Writers’ Workshop and Prairie Lights Bookstore, and a UNESCO City of Literature.

The 1505 edition of William Lyndwood’s Provinciale is the oldest book in the Law Library. It was in major need of repair and now has been restored and rebound.

Looking forward to the summer or to graduation? Here is information on access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.

In this short video, Professor Paul Gowder discusses his book The Rule of Law in the Real World (Cambridge University Press 2016). The book gives a comprehensive new theory of the political and legal ideal known as "the rule of law": what it means (the coordinated collective control of power), why it matters (it constitutes a morally important kind of social equality), and how these properties should be taken into account in social scientific attempts to measure it as well as policy efforts to promote it.


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