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New Student Survival Kit

About the Education & Reference Department

The seven members of the Education & Reference (E&R) department provide reference and research assistance to all members of the Boston College Law School community. They are also responsible for legal research instruction. E&R offers Advanced Legal Research and 9 other specialized research courses that are available as experiential electives in your 2L & 3L years. All E&R librarians have a JD and an MS in Library & Information Science. 

For more information on the E&R librarians, including their individual contact information, please visit this page.

How We Can Help

Below are examples of the type of research assistance E&R provides:

  • Help identify and locate legal materials
  • Consult on legal and non-legal research 
  • Recommend search strategy
  • Identify starting points for legal research
  • Provide training on research databases
  • Advise on identifying and researching paper topics
  • Assist with law review citation checks and source collection

Service Hours & How to Reach Us

Chat with a Librarian: If you need live help with a research question, Chat is the best way to contact us. The law librarians staff the Chat during the scheduled reference hours. To Chat with us, just click on Chat button to the right. You can also find the Chat button on the Research Help page.
Email Us: You can also submit a question to us at any time via email by sending it to lawresearchhelp@bc.edu. We'll get back to you by the next business day. To submit a questions, click the button to the right. 
Call Us: You can always reach us by telephone during our scheduled reference hours at 617-552-2971.

Meet with Us: If you have an in depth question or would like to consult with us on a research assignment you can visit us at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library next to the Information Desk. You can also schedule an in person or video meeting with us using this Form.