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Laurel Davis

Laurel Davis

Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law

Curator of Special Collections


Library Room 256


Legal History

Criminal Law

Employment Discrimination


Research for Criminal Law Practice

Advanced Legal Research


Laurel Davis joined the Education & Reference team at Boston College Law Library in 2010. Laurel provides research support to students and faculty and teaches Advanced Legal Research and Research for Criminal Law Practice. She also serves as the Curator of Special Collections, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and class visits to the Rare Book Room. 

Prior to joining the team at the BC Law Library, Laurel worked at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, providing research services and training to attorneys and paralegals. Laurel received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, J.D. from Boston College Law School, and M.L.I.S. from Simmons University. 

Get to Know Your Personal Librarian

What legal research classes do you teach?

Advanced Legal Research (3 credits) and Research for Criminal Law Practice (2 credits)

What is the most interesting research question you have gotten?

How many times gendered pronouns appear in the U.S. Constitution! 

What is your favorite legal research source?

I'm a big fan of Black's Law Dictionary. In addition to having helpful definitions, it provides a lot of useful historical information. I also love the Practical Law resources on Westlaw.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Puerto Rico for warm weather, and the Berkshires for the fall. 

What is your favorite book?

For fiction, the one that keeps coming to mind is Circe, by Madeline Miller. It's revisits Greek mythology from the perspective of a relatively minor character in The Odyssey. For nonfiction, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson is incredible. 

What is the last thing you binge watched?

Ted Lasso. And then I re-watched it. 

What are your hobbies?

I love reading, playing board games, building Lego sets and playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with my son (and without him), and baking. I tried to take up juggling but couldn't get beyond the basics.  

Where is your favorite place to have lunch near the law school campus?

O'Hara's, near the Newton Highlands T station. They've got great burgers, salads, sandwiches, and awesome fried pickles.