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Student Survival Kit

This guide covers the library facilities and services available to incoming and current law students through the Law Library and its faculty/staff.

About the Teaching & Research Department

About the Teaching & Research Department

The members of the Teaching & Research (T&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. T&R offers Advanced Legal Research and a number of other specialized research courses that are available as experiential electives in your 2L & 3L years. All T&R librarians have a JD and an MS in Library & Information Science. 

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

How We Can Help

Below are examples of the type of research help T&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

Contacting Research Services

Email Us: You can also submit a question to us at any time via email by sending it to 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.

Chat with a Librarian: If you need live help with a research question, Chat is the best way to contact us. The Teaching & Research librarians staff the Chat during 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

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 an available librarian here.  

Locate Research Guides

If you need help when we are not available, we have created many research guides for students. The full list is available here.  A few Research Guides that might be of particular use to you as a 1L include: 

Basic Legal Research Tips             

Federal Judicial Materials

Federal Statutes and Legislation

Massachusetts Legal Research

Reading Legal Citations

Secondary Sources

Study Aids and Exam Preparation Resources

You can also conduct a search for your research topic using the search box below.