Northwestern Law’s Best Books of 2022

Always fans of book recommendations, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is pleased to compile this list of the best books read by members of the Northwestern Law community in 2022. [Links to titles in images.]

Want to add your favorite? Submit your recommendation here:

Posted in Holidays

Restricted Access for Exams Dec. 2-15

During reading periods and final examinations, access to the library is generally restricted so that Northwestern law students can study and take exams. During this time, the only students who are admitted are Northwestern law students. Students from other universities or Northwestern students outside the law program will not be admitted. Lawyers requiring the research materials may be admitted as under the Usual Access Policy, but are expected to maintain silence for the benefit of students.

Posted in Access

Thanksgiving Hours

The library circulation and reference desks will close early on Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 pm. The circulation and reference desks will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Northwestern law students, faculty, and staff will continue to have access to the library study space when the desks are closed via their Wildcard.

Please see the After Hours Policy for additional details.

Posted in Holidays

Student Library Assistant Positions Available for Spring

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for reliable law students to work at the library circulation desk next spring. In particular, we are looking for students with availability on Thursday evenings and Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

Duties include the following:

  • Check out and check in books, journals, reserve books and other library materials
  • Answer basic informational, directional and library policy questions, help patrons locate materials in the stacks, provide basic printer and copy machine assistance
  • Help troubleshoot public computers according to directions
  • Record and tally usage statistics
  • Search the stacks for books reported missing
  • Assist with opening and closing procedures

Interested students should send the completed application form and resume to Candice Jones, Circulation Services Manager.

Posted in Employment, Position Available

Resource Spotlight: ProQuest Legislative Insight and Supreme Court Insight

The Pritzker Legal Research Center recently subscribed to two additional resources from ProQuest: Legislative Insight and Supreme Court Insight.  Both are accessible directly via the embedded links, as well as through the law library’s A-Z list of databases.

Legislative Insight provides compiled legislative histories, including bill versions, Congressional Record excerpts, and committee reports and hearing transcripts, for major federal legislation enacted between 1789-1928, as well as select laws from 1929-1965.  Content is organized by number of Congress, is searchable, and is available for PDF download.  When used in conjunction with ProQuest Congressional, Legislative Insight will be a tremendously useful resource for discerning legislative intent.

Screenshot of ProQuest Legislative Insight homepage.
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Supreme Court Insight offers case histories, including briefs, dockets, joint appendixes, and transcripts of oral arguments, for argued cases from 1933-2017, as well as for certiorari denied cases from 1975-2018. PDF content is accessible via keyword search, case docket number, or U.S. Reports citation.  This resource will supplement content available through Gale’s The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978.

We hope you find these new resources to be useful and encourage you to reach out to our Reference Department with any questions!

Posted in Library Resources, Resource Spotlight, Uncategorized

Resource Spotlight: CountryWatch

The law library recently subscribed to CountryWatch, which provides up-to-date political, economic, and business information and news on countries around the world.

The key features highlighted below are located under the “Intelligence Zone” tab on the website.

Screenshot of homepage

Country Reviews provides detailed reports for each of the 192 countries covered in this database. These reports, which are generally updated and published once a year, provide political, economic, and social overviews for each country, as well as information about investments and the environment. The reports are quite extensive (as an example, France’s Country Review report spans 580 pages) and can be downloaded in PDF.

Screenshot of Country Review section

Country Wire collects news coverage from ten international news organizations. News content can be filtered by country and date.

Screenshot of Country Wire webpage

The website also has an Elections Central section, containing election information from around the world.

Screenshot of Elections Central webpage

Check out this database next time you are working on a project that involves in-depth country research!  

Note: If you encounter a login prompt or experience problems accessing content at any time while using this database, select the link located below the login form that says, “Log in via my IP Address.” Access is available both on-campus and off-campus.

Posted in Resource Spotlight

Hiring: Law Library Reference Intern

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites service-oriented library science graduate students to apply for the part-time temporary position of Law Library Reference Intern for Summer 2022. 

Responsibilities and Opportunities. The intern will provide research, reference and instructional support during the law school’s summer term. The intern will have the opportunity to assist and interact with the law school’s outstanding faculty and student population and will have access to the library’s exceptional print and electronic collection.  The library will provide training and opportunities for interaction with librarians, in addition to opportunities to work on special projects and other ventures consistent with the interests of the intern and the needs of the library. 

Qualifications.  Candidates for the Pritzker Legal Research Center Reference Internship must be enrolled in or graduated from an ALA-accredited library science program, and must have a strong service orientation, an ability to interact positively with diverse library users, and an ability to work independently and efficiently.   Course work or experience in reference and legal research methods is strongly preferred.  A J.D. or significant legal training is highly desirable, and such qualifications may substitute for reference course work or experience.

Compensation:  $20 per hour.  The Pritzker Legal Research Center Reference Internship is a temporary part-time position.  

To Apply:  Review of applications for the Reference Internship will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.  Candidates should email a letter of application and current resume to:

Jamie Sommer

Associate Director for Public Services

Posted in Employment

NU Library Search Assistant available in Chrome

Northwestern University Libraries has created a Chrome extension that provides a shortcut to searching library collections via NUsearch, Google Scholar or other libraries via Worldcat. Enter your search in the shortcut search bar or you can highlight terms in the text you are reading an right click to access the Library Search Assistant.

Download the Northwestern Libraries Search Assistant in the Chrome web store.

NU Library Search Assistant - Chrome Extension
Posted in Resource Spotlight

Book Release Discussion with Paul Gowder, Feb. 7

We invite you to join us for the latest in the Pritzker Legal Research Center’s Faculty Book Release Discussion series, featuring Professor Paul Gowder.  Paul will discuss his latest book, The Rule of Law in the United States: An Unfinished Project of Black Liberation, which is available, free of charge, via Bloomsbury Open Access.  The event will be held on Monday, February 7, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., in RB175, and will also be viewable via Zoom (link to be distributed via email to Northwestern Law faculty, staff and students). Grab-and-go snacks and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event.  We hope to see you there!

Posted in Events

Hiring for Spring: Pritzker Fellows

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for Pritzker Library Fellows for Spring Semester 2022.  Pritzker Library Fellows serve a 3-month appointment, at $850/month, working 10-15 hours per week on short-term faculty research projects and sourcing/citing for Law Library Journal.

Preferred Qualifications: 2L or 3L status, journal experience, RA experience, judicial clerkship, and/or Advanced Legal Research.  If interested, please email copy of résumé and law school transcript to Tom Gaylord, Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Librarian at  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Posted in Employment

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