Excellence in Legal Research Summer Classes

Did you know that 35% of what a lawyer does in the first two years of practice is legal research?   Studies also show that the majority of those hiring new attorneys see new associates’ research skills as lacking or severely lacking.

The award winning Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech Law is a great way to strengthen your research skills before you enter the legal profession.  If you are currently a 1L or a 2L, it is still possible to complete the ten courses that will give you a bright spot on your resume and a leg up on those applying for the jobs you want.

This summer, we are offering THREE classes (see below).  Contact Alyson Drake, the Coordinator of the ELR program, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu to sign up for the classes, and keep your eyes open in August for the fall schedule.

ELR Single-Sided Flyer -- Summer 2016

Blue and Green Book Survival Skills on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30-8:30pm (a great way to get ready to serve on a law journal or to brush up on your skills before your summer job starts)

Texas Statutory Materials on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30-8:30pm

Federal Legislative History on Friday, July 8th from 2:00-5:00pm

Sign up today!


New Inter-Library Loan System

The Texas Tech Law School Library and the University Library are consolidating our inter-library loan/document delivery services.  Beginning now, all law faculty, staff, and students are now required to use the University ILL/Document Delivery Service (http://library.ttu.edu/docdel/).  All users will initially need to set up their accounts using their eRaider, to be able to use the ILL services (see instructions below).


You can find links to the new system in a couple of different places.


After clicking on the Sign In button, you will be directed to sign in with your eRaider.


Faculty Instructions

  1. To register for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a profile.
  • Select the correct STATUS for your position (TTU Faculty).
  • Make sure that LAW SCHOOL is chosen as your Department.
  • For the Department Delivered To, TYPE THE LAW LIBRARY:



Graduate Students/Staff Instructions

  1. To register for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a profile.
  • Select the correct STATUS for your position (TTU Grad Student or TTU Staff).
  • Make sure that LAW SCHOOL is chosen as your Department.
  • For the Pick Up Location, CHOOSE THE LAW LIBRARY:



  1. Once logged in, you will need to choose what type of request you want to make:


  1. Make sure that you fill out the required fields (marked with RED asterisks).



  1. After making a request, you will be able to monitor and manage your various requests in this same location:


Pickups and returns will be handled by the Law Library, but renewals and other administrative matters will need to go through the University Library.

Contact Information:

Texas Tech University Library
Room 130, Ground Floor


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8a.m.-7p.m.


National Library Week Events

Please join us for a full slate of events from Monday, April 11th to Friday, April 15th to celebrate National Library Week!  There will be lots of prizes up for grabs at each event, plus a chance to have some fun.  Please contact Alyson Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu with any questions.

National Library Week events sign

Annual Report FY 2014-2015

Time flies breporter link to annual reporty so quickly when you are busy!  In the rush of daily work sometimes it’s valuable to sit back and take a look at what you’ve accomplished last year.

Take some time and see all of the great things that the Law Library accomplished during FY 2014-2015.
Follow the link in the top left-hand column of The Reporter to see the Law Library’s Annual Report.

The front page shows the entire report or you can follow the individual links under the “Associate Dean Message” to quickly see an individual department’s report.

I hope you enjoy this look back at FY 2014-2015!

National Library Week Trivia Night

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Join the law library to celebrate National Library Week on Monday, April 11th at Trivia Night.  It’ll take place in the forum from 5:30-7:30pm.

Come take on your professors and classmates!  Register now, as we will cap registration at 20 teams.  Teams must be made of 6 people or less.  Pick up your registration sheet at the Library Information Desk.  If you’re an individual who is interested in participating, but don’t have a team, you can still register!  We will be putting together a “free agent” team for all of these individuals.

Players on registered teams will enjoy pizza and beer at Trivia Night.  The top three teams will also win great prizes, including movie tickets!

If you have questions, email Alyson Drake, the Student Services Librarian, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu, or stop by her office in the library (126ba).

And, keep an eye out for announcements regarding the many other awesome events that will be taking place during National Library Week!

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Timeline Browse

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

The Legislative Insight database enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment. Through this database, you can search bills, the congressional record, CRS reports, public hearings, and more.

An under-utilized searching tool within the database is the Timeline Browse. The Timeline Browse link is located on the Legislative Insight homepage top menu bar (shown below).

Leg Insight 1The Timeline Browse allows for searches based on broad subject matters–including Education, Immigration, and Water–listing out important acts and related documents in each subject.

Leg Insight 2For example, the Immigration subject timeline spans between 1882, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, and 2006, with the Secure the Fence Act. By selecting “retrieve documents,” you will be re-directed to a pre-filled “Quick Search” form (shown below).

Leg Insight 3A user can then narrow the search results by publication type, date, subject term, or source.

Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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