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.


Viewing Electronic Resources During Server Migration

Here is a tip to help you view Texas Tech University Law Library electronic resources during the server migration.

If you are trying to connect with one of the databases and it acts like it isn’t working (see example below):

blank page


REMOVE the EZProxy prefix from the URL and it should work just fine.

ez proxy url line


You should be sent directly to the resource.

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If you still have problems viewing Law Library electronic resources after trying this tip, then contact your personal librarian or contact the Reference staff at:  806-742-7155.


Collaborative Commons

Over the summer, the library was very busy shifting our collection on the first floor to other parts of the library.  This change was made because we recognized a need for more group study space.  Since this is the only non-quiet area of the library, students often come here to work on homework and study together.  With the absence of books and bookshelves, we were able to put in more tables and seating for a better group work experience.  collaborative commons, students