Services to Students

Borrowing

Law students may check out books and other materials at the Circulation desk. Law students may also check out course materials and sample exams placed on reserve by their professors for particular courses. University students may borrow single volume monographs for six weeks.

Law Student Loan Periods for Law Library Items

Item TypeLoan Period*
Reserve Books2 Hours / Library Use Only
Reserve Exams2 Hours / Library Use Only
Flash Cards5 Hours / Library Use Only
Study Aids / LRAW24 Hours
Audio CDs2 Weeks
Popular / DVD Collection6 Weeks
Books / Monographs6 Weeks
Law Reviews & JournalsDo Not Circulate
MicroformsDo Not Circulate
Serials & LooseleafsDo Not Circulate
ReferenceBooks Do Not Circulate

*Items, with the exception of Audio CDs and Study Aids/LRAW, may be renewed by phone [803-777-3367], by email, or online through your account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If, after searching the law library and other University of South Carolina catalogs, you cannot find the item you need, you may request that we borrow it from another library by submitting an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form. The ILL process may take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks. Scanned chapters or articles may also be requested. You will receive an email when your item arrives. If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation desk [803-777-5942].

Study Rooms and Carrels

Study Rooms

The Law Library provides larger rooms for group study. Depending on size, all rooms require two or three students to make a reservation. Group study rooms may be reserved only by USC School of Law students, staff, and faculty. To reserve a room, view availability, or get more information, see our study rooms page.

Carrels

Open study carrels are available on each floor of the library for student use.

Printing & Computing

Computers and printers for law student use only are located in the Student Commons, adjacent to the first floor of the library. Each student is allotted 1000 pages per academic year. When the allotted pages are spent, you must add money to your Carolina Card account. Lexis-Nexis offers free printing of Lexis material to a printer in the Student Commons.

Study Materials

The law library lends a variety of study materials. See the Circulation desk, Reference desk, or browse the Study Aids special collection.

CALI [Computer Assisted Legal Instruction] develops lessons covering over 30 different legal subject areas. Before using the lessons, students must create a free user account by visiting CALI.ORG. Each user must enter an Authorization Code at registration that can be obtained from your legal research instructor or by contacting lawref@law.sc.edu.