Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA


Leigh H. Taylor Law Library

The Leigh H. Taylor Law Library collection of print, microform, and electronic resources supports in-depth research in all areas of the law school curriculum. At the core of the collection are primary source materials: statutes and court decisions from each of the states and the federal government. Most of these core materials are available in both print and electronic formats. The Taylor Law Library is a selective depository for United States and California government documents, and maintains a complete collection of regulations and decisions of California and federal administrative agencies. Treaties, statutes and decisions of international organizations, the European Union, United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada are the focus of growing collections in foreign and international law.

With the growing availability of primary sources of law in electronic databases, development of the 525,000 volume print collection is focused on the scholarly treatises, practitioner handbooks, loose leaf reporting services that are not as well represented in the online environment. Constitutional law, legal ethics, entertainment and intellectual property law, environmental and international law are areas of sustained emphasis.

The library subscribes to over 3,900 law related periodical and serial titles and over three dozen major electronic databases. In addition to providing convenient full-text access to materials such as law school law reviews, congressional legislative history documents and United Nations treaties, the electronic databases provide access to a broader range of information than was previously available in the traditional law library. Examples include historic legal treatises from 1800-1926, the full text of the constitutions of 200 foreign countries; state, federal, and private corporation statistical works; and selected JSTOR collections for interdisciplinary research in economics, history, political science, sociology, psychology and public policy.

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.