Campbell Law School

Student Services


The law library provides a variety of services to the student community. The following library services are provided to students at Campbell Law School.

Need a Notary Public?


Suggested Readings

Need notary services for your State Bar application or any other career related documents, please contact the following library staff member:

Professor Olivia Weeks
Room 203H



Looking for something to read beyond your law school casebooks? For a complete list of books recommended by various faculty members, see the library's Suggested Readings page.


Research Resources

Legal Research Tutorials

The law library provides students with online multimedia tutorials on how to use essential legal research tools.

Secondary Sources Case Law and Digests Statutes and Constitutions
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Administrative Law Legislative History Reduced Cost Online Research
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The Bluebook Education Law Law Library Tour
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Research Guides

Developing a Research Plan
Federal Legislative History
How To: Research Cases in Print
How To: Research Statutes in Print
iPad Apps for Lawyers
Legal Dictionaries and Thesauri Research Guide
Legal Encyclopedia Research Guide
North Carolina Legal Research
Start Your Own Law Practice in North Carolina



The law library provides students with the most comprehensive and up-to-date legal databases and research materials available. Students have access to all of the library's electronic research resources through workstations in the library and wireless access throughout the library and law school. Many resources may also be used from remote locations through the university's proxy server. To view a complete list of the library's collection of electronic resources, see the Databases page.

Law Library Catalog

The law library's online catalog, CamelCat, provides a sophisticated interface for library functions and public access needs. Users can access bibliographic records for all of the library's titles, both on-campus and from remote locations, through the library's website. To search the law library's catalog, try an Advanced Search.


Study Aids

The law library maintains a comprehensive collection of treatises, restatements, hornbooks, and West nutshells which supplement law school courses. Note that the library does not collect course outlines or compilations of case briefs keyed to casebooks. Current editions of nutshells and hornbooks are kept on reserve. A brief description of each type of study aid is given below.

  1. Treatise: A comprehensive or exhaustive review of a specific area of law. Treatises are often multivolume with heavy footnoting and are usually supplemented to stay current.
  2. Hornbook: A less detailed, one-volume treatment of an area of law in a narrative summary form. A hornbook is thorough but not as comprehensive as a treatise.
  3. Nutshell: West Publishing Company gives this name to its paperback series of brief treatments of legal topics. Nutshells contain fewer footnotes and references than hornbooks.
  4. Restatement of the Law: An arrangement of "restating" of the rules of law, based on a study of certain branches of common law by legal scholars of the American Law Institute. Restatements include law developed solely by judicial decisions and law, which has grown from the application of statutes by the courts.

Please note that many professors have strong preferences for specific treatises, hornbooks, and other study aids. Check with your professor for titles recommended for use in your class.



Bluebook Citation Guides


Exams Database

The library maintains an online collection of past law school exams. The exams database is also accessible through the "Quick Links" drop-down menu on the library's homepage. Most, but not all, professors contribute to this collection. You must have a username and password to access the exams online. For the exams database username and password, please contact Stephen Chan ( or 919.865.5873).


Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

CALI computer-based interactive tutorials are provided by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. Lessons are completely free and are great for mastering material during the semester and/or studying for exams. The CALI Library contains nearly 850 interactive lessons and tutorials in 33 areas of law including civil procedure, commercial transactions, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, evidence, property, torts, and wills and trusts. These lessons are authored by law professors who are experts in their respective areas of law and are designed to help you understand the basics of the law in those subject areas.

All of these materials are available to you at On the right side of the screen, there will be an option to register. When you register, you will be asked to give the authorization code. For the CALI student authorization code, please contact Stephen Chan ( or 919.865.5873). You only need to use this authorization code one time. Once you enter the authorization code, you will be asked to set up your own user name and password.

When you access CALI, you will note a quick link to the lessons on the right-hand side of your screen. Click on this link, and you will be taken to a screen that allows you to search for lessons or choose a subject from the listings for first-, second-, or third-year classes. Click on the course of your choice to begin the tutorials.


CourtroomView Network (LexisNexis Courtroom Cast)

Campbell Law School is a founding sponsor of the CourtroomView Network, a service that provides multimedia to the legal community. When registering with your school email address, you receive unlimited access to audio opinions and trial video. Search audio by course or casebook and then download MP3 files. Listen on your MP3 or CD player and learn on the go. You can also watch compelling trial video directly on the site.

To register:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Login & Register in the top right of the screen. Follow the prompts. You must use your law school email address.
  3. You will receive a verification email. Click the link to complete registration.


Library Services

The Campbell Law Library provides a wealth of services and the support of an exceptional professional staff. Reference librarians work with students to help locate information and identify and obtain relevant resources. In addition, reference librarians are available to answer questions via telephone, email and in person as well as hold informative training sessions. For reference assistance contact Caitlin Swift ( or 919.865.5871) or Stephen Chan ( or 919.865.5873)


Reference librarians may:

  1. help patrons locate law library resources;
  2. instruct patrons in the use of library materials and electronic resources;
  3. suggest appropriate resources and research strategies;
  4. look up readily available information, such as legal citation verifications, addresses or telephone numbers;
  5. assist patrons with locating resources not found in the law library collection; or
  6. refer patrons to other libraries or institutions for materials.

Reference librarians are not allowed to:

  1. conduct legal research on patron's behalf;
  2. interpret the law;
  3. provide legal advice;
  4. read statutes, cases, court rules, or definitions over the phone; or
  5. confirm that resources currently are on the shelf and available to use.

For more information regarding reference services, see the law library's policies.

By Telephone

Students may request reference assistance by telephone at 919.865.5869. However, individuals requesting assistance in person receive priority. Telephone assistance is limited by the library's policies and by the availability of staff.

By Email

The reference librarians offer email service to enable students to ask simple, direct questions (e.g. book or legal citation verifications, business addresses or telephone numbers). However, individuals requesting assistance in person receive priority.



The law library is primarily a research facility. As a result, much of the collection, such as journals, reporters, codes, encyclopedias, and multi-volume treatises, does not circulate outside the building. For more information about circulation, please contact Kim Hocking ( or 919.865.5874).

Borrowing Procedures

Campbell Law students must present a current and authorized Campbell Law ID Card. Campbell University students must present a current and authorized Campbell University ID Card.

Non-Campbell University persons may not borrow materials directly from the law library, but may request materials through interlibrary loan at their local library.


Loan Periods

Circulating law library materials are subject to a recall at any time. Revised due dates are communicated via email. If a recalled item is not returned by the revised due date, borrowing privileges may be restricted. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hocking ( or 919.865.5874).

Loan periods for circulating books and treatises vary according to the status of the borrower and the type of material.

Student Loan Periods for Law Library Items

Item Type
Loan Period
Reserve Books 2 Hours
Audio CDs 2 Hours
Audio/Visual Equipment 4 Hours
Laptop Computers 5 Hours
Popular DVD Collection 24 Hours
Books/Monographs 28 Days
Law Reviews & Journals Do Not Circulate
Microform Do Not Circulate
Serials & Looseleafs Do Not Circulate
Reference Books Do Not Circulate

Return Procedures

All circulating library materials must be returned to the circulation desk by their due date. If materials are not returned by the due date, the borrower will be notified. Borrowers receive three notices via email before a bill is issued from the University Business Office.


Overdue, Fines & Lost Items

Students receive an email reminder three days before an item’s due date. If the item is not returned, three overdue notices are sent:

  1. One day after the due date;
  2. One week after the due date; and
  3. Two weeks after the due date.

Fines accrue at $0.25 per day per item and should be paid when the book is returned.

After the third overdue notice, the material is assumed lost and a billing notice is sent. Students are charged the cost of the book plus a $25.00 processing fee. If the item is returned, the student is only responsible for the processing fee.

Students have one week from receiving a fine or billing notice to pay the charges in the library. At the end of the week, all charges are sent to the University Business Office to be added to his or her account. Correspondence concerning overdues, fines or bills should be directed to Kim Hocking ( or 919.865.5874).

*Reminder and overdue notices are a courtesy, and failure to receive one does not relieve the student of responsibility.


Popular DVD Collection

Members of the law school community (law students, faculty, and staff) may borrow DVDs from the law library's popular DVD collection. Users may borrow up to two DVDs at one time, for a period of 24 hours.


Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are located behind the circulation desk. Reserve materials circulate within the law library only. Some reserve materials may be checked out overnight one hour prior to closing and must be returned one hour after opening the next day.

The Reserve Collection consists of the following three sections:

General Reserve

General Reserve contains the most current hornbooks, general research aids, major topical treatises, North Carolina practice books, and audio CDs.

Course Reserves

Materials requested for reserve by faculty members for specific classes are kept on Course Reserves. Items on Course Reserves may include law library materials, materials from other campus libraries, photocopied materials, or personal copies. The Course Reserves page allows a user to know what is placed on reserve by the faculty member. To see the items placed on reserve, click the link to Course Reserves in the main search box on the law library's homepage or click here.

Items are generally kept on course reserve only for the semester that the course is being taught. At the end of each semester, personal copies are returned to the faculty member and library materials are reshelved in the collection or returned to the appropriate library.

Exam Reserves

The library maintains an online collection of past law school exams. The exams database is accessible through "Quick Links" drop-down menu on the law library's homepage or by clicking here. Most, but not all, professors contribute to this collection. You must have a username and password to access the exams online. For the exam database username and password, please contact Stephen Chan ( or 919.865.5873).

The law library also has copies of the released North Carolina Bar Exams from 1986 to the present. Students may use these materials in the library or make photocopies of the materials.


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by the law library for all faculty members. This service is used to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials that the library does not own.

The law library attempts to process all ILL requests within one business day of receiving them. Requests submitted on a weekend will be processed the following Monday. After processing, the library depends on the lending libraries to fill the requests as soon as possible. Typically, articles requested via ILL arrive in 1-4 business days. Books usually arrive in 7-10 business days. Patrons may keep photocopies of articles obtained via ILL; these do not have to be returned. All other ILL items (books, DVDs, etc.) must be returned to the law library in 3-4 weeks. The due date will appear on a cover strip attached to the book.

Please search the law library catalog before making an ILL request. Many times the material can be found in the law library, in the university library, or in an electronic database. In most instances, the library can borrow from other libraries at no charge. If a lending library charges for interlibrary loan, the library will absorb the cost up to $20. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hocking ( or 919.865.5874).



Copiers & Printers

The law school has implemented the Pharos Printing System throughout the law library. To install the Pharos System software please contact the law school's Technology department. The Pharos Printing System allows users to print from their personal laptaops as well as the library's public computers. For instructions on how to print from the library's public computers, please see a circulation assistant or library staff member.

The law library has two self-service photocopiers and a stand-alone printer located in the Library Photocopy Center (203D). There is an additional printer on the first floor and a self-service photocopier located in the Student Commons. One microfiche reader/scanner is also available in the library. You need to use your Campbell Law ID Card to print at these stations. Please remember to logout after making copies or printouts!

Money can be added to your account through your Blackboard eAccount.

Ask the circulation assistant or a library staff member for assistance.


Scanning & Faxing


The law library has two self-service photocopiers located in the Library Photocopy Center that also function as a flat-bed scanner. You may scan multiple flat sheets or pages from a book.

Scans are delivered via email as .pdf files. Note that some .pdf files are quite large and may exceed the capacity of the law school's email provider.


The law library fax machine is located in the Library Conference Room (203E). The fax machine is available for use by students, faculty and staff only. No international faxes will be sent. Incoming faxes for students will not be accepted.

Ask a library staff member for assistance.



A clicker may be required for one or more of your classes. Clickers create an interactive lecture environment by allowing students to respond to interactive PowerPoint presentations created by the professor. The clickers are located at the circulation desk in the reserve collection. They check out for an entire semester and can be renewed for one additional semester. The overdue fines are $1 per day or a $50 fine if the clicker is lost.


Public Computers & Laptops

Public Computers

There are ten public computers located on the second floor of the library and five public computers located on the first floor of the library. These computers provide Internet access and the ability to print to the library's photocopiers. For instructions on how to print from the library's public computers, please see a circulation assistant or library staff member.

Two of the ten public computers provide limited access to Westlaw to practicing members of the North Carolina Bar, including North Carolina state and federal primary sources as well as KeyCite.


The library has five laptops available for students to check out. The laptops are located at the circulation desk on the second floor and can be checked out for a 5-hour loan period. Once a laptop has been checked out, it can be renewed once for an additional 5 hours. Overdue fines are $10 for the first hour and $20 for each additional hour thereafter, with a maximum fine of $250. If a laptop is lost, the student will be charged the replacement cost ($1,500) plus the maximum fine ($250).


Wireless Network

All students with laptop or tablet computers may access the wireless network. With the proper equipment, students can access the network on both floors of the library and throughout the law school building. The information needed to log onto the wireless network is available from the law school's Technology department or from University Computing Services.

Laptop or tablet computer users who want to print will need to download software to access the law school's Pharos Printing System. To install the Pharos System software, please contact the law school's Technology department.

Laptops or tablet computers that are infected with computer viruses or worms will be denied access to the wireless network.


Proxy Server

The Campbell University Libraries have established a proxy server to provide legitimate Campbell users coming in from other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) access to restricted web-based databases. Certain Internet resources at Campbell are, for contract and license-related reasons, restricted to clients in the domain. Faculty, staff, and students who access the Internet through commercial ISPs off-campus are not able to access these restricted databases.

The proxy server allows Campbell faculty, staff, and students to have access to all of the law library's web-based resources regardless of the physical location of the user.

How the proxy server works

When you first try to access a remote database, you will be directed to a login page. Enter your username and password in the text boxes on the page. After you are authenticated, you will then be directed to the database you have chosen. The login page will appear only once in each session.

How to login

To log in to the proxy server you need to enter in your webAccess username for your username and your webAccess password for your password. If you have any questions about your webAccess account, you can go to or contact Computing Services Helpdesk at 910.893.1208 for assistance.

Need help

If you are experiencing problems using the proxy service, please call the main campus reference department at 910.893.1467. Alternately, you can email the main campus reference department at,