Legal Research Center
**ATTENTION: The Legal Research Center will be closed to non-law students for the duration of law school final exams: 7 a.m. on Friday, December 5 through noon on Friday, December 19 except for users of the FDLP collection. During this period, entrance to the LRC will require the presentation of a USD Torero ID card identifying the individual as a law or paralegal student.**
Welcome to the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC). In addition to a fine collection of books, the library offers computer research services, a very strong microforms and documents collection and generous space for work and study. The library is open seven days a week. Professional reference service is available during a majority of the library's operating hours.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
News Center Spotlights
the LRC App of the month
The Rulebook provides users mobile access to federal and state court rules. Among the features offered in Rulebook: full-text searching of the user's Rulebook library, basic annotation tools, and hyperlinking to other relevant rules.
The app is FREE and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. The Bluebook is available as an in-app purchase for $39.99.
Win a $5 gift card to Doug's Cardiff Coffee Cart
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which upheld the doctrine of “separate but equal,” is often listed as one of the worst decisions of the Supreme Court (along with Dred Scott, Korematsu, and Lochner). Which Supreme Court Justice wrote a strong, solo dissent to Plessy?
The winner will be selected at the end of the month from those submitting correct answers.
Google Indoor Maps
The LRC has gone Google. Find floor maps of the library by visiting Google maps and then zooming in as far as you can go. Works best on mobile devices.
Check out our legal tech center
Test legal apps, charge mobile devices, play library trivia, read and watch popular legal books and movies. Find the current schedule of legal tech talks.
Meet library staff
Dean Gruben is the fearless leader of the law library. Don't be shy to ask him the hardest research questions you can come up with. He began his work as a librarian in 1977 and joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009. Read more about his background.
Club of the Month
For our monthly library highlights, we display the library resources we have related to the law student organization of the month along with related links from other schools and associations.